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The luxury market of California launches "Fashion Travel Week" for July 2023 presented by Celebrity Cruises

As a tribute to its one-world symposium President and Owner of OC Fashion Week® in Orange County, California, Kathryn Marino announced an Official red-ribbon cutting ceremony for Opening Day as the Official launch of Fashion Travel Week® (FTW): The Art of Travel & Style presented by Celebrity Cruises. The project originated in 2010 as a travel incentive and support for fashion designers who love to travel abroad. In 2017, OC Fashion Week® was recognized as an international conduit in fashion industries abroad hosting exclusive runway, networking and access tours for designers and beauty purveyors groups to visit industry and fashion partners in Hong Kong, Greece, Virgin Islands and Australia. Now in it’s full inception, FTW launches for all fashion designers, suppliers, influencers and e-commerce retailers to gather, meet, network and travel to destinations including Paris, Spain and Italy, immersing guests into dynamic and exclusive opportunities to network, keynote speakers, five-star entertainment and expand their getaways with international gateways for business and pleasure – from fine dining to fine discovering. Guest attendees are invited to set sail with designers from Around the World beginning July 2023 with highlights as its annual Red Carpet Awards, 4-minute networking for new and exciting innovations and announcements in the future for fashion abroad. “If Fashion is a language, Style is what we Speak” says Marino.

OC Fashion Week® executive producer Kathryn Marino is also celebrating her 10-year anniversary with OCFW® after launching its season this past Sept 6-10th with its finale at World Peace Lake in Aliso Viejo. Marino officially joined the production in 2012, the runway show was founded in 2005 by two students at FIDM who recruited Marino…




Von Maur Department Store Plans to Open First Location in Pennsylvania
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Von Maur Department Store, recognized as the top department store in the country by Newsweek’s “America’s Best Retailers 2022” ranking, announced today its plans to open a 118,000-square-foot store at South Hills Village in Pittsburgh. Scheduled to open Fall 2024, the store will be the Company’s first location in…

Bloomingdale’s to Open “Bloomie’s” Store in Greater Chicagoland Area
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Bloomingdale’s announced that it will open its second “Bloomie’s” store location in the greater Chicagoland area at the end of 2022. Bloomie’s, which opened its first location in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2021, is the retailer’s smaller store concept that provides a casual, contemporary, and highly curated experience.

“We’re excited to…

Nordstrom Reports Q2 2022 Financial Results
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Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today reported second quarter net earnings of $126 million and earnings per diluted share (“EPS”) of $0.77 for the quarter ended July 30, 2022. Excluding costs associated with the wind-down of Trunk Club, the Company reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.81.1

For the second quarter,…

Meltwater And Twitter Release a New Report Revealing How Fashion is Discussed on Twitter
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Meltwater, a global leader in media and social intelligence, has released The Fashion Industry’s New Era. This new report based on Twitter data highlights the key trends in the fashion industry that marketers and advertisers should care about in 2022 and beyond.

Released in partnership with…

Merrell Launches Hiking Club, Further Connecting Women With the Outdoors
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Merrell, the world’s leading outdoor footwear brand, has launched its women-centric hiking club to provide inspiration and connection to the outdoors through a digital community.

“Merrell is leading the hiking revolution into the mainstream, and we recognize the needs of women hikers are quite diverse – all the way down…

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New York fashion brand, HIROMI ASAI, develops men's wears all made of Japanese Kimono textiles since 2017

New York-based fashion brand, HIROMI ASAI, has been trying to revive the essence of the Japanese Kimono for modern luxury fashion. The designer, Hiromi Asai, first presented Kimonos on the runway at the New York Fashion Week in 2016. Then, HIROMI ASAI developed menswear made of Japanese Kimono textiles, which were presented at Pitti Uomo, New York Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, and/or Paris Fashion Week every season since 2017. HIROMI ASAI has been getting international acclaim.

