Paul Andrew, Design Director of Women’s Shoes for Salvatore Ferragamo has been promoted to the brand’s new Creative Director of the Women’s Collection. He shared the good news last week via Instagram, after being tenured with the house since September 2016. Andrew rendered his gratitude by stating, “I am grateful for the confidence and trust the Ferragamo group and family have put in me. It has been a privilege to work with the expertise of one of the world’s great fashion and leather goods houses. I am thrilled by the opportunities that lay ahead in forging a single, powerful identity for a new Ferragamo woman,” He launched his own label back in 2012 which landed him almost immediate success with winning the CDFA Fashion Fund award in both 2014 and 2016. Ferragmo’s CEO, Eraldo Poletto publicized his expectations by saying, “I am confident that with this new responsibility, Paul will now be able to creatively unify all categories of the women’s business with coherence and synergy, strengthening our brand identity,” Andrew assumed his new position immediately upon announcement.
Levi’s is suing the Vineyard Vines brand for trademark infringement over the back pocket tab. I understand business is business, but I keep feeling pulled by the petty monster on this one. Maybe the pulling is coming from the constant reminder Forever 21 renders about every 6 months that it could be worse – the shade is real today. Anywho, Vineyard Vines has a blue whale imprint on their rear pockets and of course Levis has their iconic red Levis signature on the back of their pockets. In the complaint, Levi’s expressed a possible loss of revenue if Vineyard Vines continues with this violation, but unfortunately the encroaching retailer has yet to pull down their whale-tailed jeans from the shelves. This will be the second complaint filed by Levi in this matter, as they filed one approximately four months ago when U.S. Customs seized 900 fake Levis wallets from a Chinese counterfeiter. Fake merchandise, fake people, it all funnels out to real garbage guys.
It’s with great sadness that we bid designer Hervé Peugnet farewell at age 60, who passed away last week from an aneurysm. Peugnet is best known for his “bandage dresses” that we’ve fallen head over hills for by way of the Hervé Léger label. The French designer’s claim to fame started with assisting the infamous Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi and Chanel. He later became the creative designer of the Lanvin house before launching his own label of Hervé Léger, which he later sold to BCBG Max Azria. His funeral will be held this Friday, October 13th at the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. Despite his demise, Peugnent’s legacy will remain alive and well on the red carpet and in our closets forever.
Kith founder, Ronnie Fieg has been a busy man with making his first NYFW appearance last month to adding a three-story mammoth store in the downtown Manhattan area. The 10,000 square feet building will offer Kith Treats Bar and Café, along with a section displaying recent collaborations with Off-White, adidas, Moncler, and Nike. Fieg told BOF in an exclusive interview, “[It will] be an experiential space for us to celebrate and communicate projects that we are currently working on,” There’s no need to drag ass on this one, go see what’s up, and if you’re not going to be in NYC anytime check out the streetwear retailer online.
On to some positive Levi’s news, the brand hosted a party celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Trucker jacket. The party was held at the Levi’s Haus in Los Angeles, with the likes of Karlie Kloss, Virgil Abloh, and Clayton Kershaw in attendance. There was also special performances made by L.A.’s own Snoop Dogg along with Chance the Rapper and Solange Knowles gracing the stage with their musical talents.
It’s been since July that we knew Michael Kors was looking to consume Jimmy Choo, and last week the American label announced plans to issue senior notes to buy the jazzy footwear brand. I know what you’re thinking, what the hell is a senior note? I’m not in any way a finance guru, but from what I can tell senior notes are like bonds that take priority over unsecured debt within a bankruptcy. Jimmy Choo’s shareholders may not receive all of their returned principle dollars with interest from the buyout because the senior note allows the Michael Kors to pay a lower rate. Again, no financial connoisseur here, but my research game is pretty strong. Jimmy Choo’s board of investors approved the takeover last month, so when all of the financial technicalities are completed we should start seeing some forward movement of the merger. Also, with the closure of multiple Michael Kors retailers, hope is forecasted that the Jimmy Choo label will fulfill the loss balance for MK, but we’ll see.
Sexy chic meets risqué is what I’m calling the collaboration between the Balmain label and lingerie powerhouse Victoria Secret. The sensual duo has joined forces for the 2017 Victoria Secret Show set to air on CBS on November 28th. We can expect the likes of Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, and Karlie Kloss to grace the runway this year. The limited collection will launch online and at Victoria Secret retailers a day later on November 29th, so shout out #VSxBALMAIN on Instagram if you’re feeling it.
My favorite NBA point guard, Russell Westbrook and Tumi have gotten together for a 7-piece luggage collaboration. Westbrook stated his enthusiasm stating, “I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with TUMI, a brand that I have been a loyal user of for years. I’ve always enjoyed the process of transforming an idea through the design process, and the creative team at TUMI really executed my vision. I’m proud to share the functional and stylistic collection we’ve created together with people all over the world.” The collection consists of a double expansion satchel, Morrison and Warren backpacks, a hanging travel kit, expandable carry-on, a Smith jetsetter, and a Westbrook dangler. Tumi’s creative director, Victor Sanz stated, “I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know and work with Russell over the last year—he’s been an incredible supporter of TUMI long before this collaboration ever began, so it’s made the experience in working together that much more enjoyable because he truly understands the product. Russell has been extremely hands-on every step of the way; the respect, professionalism and kindness that he’s showed towards our entire team has been unparalleled.” The limited edition retails from $55 to $795 and is currently being sold at Tumi.