Michael Strahan Expands Into Jeans

NEW YORK — Michael Strahan is expanding his fashion brand.
The former Giants defensive end and media personality is launching jeans to add to his successful men’s wear collection at J.C. Penney.
He teamed with denim guru Eric Goldstein of Jean Shop, RRL, Gap and Denimrepair.com fame to create a collection under the Collection by Michael Strahan moniker. It is being offered in one straight fit in four washes, ranging from light to dark, and also includes a denim jacket. The washes are named after neighborhoods in New York: Gramercy, SoHo, Astoria and Williamsburg.
The line is priced at $ 70 for the jeans and $ 80 for the jacket but the out-the-door prices are $ 34.99 and $ 39.99, respectively, and will be merchandised within the Michael Strahan clothing department at 300 J.C. Penney stores as well as online.
In an exclusive interview at the “Good Morning America” studios, Strahan said he has high hopes for the jeans, which will join his tailored clothing, furnishings, ath-leisure, luggage, shoes and underwear collections at Penney’s.
“It’s launching in 300 stores and a lot of our products are in more than 600 stores, so we’re halfway to where we want to get,” he said. “For Penney’s, they’ll roll it out in

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Concept Korea Expands Support for Korean Designers in U.S. Market

Concept Korea wants to help Korean designers beyond New York Fashion Week.
The organization, which is formed out of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism agency, came to New York 10 years ago with the goal of providing Korean designers with the resources to have a show during New York Fashion Week. Successful alumni from the program include Kai, Beyond Closet and Juun.J.
But according to Misun Song, project director of Concept Korea, the designers have requested more help in the U.S. market, which is why Concept Korea is launching The Select, a showroom that opened this week that will feature the spring collections from 10 Korean designers including Nohant, Lie, Wnderkammer, Bmuet(te), Kye, Beyond Closet, The Centaur, SWBD, Hidden Forest Market and Heohwan Simulation. The showroom is located at 62 Greene Street in New York.
“We allow designers to do a show twice a year and then after that they disconnect from the market,” said Song. “We heard from a lot of designers that they would like a more permanent space in the U.S.”
The showroom will serve as a space where buyers can discover brands and conduct business, but it will also be a venue for pop-ups that will be open

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Paige Denim Expands Into Footwear

HAPPY FEET: Paige Denim is expanding its offer to include a new range of footwear that’s designed to channel the same laid-back Californian vibe the denim label for which the brand is known.
Founder Paige Adams-Geller, a self-confessed shoe addict, said she has always used her personal footwear collections to inspire her designs and was waiting for the moment when she could launch her own line independently, her goal being to avoid licensing and maintain full creative control.
She came up with a 19-piece collection ranging from snakeskin ankle boots to strappy sandals, sneakers with touches of leopard print and studded loafers.
“We wanted to include pieces we felt were a necessity in a woman’s closet: the sneaker, the heel, the Western boot, the lower heel height and the higher heel height,” said Adams-Geller, who found that the technicalities of footwear design were similar to that of denim.
“When you put Paige jeans on, they feel like your best friend and we wanted the same thing to happen with your foot. The most important quality for our shoes is comfort, so we made sure to pick leathers that mold to the foot, used special padding inside the shoes and negotiated the heel heights to

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Sunday Shopping Expands in Paris

SUNDAY SHOPPING: More stores can stay open for weeklong trading in Paris, after three shopping districts — Champs-Elysées Montaigne, Palais des Congrès and Bercy-Saint Emilion — were granted tourist zone status, enabling them to operate on Sundays.
The information regarding Champs-Elysées Montaigne and Palais des Congrès was published in France’s Journal Officiel and Bercy-Saint Emilion reportedly had its status changed through a prefectural order.
The status of tourist zone, allowing stores to trade on Sundays and until midnight under certain conditions, was created as part of the Macron Law in 2015. About 10 such areas already exist in Paris.
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Sentaler Expands to Asia With Lane Crawford

