TINY BUBBLES: Timo Weiland has teamed with Jaboneria Marianella’s mother-son team of Marianella Febres-Cordero and David Foote for an assortment of limited-edition soaps. Inspired by Weiland’s fall collection, the eight fragrant vegetable-based soaps are packaged in colorful patterned wrappers like chevron. The $16 Jaboneria Marianella/Timo Weiland soaps have a run of 500 units.
Shoppers can find the special-edition items at the new Jaboneria Marinaella Soap Bar at the Gansevoort Market, which is housed at 353 West 14th Street in Manhattan. Weiland and Foote became friends more than 10 years ago. Foote said, “Timo’s designs have always inspired me. I love how he plays with masculine silhouettes and concepts, and applies them to women’s wear.”
Having worked in fashion illustration, Foote said he plans to collaborate with other designers going forward. His drawings can be found in Poppy King’s book “The A to Z of Lipstick,” which was published earlier this month. Foote said, ”I love the idea of pairing up a fashion designer and their vision with ours, the combination of ideas really sparks something unique.”
Weiland’s mother, Alison, has been part of his company’s story from the beginning. The designer said it was inspiring to work side-by-side with another mother-son team. “Keeping it in the family is something that we have aimed to do with this beautiful line of handmade soaps,” Weiland said.
Weiland has been busy gearing up for the debut of his uniforms for Crowne Plaza hotel staffers. In September, the InterContinental Hotels Group named him its style director for the Crowne Plaza brand in the Americas. The wardrobe overhaul is part of Crowne Plaza Accelerate, a strategy that includes a $200 million investment for the brand in the Americas region. Weiland started his signature label of women’s wear and men’s wear in 2010 with Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang.