CYCLAS HITS NEW YORK: On Wednesday afternoon, Bergdorf Goodman invited editors, bloggers and PYTs to a chic luncheon for Cyclas, the Tokyo-based brand founded by Keiko Onose, a former buyer for United Arrows and owner of The Secret Closet boutique chain there. Founded in 2007, Cyclas started as a private-label line offered within the store and will open its sixth location in Asia this year.
Onose recently renamed the brand Cyclas, which refers to a type of tunic worn during the Middle Ages, and the past year has been something of a new beginning for the label. Made in Japan from luxe fabrics which Onose sources globally, the label has expanded globally to retailers including Canadian e-tailer Ssense.com, Blake in Chicago and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and will hold its first presentation during Paris Fashion Week in October.
“I have been committed to the women’s international fashion ready-to-wear business for 25 years…on different ends of the industry, starting my career as a buyer for a retailer; launching my store, and now designing this collection,” Onose said during her toast to the room. “Cyclas launched because I wanted to create a sophisticated, modern and sensible wardrobe that catered to the lifestyle of the multifaceted woman.” The label’s fall collection, which was displayed alongside Altuzarra on the third floor, featured refined, understated wardrobe staples, including crisp, striped shirting; creamy knits; an elegant wrap dress, and a double-faced cashmere camel coat trimmed with mink fur.