CHANGING HANDS:

LVMH Unloads Donna Karan International

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screen shot: DKNY.com

After a relatively brief period of intensive rumors, French fashion and beverage conglomerate LVMH has sold its Donna Karan International brand for$650 million to G-III Apparel Group, only marginally more than the $643 million it paid for the company in 2001.
The division had long been the subject of rumors, as the parent company had never been able to grow its two labels, the designer level Donna Karan New York and contemporary positioned DKNY, in any decisive way. Last year saw the departure of the company's namesake, designer Donna Karan, and the closure of the signature designer collection in favor of focusing on the more broadly distributed DKNY brand. The installation of acclaimed Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chao to lead the label creatively was considered a bold move, but somewhat risky as the pair had made a splash in menswear but little relatively experience with women's apparel, especially in the highly commercial terrain that DKNY had always occupied. While LVMH has said it is happy with the results of the changes, others have reported a muted response to the new designs from customers. The two are still in the early stages of DKNY's revamp, having only shown two seasons for the label with the second, Fall 2016, just beginning to arrive in stores.
As for the buyer, G-III is one of America's most prominent apparel companies featuring a lengthy roster of owned, licensed and private label brands encompassing names ranging from Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Karl Lagerfeld to Jessica Simpson and Alyssa Milano. It often manufactures and distributes part of a brand's offerings, such as women’s sportswear, suits, dresses, performance wear, handbags, luggage and cold weather accessories for Calvin Klein under license, for example, while it owns outright brands like Vilebrequin and G.H.Bass and, now, Donna Karan and DKNY. It also operates retail stores for many of its labels, giving it a breadth of expertise that is well suited to the DKNY business as well as a market clout that could prove useful in growing the brand.
What plans are in store for Donna Karan's labels remain to be announced. It is expected that Osborne and Chao will remain at least through the closing of the sale sometime early next year. While the Donna Karan Collection remains suspended for now, it seems unlikely that G-III would be quick to revive it, as higher end designer apparel is somewhat outside the company's wheelhouse. In addition, LVMH leaders have long been rumored to be frustrated by designer Donna Karan's increasing attention to her personally owned lifestyle brand Urban Zen, which has already begun to appear in stores like Bergdorf Goodman as a replacement for the departed Donna Karan Collection. The Donna Karan Collection brand is not fully absent from the market with licensed home, hosiery, intimate apparel and fragrance collections ongoing, and items from the designer's final, Fall 2015 collection still available for purchase at DonnaKaran.com.
What is most unusual for LVMH is the selling of the division at all. The parent company is known for sticking by its owned designer brands until it finds the right creative approach to achieve commercial traction, often going through a succession of designers at brands like Céline, Loewe and even Givenchy over several years before hitting on a winning formula. This time, LVMH decided to walk away with little profit to show after 15 years, which may be either the exception that proves the rule or a signal of a new, less patient approach at one of the fashion industry's biggest players. At the very least, the sale now puts one of America's iconic fashion brands back in the hands of an American company, with a new, as yet unknown future ahead of it.

(WWD)


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Oscar de la Renta at 80% Off, Alexis Bittar, Paul Smith, Moncler, Saint Laurent, Porsche Design, Diesel & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Oscar de la Renta, Dolce Vita, Alexis Bittar Fine Jewelry, Intimately Free People, Être Cécile, Aqua di Parma, Pauk Smith, Globe, Harding Lane, Mezlan, Antik Batik, Helen Kaminsky, La Prairie, Aidan Mattox, Rivkah Friedman Jewelry, Saint Laurent Paris, Clarins, J.Lindeberg, Prada, Room 101 Jewelry —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Moncler, Samuel B., Yumi Kim, FENDI, 7 For All Mankind, CATHERINE Catherine Malandrino, Movado, Robert Graham, L'Space, Porsche Design, Bobeau, Keratin Complex, Summer 4Ever Sale  —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Cynthia Steffe, Gorjana, UGG Australia, John Varvatos Men's Sun, Lucky Brand, Keds, Akribos XXIV, Johnny Was, Diesel, Bony Levy Jewelry, A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, Wolverine, Isaac Mizrahi —join HERE

COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

Is Alber Elbaz Making A Comeback With Uniqlo?

