Lamb & Flag is described as a sexy, denim-driven youth apparel brand with American iconography (despite being named after a pub in London). The concept was given the go-ahead by former Kellwood Co. chief executive officer and current J.C. Penney Co. Inc. chief operating officer Michael Kramer, who envisioned it becoming a 700- to 800-door chain.
Jill Granoff, who became ceo of Kellwood in May, said Kellwood was taking a new strategic direction with its brand portfolio that involved no longer investing in start-up concepts that have a long-term payback, rather focusing resources on businesses with the greatest growth potential and profitability.
The decision to divest of Lamb & Flag came six months after the company unveiled its first store at the Brea Mall in Brea, Calif. The company opened two subsequent units at The Shops at Mission Viejo and Los Cerritos Center, also in California. A spokesman for Hilco Streambank said Kellwood “didn’t [have time] to market or focus on marketing Lamb & Flag,” so Hilco was hired for its expertise. He declined to give the asking price, but said Hilco is open to and entertaining all offers.
Selling a fully developed brand with a retail concept, three stores and a Web site isn’t something that comes along often, the spokesman said. “This is a unique situation,” he explained. “A lot went into creating it. [Kellwood] felt this would take attention away from other brands” such as Vince, Rebecca Tayor, David Meister and Sag Harbor.
“It would be an interesting house brand [for a retailer such as Wal-Mart or Kohl’s],” the spokesman said. “Or, it could work with an existing retailer that wants to open another concept aimed at a different customer. It’s a brand that resonates and has a unique position.”
“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