Product: Junior and girls’ jeans and related sportswear, footwear and innerwear. Volume: $150 million (estimate) Owner: The Jones Group Inc., New York
Now in its 10th year as part of The Jones Group Inc. and its fourth as part of Wal-Mart’s exclusive brand portfolio, L.E.I. has begun to show signs of life after a prolonged slide. Jones had struggled with the acquisition as the label, long a powerful junior jeans brand, lost many of its once-loyal teen followers. Rather than compete against greater competition in department and specialty stores, Jones opted to forge an exclusive relationship with Wal-Mart. Although troubled in 2011 by what Jones termed “competing new product initiatives and price compression,” the label—energized with color, print and skinny silhouettes—has bounced back this year. While still shy of its peak of nearly $250 million, it’s now estimated to be at more than twice its $70 million trough, with its improvement cited when Jones reported an 8.1 percent jump in domestic jeanswear revenues in the third quarter, to $202.3 million.
The 46-year-old Vans brand, a mainstay of customers keen on the skate lifestyle that wrapped up its 18th Vans Warped Tour with rising rock bands, has sponsored global skate and surf contests and hosted a series of parties in Brooklyn to elevate brand awareness in the Northeast. With nearly 7 million Facebook fans, it’s spreading its signature checkerboard pattern across pop culture, and has awarded more than $175,000 to high school art programs over the past three years. It’s also growing through new stores (currently at 347) and products—launching LXVI performance footwear in June—and a focus on markets like China, Australia and northern and central Europe. It sells in more than 170 countries and opened distribution in India and Vietnam in the last 18 months.
@SavagexFenty is launching a men’s wear collection.
As Rihanna preps for her third Savage x Fenty show, the brand revealed today a men’s wear capsule collection with Christian Combs, launching on Oct. 2.
Combs, one of Sean “Diddy” Combs' sons and a rapper under the name @KingCombs, worked with Rihanna on the collection, and though the line is designed for men, it is intended to be worn by everyone.
“I wanted to create men's wear styles that everyone can wear,” Rihanna said in a statement. “And after Christian did such a great job at the 2019 fashion show wearing men’s, I knew we had to have him as a collaborator.”
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A new documentary goes behind the scenes at Jean Paul Gaultier’s farewell show.
Gaultier said that watching the 52-minute film had brought him a new perspective, after the blur of presenting more than 230 outfits during the hour-long show, which featured a cast of famous models alongside guests stars such as Boy George, Dita Von Teese, Rossy de Palma and Béatrice Dalle.
“I was a bit of a zombie. Normally, I am much more active. This time, I was busy enjoying the ambiance of my last fashion show, so I barely touched the model’s outfits,” he told WWD.
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