Another rumor is making the rounds as the summer's dog days approach, and this time it's former Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz who is said to be in talks with Japanese chain Uniqlo for an unspecified collaboration.
If there is any designer among the slate of those currently benched that everyone wants to see back in action, it's Elbaz, but what, if anything, does he have in mind for Uniqlo? It wouldn't be the first time he has allied with a big chain, as he is a veteran of a Lanvin collaboration with H&M from a few years back. Both parties are predictably mum on the subject, and it may be a while before we hear any kind of official news about it due to the inevitable non-compete clauses and the fact that Elbaz has not completely settled his separation from Lanvin.The disposition of his equity stake in the company is yet to be determined. In the meantime, however we can just imagine how Elbaz could lend his unique sense of style to Uniqlo's famously utilitarian wares. It's not likely that we will see the mega-chain venturing into evening and cocktail dresses, but maybe we will see some cashmere sweaters with a little extra flair? Possibly there will be some tricked out denim separates to follow up the Lanvin/Acme collab of sessions past? Even some well designed t-shirts wouldn't be outside his wheelhouse, so the possibilities are promising. Stay tuned.

Is Alber Elbaz Joining Uniqlo? (WWD)


COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

Adidas Said To Be Preparing Major Team-Up With Alexander Wang

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An Alexander Wang look from Spring 2015 inspired by Adidas Stan Smith and Rod Laver sneakers

We're not sure if there is an official name for Alexander Wang fans (Wang-heads? That seems wrong.) but, according to WWD, they should start getting excited about now because a collaboration with Adidas is reportedly in the works. The collaboration would presumably be announced right after the designer's Spring 2017 show on September 10. Details of the rumored line are not yet available, and the principals are remaining mum at the time, but it is said to be conceived along the lines of the athletic-wear company's long running collaborations like the ones it continues to produce with Stella McCartney, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Pharrell Williams, Yohji Yamamoto and, of course, Kanye West, whose brand concept has just recently been fully fleshed out. Whether or not it will be under the main Alexander Wang, T by Alexander Wang or another newly created moniker remains to be seen, but it is guaranteed to leap to the top of the designer collaboration list whenever it materializes. Look for confirmation in the coming weeks, and think about what the designer who once created dresses that pay tribute to the iconic Stan Smith and Rod Laver tennis shoes (pictured at right) could do with a full collaboration line at Adidas.

Alexander Wang Said to Be Adidas’ Next Fashion Collaborator (WWD)


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

A Rare M·A·C Sale Hits Chelsea
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Thomas Pink, Zachary Prell & Intermix

We may be heading into the slowest part of the year, Sample Sale-wise, but some of our hardworking venues are doing their best to keep things going with a mix of seasonal favorites and unexpected newcomers this week. Here are the highlights:

Over at Clothingline in the Garment District, British shirtmaker THOMAS PINK has been holding a four-day sale which started yesterday and runs through Thursday the 21st. Do we recall seeing a Pink sample sale in the past? Not really, so this may be a rare chance to pick up some smart shirts, ties & furnishings from the label at a deep discount. This one's mainly for the guys, though a small selection of women's items have been promised.

Fans of  JACK ROGERS's signature woven sandals will be heading to the label's showroom for 75% off a full size range of footwear plus clothing and accessories from a host of labels also found in the brand's boutiques. Shop through Friday the 22nd.

The big, rare event of the week is an unexpected and relatively unprecedented sample sale from the popular makeup brand M·A·C. From Tuesday the 19th through Friday the 22nd, look for throngs of eager fans to converge on the Metropolitan Pavilion for the brand's first ever Sample Sale, at least in New York. While we have often seen sample sales from makeup brands, we rarely see them from ones as big and beloved as M·A·C, so this is something of a major event. 60% discounts are promised on regular merchandise as well as special collaboration collections. Prepare to fight off crowds.

Our friends at 260SampleSale are offering a pair of summer sales that should keep two of their venues humming this week. At the main location at 260 Fifth Avenue, contemporary chain INTERMIX appears to be taking over the sadly departed Scoop NYC's warehouse sale slot. Look for 70% off women's apparel, shoes and accessories with plenty of summer time left to enjoy them.

Down at their Greene Street outpost, emerging menswear designer ZACHARY PRELL will be offering discounts on his refined, classic men's sportswear pieces. Both sales run through Sunday the 24th.

Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and hours as well as late-breaking events that we do our best to update as soon as we hear of them. Next week, look for sales from Derek Lam, Nili Lotan, Isaia, Eidos and an always welcome return of the Sferra sale.


ZONING DRAMA:

Restoration Hardware's Upcoming Meatpacking District Flagship Is Currently Illegal.

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Rendering of 9-19 Ninth Avenue via DNAinfo

Keith McNally may be enjoying some schadenfreude right about now.
It turns out that the Restoration Hardware store that ejected McNally's popular restaurant Pastis from its very successful Ninth Avenue home is running into some legal problems of its own. We aren't talking about the initial contractor whose principals are awaiting trial regarding the death of a 22-year old worker in the construction site's excavation pit last year. The current problem that the store faces is that it is nearly six times the size of any retail store that the site is zoned for, and the Department of Buildings has not yet issued an exemption.
According to the D.O.B., the maximum size of a retail store for the building being gut renovated and expanded at 9-19th Ninth Avenue is 10,000 square-feet. The store planned for the site is 58,659-square-feet, which is somewhat larger to say the least. DNAinfo reports that the developers of the site were informed in early March of this year that their permits would be revoked for failure to comply with city code. In addition, the nature of the business was misrepresented as an "interior decorating establishment" which, oddly enough, would only be allowed to take up a mere 750 square-feet in such a structure according to current zoning laws. Construction has not been halted, because the developer immediately engaged the D.O.B. to resolve the dispute, but it has been over four months since the notification without resolution. If discussions fall through, the construction will be immediately halted not because the building is not up to code, but because its intended use is.
Since the talks are apparently continuing, its a good bet that the store will eventually open as planned, but possibly with some concessions that are yet to remade clear. It has been known for quite some time that the store intended for the site was meant to be extremely large, but it is not yet a done deal. At the moment, it's not out of the question that Restoration hardware may either have to settle for a smaller store sharing the building with other retailers or pull out entirely and find a suitable site to build the flagship it had intended.

Restoration Hardware Flagship Is Too Big for Meatpacking District: City (DNAinfo)


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Max Mara, John Varvatos, Miu Miu, Rebecca Minkoff, Paul Smith & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Max Mara, Saylor/Falcon & Bloom, John Varvatos Collection, Montegrappa, Bottega Veneta, PLENTY by Tracy Reese, Tom Ford Sunglasses, Seychelles, Ingrid & Isabel, G-Star, Jared Lang, Lanvin Footwear, Sleepy Jones —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Rachel Zoe, Adrienne Vittadini, Miu Miu, Ermenegildo Zegna, Max Mara, Shoshanna, Trina Turk, Lancôme, Steiner Memorabilia, Taryn Rose, Brookstone, Pandora —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Rebecca Minkoff, Maaji Swim, Hudson Jeans, Ron Tomson, Earth Wood, Joseph Abboud, Jean Claude Jewelry, Asics, Splendid, PLENTY by Tracy Reese, Happy Socks, Unknown New York, To Boot New York, GANT, Y3 by Adidas, Paul Smith Sunglasses —join HERE

EXPANSION MODE:

Leading New York Boutique Kirna Zabête Is Multiplying

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Rendering and mood images via WWD

