Isaac Mizrahi Launching Accessories
Isaac Mizrahi is planning to unveil three new accessory categories next fall. Footwear, handbags and jewelry will launch for the fall 2012 season, and Marc Fisher Footwear, Accessory Exchange and MZ Berger & Company have obtained the respective licenses to manufacture and distribute those products for the Isaac Mizrahi and Isaac Mizrahi New York brands.
“To us, Isaac Mizrahi is a great American designer, and we love his sense of humor and the fact that he’s timeless but still very modern. I love his pretty and polished aesthetic, and there’s some great things we can do with his footwear,” Marc Fisher Footwear president Susan Itzkowitz.
The Ultimate Fashion Encyclopedia
Franca Sozzani, the techno-savvy editor in chief of Italian Vogue, has launched an online fashion encyclopedia, inviting readers to contribute articles on fashion, cinema, style icons, photographers and more. Vogue Encyclo went live Oct. 10. Anyone is free to participate, all articles have bylines, and Vogue staff reviews all submissions.
“We will try not to alter your pieces, but some will have to be modified and you have to accept that and not feel judged, just guided by someone who has more experience,” Sozzani addressed potential contributors on her blog. “You can always use [your articles] on a future résumé to become journalists, if that is what you aspire to. I’m ready for controversy and complaints, but keep in mind that nothing is accomplished in a day… but in a few months, yes!”
Retail Industries Want Faster Visas
U.S. retailers are lobbying for a relaxation in the often-complicated visa rules for visitors from China, India and Brazil, three of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The difficulty in getting visas to visit America, particularly for Chinese tourists, causes them to flood stores in London or Paris rather than New York to spend their yuan.
“We are missing an opportunity to attract more international tourists to this country because of the difficult process to obtain tourist visas,” said Stephen I. Sadove, chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Inc. “This is especially true for the Chinese market, which is large and growing. Today, it takes an in-person visit to one of five visa offices in China, then a two-month wait to visit the U.S., in contrast to a 10-day wait for many European countries. As a result, they are visiting Europe and spending significant dollars there.”
“The issue is reaching a head because the economies of these three countries are growing at a pace three to four times that of U.S. growth,” senior vice president of government relations at the National Retail Federation David French said. “We view this as a customer service problem. Can the State Department meet this customer service problem in a way that cuts down wait times and lines? The time required to get a British visa for a Chinese citizen would be about 11 or 12 days, compared to 56 to 120 days” for a U.S. visa. “It depends on which consulate office in China where the visa application is made.”
– Taneisha Jordan
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