Kate Moss and Topshop Celebrate Collection
Last night, partygoers and shoppers celebrated Kate Moss’ new Topshop line at the British retailer’s Oxford Circus location. The supermodel was on hand inside the store and Topshop owner Sir Philip Green said the line is “the best [collection] we’ve done. Anybody that’s seen the clothes loves them.” The collection is available for purchase today, but hurry- it’s destined to sell out quickly!
Uniqlo Debuts New Store Plan
The Japanese retailer debuted new retail concept with the opening of its fifth Parisian store. Clothes and accessories are sold alongside different products, including books. According to Yuki Katsuta, head of research and design at Uniqlo, the space reflects “the coolest Japanese lifestyle concept.” The new store plan will eventually be incorporated into other locations worldwide. “We are thinking of making that store…one of the best fashion-message concept stores in the world. Mainly we’re going to be merchandising Uniqlo products. We may also mix in some different items, maybe books, maybe furniture. It’s supposed to be a completely different store to any other store,” Katsuta explained. Designed by Wonderwall, a Tokyo-based interior design firm, the new store in Paris has three floors and is a little over 8,800 square feet. Located in an old warehouse, modern touches like digital screens and LED displays juxtapose the original architecture.
Could Gap Inc. be the Future LVMH?
Banana Republic, owned by Gap Inc., has recently hired Marissa Webb as their new creative director. Industry rumors are swirling that Webb isn’t the only designer Gap Inc. is hiring. The company has also taken a minority stake in Webb’s namesake label and has bought boutique chain Intermix. These investments and purchases are reminding some of luxury conglomerates LVMH and Kering. Gap Inc. reportedly wants to buy more companies and invest in more young designers.
Sources: WWD, FashionWeekDaily.com
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