Enduring SoHo women's boutique Kirna Zabête has weathered all sorts of retail conditions the have felled lesser stores since it appeared in 1999, and is more than surviving —it's expanding. After buying out her business partner Sarah Easley's ownership stake earlier this year, now sole owner Beth Buccini is launching a temporary store for the next couple of months in East Hampton —not a terribly surprising development— and, more importantly a permanent satellite location not in the expected NYC area, but in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on Philadelphia's main line.
While seasonal Hamptons stores are a time honored business opportunity for city retailers, opening in another city is a more daring move. Bringing her boutique to wealthy uptown shoppers who would be a safer strategy, but an expansion to another city gives Buccini the opportunity to bring Kirna Zabête's boundary pushing point of view to an affluent shopping area with less competition than one would have to fight in a designer-heavy market like New York. “I’ve been observing the fashion and I found women are hungry for new ideas and excited about fashion and they’re really underserved,” Buccini tells WWD. “I really went deep into the demographics in the area. There are so many universities and private schools all around, and really the only game in town is the mall.” Having moved her family to the area, the retailer is familiar with the market. The upcoming 32,000-square-foot store (pictured) will reflect the bold look of the SoHo mother ship and will open in a new shopping development aimed at affluent shoppers who can expect to see the store later this fall, opening with resort and holiday collections.

Kirna Zabête Expands With Two New Stores (WWD)


STAMPEDE ALERT:

MAC Will Hold Its First Sample Sale Next Week
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Barker Black Add A Sale This Week

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Image: MacCosmetics.com

Get ready for some shopping chaos. In an unusual move, popular makeup brand M·A·C will hold a public sample sale in New York. From next Tuesday through Friday the fourth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea will offer a substantial 60% off on makeup from the brands regular and special limited edition lines. While it's not unheard of to have samples sales for makeup, it's unusual for a brand as bug and popular to hold a public sale on this scale. Expect long, long lines, so if you are inclined to check out this sale, be sure to bring some patience and fortitude.

Also added to the sale schedule this week are last minute additions from designer ALTUZARRA* and elegant men's footwear label BARKER BLACK
Altuzarra's glamorous ready-to-wear collection will be on sale for three days starting today its showroom in SoHo. Though designer Joseph Altuzarra's profile is high, his business is still small and independent, so we don't know if the sale will offer much more than actual samples, but it's a must-check-out for fans of the up-and-coming fashion star.

Fans of handmade English men's shoes will be much more familiar with Barker Black, who will be offering 60% off at its NoLita boutique. Look for beautifully made classic shoes with subtle twists including its signature skull-and-crossbones broguing.

Check our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations, hours and other details.

*UPDATE:
We have been notified that the Altuzarra sale that has been posted here as well as by several other blogs is not, in fact, open to the general public. Sadly, we can no longer recommend venturing down to the showroom this week. Maybe next season...


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

The RAG & BONE Sale You Know And Love Is Back And Starts Tomorrow + Whistles, Asics, Reem Acra & More

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Just to show you how unpredictable the so-called off-season can be in the Sample Sale world, the somewhat frustrating RAG & BONE Sample Sample Sale is indeed coming back to the Chelsea Market where it belongs. To recap, earlier this Spring when the sale's usual week came and went, Sale watchers like us wondered what was up? The came an announcement that the label would have a Sample Sale in Los Angeles for the first time. We thought we had lost it altogether, and then the brand joined Steven Alan for an extension of his sample sale that was held in Brooklyn's Industry City last month. We figured, that was it until this morning when, while strolling through Chelsea Market, we saw the usual space being set up for the Rag & Bone sale complete with window signage.
So it's on, with savings reportedly up to 75% off. We have heard that tomorrow will be the official VIP Friends and Family day, though, perhaps recognizing that the door policy for that event has been porous at best over the years, the window simply list Tuesday's hours as regular (as seen in the image above), so it's likely that anyone will be admitted. Rag & Bone fans can finally heave a sigh of relief and shop the sale through Sunday.

But there are other things happening this week as well. British chain WHISTLES, currently making inroads in the U.S., will be taking over 260SampleSale's SoHo venue for a women's only sale starting on Tuesday through Sunday. Look for savings of up to 60% off. 

Athletic brand ASICS will be returning to 260 Fifth Avenue on Tuesday with it's soup to nuts sale for Men and Women including workout and running gear and tons and tons of shoes.

Though June is over, there will be plenty of brides heading to REEM ACRA's midtown showroom on Fifth Avenue for deep savings on bridal gowns as well as* the designer's impeccable Ready-to-Wear collection. The sale last for two days through Friday and clicking here to RSVP is highly recommended.

