NEW YORK— Stuart Vevers may have been born and raised in the U.K., but New York City is his home now. And so redesigning the company’s boutique in SoHo was especially meaningful to the executive creative director of Coach.“It’s my local store,” he said. “It’s the closest to where I live in TriBeCa, so I visit it frequently.”The 3,790-square-foot store at 143 Prince Street is in a building that dates to the Thirties and seeks to blend historical architectural features with Coach’s signature details. The windows facing West Broadway have been opened up to reveal more natural light, there is a mix of bespoke furniture and custom cabinetry and the building’s original cast-iron columns, exposed brick walls and end grain block flooring were also retained.Vevers worked with William Sofield, designer and president of Studio Sofield, on the project, which also speaks to the uniqueness of the area.“We focused on connecting the space to the neighborhood so that it felt unique and considered for this space and building,” he said. “It’s also an expansion, so we had more space to play with.”The store previously measured 3,090 square feet and was closed for the renovation since the beginning of June.The two-level unit sells men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories as well as seasonal limited-edition pieces. Services include Made to Order Rogue, which allows shoppers to customize a Rogue bag, and monogramming is also available.Vevers said he also worked on the design of the company’s 20,000-square-foot flagship on Fifth Avenue, which opened last year, but the SoHo unit has a different aesthetic. “We want people to discover different locations and feelings,” he said. “The assortment and curation is different. Fifth Avenue is more elevated, but we wanted this to feel like a cool, downtown space.”Vevers enjoys stepping outside of the apparel and accessories realm and working on store design for a change. “I definitely enjoy it, but only if I’m working with the right partner,” he said. “With Bill as a partner, we started talking about the space and came up with some new ideas.”The store reopens to the public today. Coach operates more than 900 stores around the world. Vevers will show his spring collection on Tuesday, where he said he is planning "some fun surprises."
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews