After nearly 50 years in love with luxury, Judith Leiber is ready to walk down the aisle. Leiber, the house synonymous with the crystal minaudière, is introducing a selection of bridal handbags for the spring wedding season as part of company president Mary Gleason’s expansion strategy, which also includes costume jewelry and a fragrance launch planned for January. “I’ve been the president of Judith Leiber for two-and-a-half years, and the first order was to make sure our core business was secure,” says Gleason. “Next, we represent special occasion, high evening and red carpet. How do we expand the footprint of the brand?” Key to that was reaching a younger audience, for whom bridal would be a point of entry. The bridal collection features a range of minaudières, including the playful three-tier wedding cake shape replete with crystals and pearls, shown here, and fabric bags, all lined in blue silk and often with jewelled closures. The pieces are priced between $995 and $7,000, and the line will be launched in February in Judith Leiber stores and specialty stores, as well as on e-commerce sites.
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Phoebe Philo is returning to fashion.
WWD reported yesterday that the English designer is planning a new collection and has been interviewing designers.
One of the most acclaimed designers of her generation, Philo made her name during a 10-year tenure at Celine. Season after season, she minted low-key modernist clothing and handbags and built an intensely loyal fan base.
Philo said the above quote in an exclusive interview when she joined @celine in 2008.
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The Hervé L. Leroux label is returning to ready-to-wear.
The revived line will be presented to buyers during Paris Fashion Week and is designed by the late couturier’s sister Jocelyne Caudroy.
"Hervé left a fantastic heritage [of sketches and unfinished works]. When the project was suggested, I thought of Virginie Viard and how she had worked alongside Karl Lagerfeld. I accepted because this way, I can preserve the way Hervé worked. To continue, when given the opportunity, is important because this heritage lives within us,” Caudroy said.
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French beauty exports grew 9% in 2019.
The sector’s sales to China rose 48 percent on-year.
Overall, France’s largest export beauty product category was skin care, which generated more than 7.3 billion euros, up 46 percent over the past five years.
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