HIROMI ASAI presented Spring/Summer 2023 (SS23) collection on the runway at New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2022. The collection title is “THE KIMONO – RAINBOW MARRIAGE.” HIROMI ASAI respects Japanese tradition and evolves traditional Japanese textiles into worldwide high fashion by progressive forms with all details inspired by Kimono. HIROMI ASAI also highlights assorted styles of wedding fashion and proposes alternative options which satisfy all the customers worldwide. Japanese craftsmen, who usually manufacture textiles for authentic Kimonos by various traditional techniques, and Hiromi Asai developed new textiles for this collection. The collection was tailored by unparalleled Japanese techniques. HIROMI ASAI SS23 collection could be recognized as treasures created by Japanese artisanship. Cumulatively, HIROMI ASAI demonstrates luxury fashion with unique prominent textiles…

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Keds and Altuzarra debut collaboration at New York Fashion Week: The Shows

Iconic sneaker brand Keds, well-known for its long-standing brand partnerships, debuts an exclusive footwear collection with luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand, Altuzarra, during Altuzarra’s New York Fashion Week show. This collection launch is a continuation of Keds’ partnership with IMG and New York Fashion Week: The Shows that has solidified Keds as the ‘Official Sole of NYFW’ for the second season. The footwear collection features new sneaker styles in varying colorways and cements Keds’ position as a style leader in the collaborative footwear category.

“Our partnership with Altuzarra marks Keds’ emergence into the luxury fashion space with our iconic silhouettes reimagined through the lens of the talented Joseph Altuzarra,” says Jen Lynch, VP and General Manager of Keds. “The collection delivers unique styles in luxe fabrications for our customers in styles they cherish.”

The exclusive first look of the limited-edition footwear collection with the brand was shown live during the September 10th Altuzarra fashion show in New York City and featured never-seen-before sneaker styles that merge the two distinct brand aesthetics in new design features. “I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Keds this season. Their iconic brand language and heritage were a huge source of inspiration, and the…

Nahid & Sarah, The Award-Winning Inventors, Beauty Brand Duo, Nahid Sultana Al Sabah & Sarah Sultana Al Sabah (S.A.S), With Worldwide Patent Protected Beauty Products
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The founders of Nahid & Sarah are based in London, and their beauty brand is a duo recognized as inventors. Nahid and Sarah take pride in their research and love for innovation, calculating years and celebrating worldwide patents who have won platinum and gold awards for inventions and design…

Genesis Announces Partnerships With Vogue to Bring New York Fashion Week Content to Consumers Online
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Genesis announced a series of partnerships at an exclusive, invitation-only event held at Genesis House, the brand’s distinctly Korean oasis in the heart of New York City. The event was a celebration of the design and craftsmanship of the brand’s new flagship sedan, the 2023 G90, which began customer…

Pacsun Partners With the First Ever Virtual Influencer, Miquela
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Pacsun continues to grow its digital presence by collaborating with the first known virtual influencer, Miquela. As a leader within the metaverse, the addition of virtual influencers into its campaign initiatives is a natural next step for the retailer. Pacsun aims to further strengthen the connection with its core…

Al Grandé Boutique’s Journey
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Oyinkansola’s Al Grandé Boutique brand hasn’t always been a clothing brand. It started back in high school when she was 16 years old. She was a part of the international group in her school, which meant that she was a student who got above-average grades. So, her group had…

The Ring Shop – The Fresh Online Ring Brand Disrupting the Global Jewelry Sector
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When one thinks of wedding or engagement rings, the usual image is of traditional (and expensive) gold or silver rings encrusted in exorbitantly large diamonds. This is exactly the market that The Ring Shop intends to disrupt. And it seems to be working.

Established in London, The Ring Shop’s…

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The multi-year agreements and relationships were negotiated by Lee Mandelbaum of Legacy Licensing and Price Point Buying NYC
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kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®), acknowledged earlier this year as the “most valuable woman-owned licensing firm in American history” by WWD, is expanding the company’s fashion presence with a stunning ensemble of licensing partners.

Kathy Ireland said, “Fashion Week illuminates such extraordinary memories. This is the ideal time to announce our growth in the category our company knows best. 7th Avenue and its leaders are home. We believe many will be surprised by the assortment of wonderful clients, put together for us by our astounding Lee Mandelbaum and his great team at Legacy Licensing and Price Point Buying. Great appreciation to Linda Mandelbaum of Rylex, whose brilliance is with us every step of the way. Congratulations and welcome, with special thanks to the Hanan family of PPI, for believing in us when few doors in apparel were open, as well as our initial and beloved partners John and Marilyn Moretz.”