Sentaler, the Toronto-based outerwear firm, is riding the momentum of the Meghan Markle effect.
The company has landed its first Asian account, Lane Crawford, and will be selling two doors in Hong Kong (IFC Mall and Canton Road) and two doors in Mainland China (Yin Tai and Shanghai) this fall.
“Expanding into the Asian market has been at the forefront of Sentaler’s international growth efforts,” said Bojana Sentaler, designer and creative director, adding she was very excited to break into this new market with Lane Crawford.
In 2017, Sentaler scored its first U.S. major accounts, adding Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and bergdorfgoodman.com to its roster. The company sells major stores throughout Canada such as Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew and Saks and has a robust e-commerce business at sentaler.com, where it ships free worldwide with no customs or duties and free first-time returns.
In December, Markle wore a long camel Sentaler wide-collar wrap coat with signature ribbed cuffs while attending Christmas Day service in Sandringham alongside the royal family, as reported. It marked the first public outing with the family for the actress, who has worn Sentaler outerwear and accessories for years.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince William; Meghan Markle (in a Sentaler coat); Prince Harry,

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Sock It to Me Expands Assortment

Sock It to Me is moving into new categories.
The men’s and women’s sock and underwear brand, which was founded by Carrie Atkinson in 2004, will introduce men’s dress socks and a line of no-show socks for men and women.
According to Sock It to Me’s chief executive officer Michelle Walker, the development for the dress sock — which is the Portland, Ore.-based brand’s first premium line; the socks retail for $ 28.50 — took three years. The socks are made in Italy from a mercerized Egyptian cotton and come in graphic prints. The design team has focused on solving some of the common issues that come with wearing dress socks — like when they slide down the leg. They will be available to purchase in August.
The no-show line, which will retail for $ 8.50 and be available in May, includes eight new styles that will feature mismatched prints.
Atkinson started Sock It To Me while teaching English in South Korea when she noticed stands selling socks in novelty prints that she didn’t see in the U.S. market. Thinking they would appeal to Portland customers,, she decided to bring some of these socks back to the U..S. and sold them at the city’s popular Saturday

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Dior Expands in Germany With First Berlin Flagship

DIOR’S ARTISTIC BERLIN: Dior is growing its retail footprint in Germany with the French fashion house’s first stand-alone store in Berlin. Opening Saturday, the flagship at number 56 on this designer-studded stretch of Kurfürstendamm is marked by assorted artistic features. It provides the latest example of Berlin’s long-standing practice of incorporating art into retail environments.
Fabricated out of repurposed materials, the shop’s metal furniture by designer Stefan Leo, who has contributed to other Dior interiors, creates trompe l’oeil effects. Prague’s graffiti pioneer, Jan Kaláb, provided a softer note with his rounded, abstract LB Bubble artworks, while the Versailles parquet floors in the women’s department recalls Christian Dior’s personal fondness for the 18th century.
The store houses the Dior women’s and men’s collections, jewelry and perfume, and joins Dior German flagships in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, as well as dedicated spaces in KaDeWe Berlin, Oberpollinger Munich and Breuninger in Stuttgart. The company would not comment on further expansion plans in Europe’s strongest economy.

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Tailored Brands Expands Revolving Credit Facility

Tailored Brands, Inc. has amended its asset-based revolving credit facility to $ 550 million from $ 500 million and extended its maturity to October 2022 from June 2019.
In an early morning disclosure Thursday, Jack Calandra, chief financial officer of the former Men’s Wearhouse, said, “Our amended credit agreement provides Tailored Brands an additional $ 50 million of financial flexibility at a lower cost and better maturity profile.”
The agreement includes a $ 100 million expansion feature and has an improved fee structure. It matures in October of 2022 and is subject to a springing maturity provision relative to the company’s other outstanding debt.
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank was the lead arranger and administrative agent, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Capital Finance as joint lead arrangers and joint book runners, the company said.
Tailored Brands operates over 1,400 stores in the U.S. and Canada under the Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud, Moores Clothing for Men and K&G banners.