Perennial favorite NYC designer CYNTHIA ROWLEY will be holding her Sample Sale on Bleecker Street from Thursday through Sunday featuring up to 70% Savings on her main clothing line as well as swimwear, footwear, accessories and those covetable one-of-a-kind items as well as past season's merchandise.

Starting on Friday up and coming cult brand BROOKLYN TAILORS will hold a two-day sale in its namesake borough featuring mostly men's apparel and accessories with a smattering of samples for women at savings from 50% to 75%.

Next week, look out for Thomas Pink, Intermix and other events TBA, so keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations, times and other details as well as late-breaking events.

*Correction:
Earlier we indicated that Reem Acra would be offering bridal gowns at her Sample Sale this week. This is not the case. Only the Ready-to-Wear will be offered at the sale —which still makes it a must for anyone in search of a great deal on some truly gorgeous dresses.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Adidas by Stella McCartney, Diptyque, GANT, Loeffler Randall & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Charlotte Olympia, Adidas by Stella McCartney, Liebeskind, ByTerry, Antonio Maurizi, Ballin, Wolf Watch Accessories, Loeffler Randall, Kendra Scott, Splendid & Ella Moss, Tibi, Jay Godfrey, English Factory, DL1961 Denim, Gant Rugger, Original Penguin, Wall + Water, Cult of Individuality, Salvatore Ferragamo Neckwear —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Theory, Lela Rose, Argento Vivo, Bond No. 9. Elaine Turner, Capriccio, Elie Tahari, Persol, Amrita Singh, Michele Watches, Dyson, Alice & Trixie, Marc Fisher LTD —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Joe Fresh, BLANKNYC Denim, Diptyque Paris, Jeffrey Campbell, Asiliio, Gucci Watches, Sanuk, Cole Haan, Max Mara, Romeo & Juliet Couture, Clarisonic, Hickey Freeman, Vince Camuto, Emilio Pucci Accessories, Rebecca Taylor, Civil Society, Kennington, BRIC's  —join HERE

COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

Here's The First Glimpse Of Christophe Lemaire's Uniqlo U Collection

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UNIQLO Courtesy Images via Vogue.com

It isn't to be shown to the press until this afternoon in Paris, but the folks at Vogue.com got their hands on a few publicity shots (above and below) from the first ongoing Uniqlo U collection that designer Christophe Lemaire has been cooking up for the Japanese mega-chain in his new dedicated design studio. Unlike the last two seasons' Uniqlo and Lemaire collaboration collections, this new label will be an ongoing label with its own design staff led by Lemaire himself. “As a designer interested in everyday life, in bringing solutions to feel good in your clothes, in trying to bring style and quality to the people, in making good clothes that could become like ‘good friends,’ I can only be excited to work for a brand that has this amazing capacity to make good quality affordable,” he tells Vogue.com. The few itms pictured, a sleek knit dress with a matching pullover around the neck, a dark melton coat and a down puffer jacket are simple basics elevated by Lemaire's sensibility —which is exactly what we were promised last month when the line was announced. Look for more images in the coming days isn the looks are revealed. It looks like the collections will be something worth looking forward to when they debut at retail this October.

A First Look at Christophe Lemaire’s New Uniqlo U Collection (Vogue.com)
Previously:
Collaboration Anticipation: Christophe Lemaire Will Make A Second Home At Uniqlo

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UNIQLO Courtesy Images via Vogue.com
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UNIQLO Courtesy Images via Vogue.com

 


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Summer Slowdown Brings A Debut Sale From Swimwear Specialists Orlebar Brown & The Return Of Nicholas K

As predicted, the Sample Sale Schedule has lightened up considerable after Independence Day, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing out there for eager bargain hunters. In fact, our friends at 260SampleSale are promising a full schedule throughout the summer which, this week, includes one more week of the GANT Sale at the 260 Fifth Avenue home base, and the first American sample sale from a swimwear stalwart, ORLEBAR BROWN starting today. This is the brand that is responsible in great part for getting grown up men out of baggy board shorts and back into shorter, more sleekly tailored swim trunks that make everyone look better at the beach. The British company's trunks are pricey but coveted, so this is the perfect sale for not only guys, but anyone looking to spruce up their seaside wardrobe. The women's line will also be featured at the sale through Sunday in SoHo.

