J Brand Wants Retail
J Brand, the Los Angeles-based company which earlier this year expanded into ready-to-wear from its enviable base in women’s and men’s premium denim, is preparing for its next move. Jeff Rudes, chief executive officer, told WWD that the company is looking to open its first stores, flagships in New York and London, within 15 months and has begun the process of exploring particulars such as store design and site location.
Pressed to identify what other additions might be ahead, Rudes quickly pinpointed shoes and handbags, the latter perhaps not surprising considering the investment of Coach Inc. CEO Lew Frankfort in the denim-centric company. “We got into ready-to-wear after six years in jeans,” Rudes said. “Retail wasn’t in our five-year plan. We move slowly. We aim for consistency.”
Lagerfeld Keeps Making Comments
Karl Lagerfeld stayed true to form at a press conference here on Friday, where he spoke at length on a wide range of subjects, from his love of architect Tadao Ando and stationary to his inability to get tired, generating plenty of laughter along the way. But he launched one of his biggest zingers — a pointed jab at Tina Brown — in the very last minutes of the nearly hour-long session.
Asked by a journalist from Indonesia what he made of a recent Newsweek story claiming that he is overrated, he fired back: “First of all, Tina Brown’s magazine is not doing well at all,” he said before ripping into the credibility of the story. “She is dying,” he continued. “I’m sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at ‘Vanity Fair,’ to go down with a sh*tty little paper like this. I’m sorry.”
Abercrombie’s Racist Pant?
Fake Abercrombie & Fitch websites came to light on Thursday when they highlighted a style of brown men’s cargo pants whose name included a racial epithet. Abercrombie-and-fitchoutlet.com is one of the more realistic-looking of the phony sites. The sites selling the offensive pants are reportedly registered to users in China. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. executives could not be reached Thursday evening, but a receptionist at the company’s New Albany, Ohio, headquarters said he was instructed to read callers a statement: “The offensive Web site is obviously not Abercrombie & Fitch’s. It is the work of a pirate, almost certainly offshore, seeking to trade on A&F’s reputation. This matter has just come to A&F’s attention and we have already started the necessary processes to have the site closed.” The letter was signed David Cupps, vice president of legal.
– Taneisha Jordan
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