Dayang Group, the world’s largest suit manufacturer, has invested in another custom men’s wear maker.InStitchu, an Australian made-to-measure start-up founded in 2012, will reveal today that it has received a $2.5 million strategic injection from the Chinese company to continue its expansion of showrooms around the world while also elevating the in-store and online experience.As part of the deal, Dayang will become the production partner for InStitchu, which opened its first showroom in New York last year. The company also operates six showrooms in Australia and New Zealand.In 2016, Dayang invested $30 million into the Canadian made-to-measure men’s brand, Indochino, a company with a similar business model. It also negotiated to become Indochino’s manufacturer following that investment.For InStitchu, the funds will allow the brand to more than double its showroom count to 15, the company said. The brand is targeting both the U.S. and Australia for growth.“The Dayang team share our vision that the future of men’s wear is made-to-measure, and in the belief that a meticulously crafted suit should be affordable,” said James Wakefield, cofounder and co-chief executive officer of InStitchu. “Dayang’s support will increase efficiencies across production and operations cycles, allowing us to be even more customer-centric. Their expertise coupled with our top-notch product and focus on retail expansion will allow us to bring InStitchu into the hands of even more customers.”Robin McGowen, his business partner and co-founder and co-ceo, added: “Dayang has been an innovator in men’s wear for years. We share a similar philosophy that men want more from their shopping experience, and strongly believe that an equally appealing online and off-line approach is the key to long-term, sustainable growth. Working with our new partners, we’ll be able to help more men around the world dress better, look better and feel better.”Dongmei Hu, ceo of Dayang Group, pointed to InStitchu’s ability to build a strong brand, provide a good shopping experience and attract a loyal customer base as reasons for its investment. “We’re looking forward to working closely with James, Robin, and the team to help InStitchu create a men’s wear experience custom-built for the 21st century.”InStitchu was founded high school friends, Australians McGowan and Wakefield, and is now one of the largest made-to-measure producers in Australia.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.