Jon Carrasco and Stephen Roseberry, Worldwide Creative Director and President / CMO for kiWW, respectively, said: “We could not be happier with the leaders in these industries. Kathy, in tandem with Rocco Ingemi, our EVP of Fashion & Fine Jewelry, cautioned patience as we quietly grew these categories with extraordinary people. This year, our brand was named the 19th most successful brand worldwide, as published by License Global. Kathy became the youngest woman to enter the Licensing Hall of Fame, as well as the youngest Icon in the Furniture Industry, awarded by the IHFRA (International Home Furnishings Representatives Association). Kathy serves on the Boards of Directors for…


French Luxury Department Store Printemps to Open First US Store in New York
Continuing its reinvention and acceleration, storied French luxury department store,
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Saks OFF 5TH Partners With Rent the Runway to Offer Pre-Owned Fashion
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Saks OFF 5TH, the premier luxury off-price destination, has partnered with Rent the Runway, the largest shared designer closet, to provide Saks OFF 5TH customers access to pre-owned designer fashion for the first time directly from Rent the Runway.

A curated collection of pre-owned merchandise from Rent the Runway is…

Get to Know Sacramento’s Up and Coming Top Model, Jessica Knedel
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When you look at Jessica Knedel’s Instagram profile, you’ll see everything you might expect of a successful influencer and model – a polished brand, an outgoing lifestyle, and unrivaled modeling skills. But look deeper and you’ll also see what makes Jessica far more interesting that it earned her…

Beach Bunny Swimwear Unveils the Spring Collection 2023 at Miami Swim Week
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It’s been a minute and global brand Beach Bunny made the wait worth it when the brand unveiled their 2023 Spring Collection. The theme was the “The World is Yours” and was styled by Calyann Barnett, Miami local. Beach Bunny Air took onlookers on a world tour of all…

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Printemps will be 54,365 square feet with two levels and a façade that measures 346 linear feet facing Broadway. The store is expected to open in the Spring of 2024

Continuing its reinvention and acceleration, storied French luxury department store, Printemps, announces the opening of a new store in New York, marking the brand’s first US initiative. Printemps will open in the historic 50-story landmark building at One Wall Street (1 Wall Street) in the rapidly changing Financial District.

“The US is essential in our international development strategy and opening in New York offers high visibility and growth potential. We think we can bring something unique, both to its engaged local consumer base and the strong tourist flows the city welcomes. It is also a strategic ecommerce market for luxury, fashion, home, and beauty,” says Jean-Marc Bellaiche, CEO, Printemps Groupe. “We plan to pioneer a new format of experiential retail in this fast changing and demanding market.”

As the next chapter of its brand transformation, this Printemps store will be of a different scale, bringing a local approach and focusing on increased omnichannel and seamless experiences.

Printemps has tapped seasoned executive Laura Lendrum as the CEO of Printemps America, Inc. Lendrum brings valued experience from her previous roles serving as President for Saint Laurent, Gucci and Ralph Lauren for the North American market and is assembling an experienced…



Chete Jewelry Is Set to Unveil New Collections at Vicenza Fair

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Chete, the leading force in sterling silver jewelry, is set to unveil its new collections at Vicenza Fair. The company is committed to providing world-class solutions to top B2C jewelry
Aerosoles Signs Licensing Agreement With Orly to Expand Into Men’s
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AEROSOLES, the leading global footwear brand established in 1987 and recently acquired by American Exchange Group, known for its innovative technology and superior comfort, today announced it has signed a new licensing agreement for the distribution of men’s slippers, men’s and ladies flip flops, hanging footwear, men’s socks and…

Designer Brands Adds Le TIGRE to Growing Portfolio
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Designer Brands Inc. (NYSE: DBI), one of the world’s largest designers, producers, and retailers of footwear and accessories, today announced an investment in and licensing agreement with Le TIGRE 360 Global. This is another exciting step forward in the Company’s growth as a brand builder and its plans to…

Cupshe Collaborates With Model & Body Positive Advocate Tabria Majors for First Plus Size Collection
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Beachwear lifestyle brand Cupshe announces the launch of its first plus-size swim collection with mega-influencer, model and body positive advocate Tabria Majors, exclusively available on

The Cupshe x Tabria Majors collection is a joint love letter to the city of Los Angeles from LA-based Cupshe…