Linder is investing in itself.Sam Linder and Kirk Millar, who founded the men’s and women’s brand in 2013, are relaunching their e-commerce site and releasing a new accessories collection. Although they continue to grow their lists of stockists, which include Opening Ceremony, Boon the Shop, Galeries Lafayette and Harvey Nichols, they realize that focusing on their own platform to sell and release product is more in line with how the industry is changing.“With where fashion is heading, everyone is thinking about different sales channels and what’s going to be next. Obviously online is where it’s at,” said Millar. “We are still doing wholesale, but we are excited to use this platform to launch whatever product we have conviction about.”Linder seconded that notion and said they don’t want to feel beholden to the buy a store makes and they receive requests for old and new product people see on the runway but can’t find in stores.But the designers say the e-commerce site, which will relaunch on Nov. 20, will be more than a portal for selling product. Linder said it will offer a unique brand experience. The runway collections will be available along with smaller capsules, which they will release as they please, and the product will ship worldwide.The new accessories collection, which will be introduced on Nov. 16, includes D-ring belts, leather handbags and distinct jewelry. The handbags retail from $690 to $2,690; jewelry is priced from $115 to $390, and belts retail for $280.This past March, the founders quietly closed their SoHo store, which started out as a multibrand boutique and then transitioned to being mostly focused on Linder product.“Obviously that was a great chapter for us, but I think that, again, becoming more modern and seeing the future of where things are heading for fashion e-commerce is a great opportunity,” said Millar. “And there are other channels that can be used without having a bricks-and-mortar store.”More from WWD:Linder to Show Men’s and Women’s During New York Fashion WeekLinder Collaborates With Artist Conie Vallese on Capsule Collection
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast