With the high-end jewelry sharing business Flont, founder Cormac Kinney aims to help a host of companies cash in on the sharing economy.
Kinney, who is married to jewelry designer Mimi So, launched the site “fairly stealthily” in January with a little help from New York stylist Jackie Astier, who hosted a friends-and-family event. With 15 investors including Carmen Busquets, Google Japan’s chief marketing officer Miki Iwamura, former Coach executive vice president of global marketing and strategy Stephanie Stahl, former Coca Cola president Jack Stahl, Jefferies & Co. head of strategic investments Vlad Portnoy and former New York Times executive vice president Denise Warren, Flont has raised $2 million.
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