NEW YORK — Nordstrom is supporting the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund by opening boutiques for the 10 finalists at five flagships and Treasure & Bond, its concept store in SoHo that donates 100 percent of proceeds to charity.
The Seattle-based retailer already sells in its stores three of the 10 lines, Suno, A.L.C. and Tabitha Simmons. The others are: Assembly New York’s Greg Armas, Giulietta’s Sofia Sizzi, Illesteva’s Justin Salguero, Daniel Silbermann and Alina Silbermann, Jennifer Fisher of Jennifer Fisher Jewelry, Jennifer Meyer of Jennifer Meyer Maguire, The Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait, and Wes Gordon, who designs a namesake collection.
Jeffrey Kalinsky, executive vice president of designer merchandising at Nordstrom and a member of the selection committee, said, “We currently carry three of the candidates, and we have definite interest in the seven that are not currently represented in stores. Emerging American designers need all the support we can give them as an industry.”
About 200 designers applied to the fashion fund this year. The committee cut the pool of entrants down to 50, then whittled it down to 10.
“Overall, our Nordstrom customer is much younger, very forward and lifestyle-driven,” said Sahar Sokhandan, designer apparel buyer at Nordstrom. “A lot of these designers have loyal followings.” The shops, which launch on Monday, are scheduled to remain in stores through May, however, “We think [the boutiques] are going to sell out rather quickly,” a spokeswoman said.
The six boutiques, including Treasure & Bond’s 400-square-foot shop-in-shop, are being supported by a full-page ad in Nordstrom’s upcoming catalogue, targeted e-mails, an informational page on Nordstrom's Web site and blog coverage on Nordstrom's The Thread at blogs.norstrom.com. Nordstrom has been supporting the CFDA for seven years.
Asked whether Nordstrom has plans to roll out Treasure & Bond, the spokeswoman said, “We’re really focused on this store at this time. We’re learning a lot about the New York customer and a lot about doing business in New York,” a reference to one of the reasons Treasure & Bond was launched — to become familiar with the city prior to opening a full-line store. Nordstrom signed a lease last year to open in 2018 a 280,000-square-foot flagship on West 57th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue south of Central Park. Meanwhile, Treasure & Bond is working on launching e-commerce.
“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
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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