Last week sad news draped the Diane von Furstenberg label with the immediate exit of creative director, Jonathan Saunders. Saunders served as the leader of the house’s creative design for a little over 18 months, governing various marketing ventures, and hands-on business with the brand’s boutiques. Despite his exit, both Saunders and Furstenberg have expressed their appreciation for each other and have every intention of maintaining their tenured friendship. As of now there’s been no news on Saunders’ replacement or what he’ll do next. Personally, I loved the new twist he added to the label, but I miss the Jonathan Saunders label as well, which he put on a hiatus back in 2015. Unfortunately, the Pre-fall 2018 Diane von Furstenberg was the last collection that we’ll see from Saunders, but I’m positive it’s not the last we’ll see of him.
Accessory retailer Charming Charlie has announced their filing of Chapter 11. The retailer has received special financing to secure over $20 million of their debt and have implemented a reorganizational agreement with their lenders. For now, it doesn’t really mean anything to us as consumers, everything is forecasted to run normally in-store as well as online.
Gucci and legendary tailor, Daniel ‘Dapper’ Dan unveiled Dan’s new studio last week. Dapper Dan is known best for his work with several celebrities and hip hop artists from the 1980s and early 1990s. However, despite the closing of his studio years back, he’s maintained his relevance by dressing the likes of Conan O’Brien and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. The studio opened in Dan’s hometown of Harlem, New York on Lenox Avenue, and will take clients by appointment only. In addition to the studio’s grand opening Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele is set to release a Gucci x Dapper Dan capsule that will release autumn/winter of 2018.
Dapper Dan’s Harlem Studio
River Island retailer has announced the launch of their unisex kid’s line. The 12 piece collection will be geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 12, and the catch-phrase for the campaign is “Kids just want to be kids”. The idea is for the little people to be able to develop their own swag-a-dociousness to their wardrobe versus yielding to society’s prototype. Now with that said, us as parents still have the last say because it’s us spending the money, but between the ages 5 and 12 is when kids start having a real grip on what they like and don’t like, so why not???
River Island’s Unisex Line
River Island’s Unisex Line
The North Face and Extra Butter joined forces to release their “Technical Difficulties” collection. The streetwear collection has mostly sold out except for tees online here, but if you’re in the NYC area drop by the pop-up on 125 Orchard Street and maybe you’ll get lucky and retrieve something you’ve had your cat-eyes on. The shop will remain relevant through this month and then some, so catch supplies while they last.
Australian Vogue fashion director, Christine Centenera has launched her new e-commerce line called Wardrobe.NYC. Her 16-piece collection is full of simplicity, consisting of blazers, sweaters, leggings, skirts, trousers, and button-ups for both men and women. Australian designer, Josh Goot assisted with the creative designs to help present a capsule that is built to last. Centenera released a statement stating, “What we’re trying to say is, this is less, and it’s really well done, and it will last you a really long time, and it will never go out of style. These pieces are forever.” The collection is on sale now here, and you should expect your buying experience to be one of a subscription basis.