MILAN — Urban Outfitters has opened on Wednesday its first Italian store in Milan.Located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the shop occupies a 1,400-square-foot space which previously hosted the iconic Fiorucci department store and then, since 2003, the first H&M Milanese unit.Spanning four levels, the store carries both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections, mainly on show in the basement, as well as a selection of home and lifestyle items which are on display on the second floor.“We have been looking for a location for a long time and we finally found the right store in the right place to offer Italian costumers a full Urban Outfitters experience,” said Urban Outfitters Europe managing director Emma Wisden.Even if the Milanese store features a product offering reflecting the buying of the Urban Outfitters European team based in London, Wisden also revealed that “local exclusive collaborations” will account for 10 percent of the goods on sale in the new shop.Along with the Urban Outfitters house brand, the Milan store carries a number of international labels, including Fila, Adidas, Obey, Levi’s and Stüssy, among others. In addition, a range of upcycled vintage men’s and women’s ready-to-wear pieces and accessories, featuring the “Urban Renewal” label, are on sale at the store.According to Stefan Laban, global head of international at Urban Outfitters, the company expects the Milan unit to be “one of the Urban Outfitters top five best-performing stores in Europe.”Wisden, who said that the company is also in the process of searching for more locations in Italy, especially one in Rome, is debuting its first French store in February, which will be located on Paris’ Rue de Rivoli.With the U.K. as its biggest European market, Urban Outfitters currently operates 50 stores in the continent, which, as Wisden explained, the company approaches with several exclusive collaborations.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion