Direct-to-consumer luxury footwear brand Tamara Mellon on Monday revealed a $24 million Series B round of financing led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates, with participation from Quadrille Capital, a new investor. The Series B round brings to $37 million the total amount of capital raised by the brand.
Mellon and cofounder and chief executive officer Jill Layfield credited the company’s disruptive business model and strong performance for attracting interest from investors. “The business tripled in the first half of 2018 versus the first half of 2017, is largely mobile, and has a fiercely loyal customer base and social following,” Layfield said, adding, “We set out to raise $15 million. Because of the repeat data we’re seeing from customers we acquired, we had people sort of lining up and wanting to get behind us.
“I feel like the [Emmy] nomination is this absurdly generous bonus to something that I’ve already been excited by for quite some time now,” Darren Criss tells @ktauer about his nomination for his role as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, “My general attitude toward life is I hope for everything but expect nothing. But when you’re playing for the Warriors, there’s a good chance you’ll make it to the championships. And I’m not saying I’m Steph Curry, but when you’re on [showrunner] Ryan Murphy’s team, it seems more palpable than ever,” he continues. (Criss previously starred on “Glee,” another Murphy creation, although they didn’t directly work together.) “I feel like I’ve already won the lottery.” Read more in WWD.com (📸: @lexieblacklock ) #wwdeye #darrencriss #americancrimestory #emmys2018
Ganni turned over a new leaf for spring 2019, reports @fionawsma from Copenhagen Fashion Week. Instead of sending its signature floral-print dresses down the runway, the brand collaborated with 66 North, a technical outerwear brand, and produced a chic-yet-utilitarian offering that included a tie-dye vest and short set, and leopard-print pieces sprinkled among the khaki parkas and bucket hats. #wwdfashion #ganni #copenhagenfashionweek