Rob Gough wants to take Dope to the next level.The entrepreneur has acquired the Los Angeles-based streetwear brand, which was started by Matt Fields in 2007, and hopes to double the business within a year. He believes it has the potential to be a billion dollar company.“I’m friends with a lot of people who work in streetwear and everyone had great things to say about the brand,” said Gough, who wouldn’t reveal the cost of acquisition, which was a cash deal. “I see a lot of opportunities.”For Gough, those opportunities include expanding on the Dope Sport line and launching smoke products including bongs, rolling papers, lighters and grinders under the name Dope Smoke. Gough is also interested in the women’s space and just signed a deal with Sommer Ray, a model with a large following on Instagram. Rae will create a capsule collection for Dope that will include intimate apparel, swim and activewear.Gough also sees the Dope e-commerce site as an area for growth — he said it hadn’t been a priority for the company previously — along with its store on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Dope is sold at specialty retailers including Foot Locker, Downtown Locker Room and Foot Action.This is Gough's first time investing in an apparel brand. He's best known for cofounding Eckim, a performance marketing company, in 2009, which he sold in 2012. When he was involved in Eckim he helped build up Finish Line’s e-commerce platform. He also started, and later sold, Bidaroo, an online auction site, and operates Newell May Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture capital fund.Over the last year he tried his hand at acting. He’s set to appear in “Mom and Dad,” a film starring Nicolas Cage; “The Forgiven,” which will star Forest Whitaker, and “Billionaire Boys Club,” which will feature Kevin Spacey and Emma Roberts.“I think when you are young everybody dreams of being an actor, but I didn’t have the backing of a family to do whatever I wanted once I graduated college,” Gough said. “I had to grind to make money and the producers have liked my performances.”More from WWD:How Younger Customers are Discovering Ralph LaurenCan Urban Streetwear Brands Make a Resurgence?Nas Partners With The Thread Shop
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.