Another summery label, MELISSA SHOES, is also joining the sale schedule on Thursday the 7th featuring its own synthetic shoe line as well as collaborations with major designers like Jason Wu, Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood and others. Find them Western Chelsea through Saturday.

Also on Thursday, perennial sale fave NICHOLAS K will be offering deep discounts on recent collection overstock as well as one-of-a-kind samples. The label will be taking up residence for a solid month on Broome Street in SoHo, and with that much time we can assume that there will be a great deal of merchandise. Discounts are said to be in the 65% range, but with the extended time frame, they could go deeper at the end of the month.

Next week, look for more sales including bridal and evening wear from Reem Acra, n athletic wear blowout from Asics and women's sportswear from Whistles, the British chain now making U.S. inroads. As usual, check our SALE ROLL at left for details as well as the late breaking events that can pop up even during the so-called off-season.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Rebecca Taylor, Adidas & Nike, Billy Reid, Balenciaga & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Zero + Maria Cornejo, Rebecca Taylor, Cosabella, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Missoni, Dannijo, Joie, Furla, Vilebrequin, Alexander McQueen, Jack Spade, Ben Sherman, Michael Bastian, Mara Hoffman, Céline Sunglasses, Golden Goose, Escada, Versace Underwear, Billy Reid, Skelter, Curatore Shoes, PRPS, Kappa Activewear, Carrera —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Nike, Balenciaga, Salvatore Ferragamo, Solids, Lipault, Mesmerize Gold Jewelry, Susana Monaco, Cuisinart, Safavieh, Hickey Freeman, Julia Knight, Miraclesuit & Magicsuit, Donna Bella —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
7 for all Manking, Ripcurl Swim, W118 by Walter Becker, Jared Lang, Carmen Marc Valvo, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Vince Camuto, Kenneth Cole, Adidas, Too Faced, Haute Hippie, Betsey Johnson, Yumi Kim, Alejandra G, Isaac Mizrahi, Stephen Oliver, Furla, Stila, Leon Max, Charles David, Ben Sherman, We Are Massiv —join HERE

COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

Get Ready For Adidas x Yeezy Stores Coming Soon

 

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Courtesy Photo: Eric Liedtke of Adidas with Kanye West

It may not be the first musician/sneaker collaboration, or even the best, but Kanye West's Adidas x Yeezy team up is set to be the biggest. While the collection's Yeezy Boost shoes have been an unqualified hit, selling out almost instantaneously, the apparel and accessories have been a rockier road. First shown for Fall 2015, they were surprisingly well-received but the press and retailers, but upon delivery, the high prices for sweatshirts and stretch separates rattled even manufacturer Adidas, who stated that they would only be working on the shoes going forward. The Spring 2016 apparel line seems not to have materialized, and the coming Fall line boasted glittery collaborations with Balmain shown at a combination fashion presentation/album release party at Madison Square Garden that threatened to overshadow anything else that may have happened during Fashion Week. Now that the dust has settled, Adidas is back in the fold with plans for the future that include not only more Yeezy sportswear, but performance athletic wear and freestanding retail stores. A whole new division, Kanye West + Adidas has been created to produce Yeezy products for men and women based out of Adidas U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Adidas group executive board member Eric Liedtke calls the West "a true creator who has the ability to see things others don’t". A timeline for the full flowering of the collaboration is unclear, but it seems likely that New York would be high on the list —if not at the top— of locations for one of the new stores. If there is one thing we have learned about West as a showman, it's that he doesn't like to come at these sorts of reveals in a normal way. A last minute addition to either the upcoming men's or later women's New York Fashion Weeks would not be out of the question, but then neither would a crashing of Paris Couture Week, so keep an eye out for Kanye's next sneak attack as his apparel ambitions seem, against all odds, to be taking shape in a big way.

 

Adidas and Kanye West Step Up Collaboration (WWD)