S.T. Dupont Starts on Accessories
S.T. Dupont, the Paris maker of luxury pens and lighters, is leveraging its almost forgotten heritage as a trunk maker to the stars and plotting a thrust into women’s accessories. During Paris Fashion Week, the company plans to host an event at its flagship here at 51 Avenue Montaigne, which has been overhauled to showcase new ranges of handbags, travel cases and small leather goods.
S.T. Dupont has made several rejuvenation attempts over the years, including a short-lived push into high-end men’s wear. But interest in European heritage brands has spiked recently as consumers seek a safe haven in trusted purveyors, and emerging markets like China satisfy their appetites for storied brands. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault recently purchased Moynat, which is five years older than Vuitton, via his Groupe Arnault investment vehicle. It is understood Arnault plans to reactivate the brand, which was founded in 1849 and is best known for its lightweight, waterproof trunks for automobiles.
Dolce & Gabbana Ending D&G
Dolce & Gabbana announced today it was folding the D&G line, thus making today’s fashion show the last for the brand. In a statement, the designers said the move would give “even more strength and energy to our collections.”The company is incorporating the D&G line into its signature line, confirming a WWD report in March. As far back as then, it was understood the last D&G collection was going to be for spring 2012.
Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Fete
Donna Karan opened up her Urban Zen Center in the West Village on Tuesday evening for a celebration of Dr. Paul Farmer’s book “Haiti After the Earthquake.” Attendees kept the focus on the country’s ongoing recovery efforts. “The most important thing to know about Haiti is the potential of the artisans. I always say, if you have the chance, get on the plane and go to Haiti,” said Jean, who is an ambassador at large for Haiti working on education and job creation issues.
“I want to get all my designer friends down there. We’ve got to get the [apparel] production [in Haiti] going and we will,” said Donna Karan.
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