Today’s Fashion Headlines. September 20, 2011

September 20, 2011 • Fashion Blog

Starbucks gets designers for t-shirts, Cavalli gets into the home business and eBay launches virtual outlet mall

Starbucks Taps Designers for Shirts

Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet and Billy Reid, winners of the past three CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards have created one of a kind shirts inspired by Starbucks to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The limited edition $85 T-shirts are made in the U.S. and are sold at and through select Nordstrom stores while supplies last.

Each designer received a fee for participating, but more than anything the venture gave them the chance “to give back a little bit which is in keeping with the spirit of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund,” said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb. And apparently the trio did not take the task lightly. Theallet said, “I was inspired by the global community, and all the connections involved around a cup of Starbucks coffee.”

Cavalli Launching Home Collection

The Roberto Cavalli Group said it plans to launch a home collection during Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the city’s international furniture and design exhibition, next April.

The designer has signed four five-year licenses for the development, production and distribution of the following: furniture with JC Passion; wallpaper with Industrie Emiliana Parati; tiles with Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti SpA; and textiles, bed, table and bath linens with Caleffi SpA.

eBay Launches Virtual Outlet Mall

Yesterday, eBay launched Fashion Outlet, its virtual “outlet shopping mall.” Some items are made exclusively for the outlet, and the made-for-outlet items reflect competitive pricing that is typically not further discounted. Additional discounts on all items, include MFO items, might be available during promotional periods.

Currently the U.S. outlet site only ships to U.S. addresses. Shoppers at Fashion Outlet can browse by the eBay store or by brand. Those shopping by store are typically shopping a retailer that carries various brands, whereas those browsing by brand will see all options offered including those available at the multibranded retailers on the eBay site.

Factory stores online at the Fashion Outlet include Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Fila, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Reed’s Jewelers and Tommy Hilfiger.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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