J. Crew Group, while continuing to rework its J. Crew collection, appears to be evolving its selection of third-party brands to fill voids in the assortment and test new products and fabrics. J. Crew won’t comment on its third-party strategy, but the latest edition was Tuesday with the introduction of Mack Weldon for J. Crew Prime Cotton men’s underwear. Previously, Mack Weldon sold its core underwear range to select J. Crew stores. Prime Cotton marks the first time Mack Weldon designed exclusive product for the retailer. The products — boxer briefs priced $28; button-fly boxers, $32; trunks, $24, and undershirts, $38 — are sold on jcrew.com and at 19 J. Crew stores. Other third-party brands on the web site include Lacoste, Vans, Sperry, Alden and Le Specs, an Australian sunglasses firm.
Ralph Lauren can add a new notch to his leather belt: Honorary Knighthood. A representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will present the honor to the iconic American designer at a ceremony next year, reports @lisajlockwood . #wwdnews
Cosmetics entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury came face to face with one of her inspirations when Queen Elizabeth handed her an MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at Buckingham Palace earlier today. #wwdbeauty
Stella McCartney has been designing wedding looks for customers, friends, family — and herself — for years.
And now, leveraging the success of the dress she designed for the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception in May, McCartney is launching, Made with Love, a bridal line including eight dresses and an ivory tuxedo, reports @natalietheodosi . “I feel very protective over the bride, because I know what it was like when I got married, and for me to do my own wedding dress. There are moments that are so personal and private, so emotional and loaded with many different issues,” McCartney told WWD in an interview in June. “I think we are really blessed to have the emotional trust with a woman. She’ll come in and feel the love that we put into everything. What she chooses can be conventional or unconventional. It’s a personal experience.” #wwdnews