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Tommy John Expands Underwear Offering

Tommy John is introducing its fifth underwear line.
The men’s innerwear brand, which was founded by Tom Patterson, is releasing its Go Anywhere collection, which is made from moisture-wicking, anti-microbial fabrics with four-way stretch. The underwear includes Tommy John’s signature features including the Quick Draw Horizontal Fly, the Stay-Put Waist Band and the No-Wedgie Guarantee.
“Guys are more active than they’ve ever been before, and the Go Anywhere collection is made from a fabric that can take them through the day,” Patterson said. “We’ve always focused on comfort first, soft fabrics that are smart and give a guy everyday performance.”
The line includes a jogger, a dress pant and a Henley along with a trunk and boxer brief. Tommy John first dabbled in apparel in 2015 with its ath-leisure collection. It also introduced Tommy John Labs, a platform the brand used to explore categories beyond underwear.
Tommy John is set to open its first store this October at the King of Prussia mall in Philadelphia, which Patterson said will provide its customer with a comfortable shopping experience they might not be accustomed to.
“Our take is the men’s underwear shopping experience at retail hasn’t changed in 30-plus years and guys have considered underwear as a

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Apple Expands Bet on Cutting Edge Privacy Tech

Apple has kicked off a massive experiment with new privacy technology aimed at solving an increasingly thorny problem: how to build products that understand users without snooping on their activities.
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L.A. Brand Chaser Expands With East Hampton Store

STAY A WHILE: Los Angeles contemporary line Chaser has made its way to the East Coast with a second store.
The brand — known for its extra soft, vintage-inspired rock T-shirts across men, women and kids — now sits on both coasts with the opening of its store on Main Street in East Hampton, N.Y.
“The Hamptons is one of the most gorgeous places in the whole of America. We felt it represented what the brand is about,” said owner and founder Hadi Salem. “East Hampton, for us, it felt like it was the right demographic for the brand and we thought we could do business there. In a world where not many people are opening stores, we thought, ‘OK, let’s take a chance.’”
Chaser, seen as embodying an effortless chic that has come to define many of the brands coming out of the Los Angeles area, is sold in about 800 U.S. boutiques and department stores, including Ron Robinson, Fred Segal, American Rag, Revolve, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. What has set Chaser apart is its rock ‘n’ roll edge with tanks and deconstructed T-shirts featuring the Dead Kennedys, The Who and AC/DC.
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Jack Spade Expands Collaborations for 20th Anniversary

Jack Spade New York has extended its collaborative efforts for spring, partnering with Sperry and the Museum of Modern Art on a collection of accessories that will bow later this month.
These collaborations will join ongoing ones with Barneys New York and Save Khaki United and are intended to mark the 20th anniversary of the brand.
They were spearheaded by Cristiano Quieti, senior vice president and president of Jack Spade New York, and are titled “Friends of Jack.” The partners were chosen, the company said, because all share a “connective thread — they are iconic East Coast, often New York City brands, with an appreciation for great design.”
The Sperry shoes will include slip-ons and lace-ups with stripes or colorblocking that will retail for $ 75 to $ 100. They will be available on the Sperry and Jack Spade web sites as well as in select Sperry stores.
The Museum of Modern Art capsule offers seven canvas accessories including totes, wallets and a paddle bag that will be sold on both companies’ web sites and will retail for $ 38 to $ 298.

The portfolio bag from the Museum of Modern Art partnership. 

The Barneys bags include messengers, totes, briefcases, wallets and card cases that sell for $ 648 to $ 698 while

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White Expands Despite Uncertainty

MILAN — Contemporary women’s fashion and accessories trade show White recorded a 4 percent increase in international buyers and a 14 percent rise in visitors overall, despite an uncertain economic outlook for the year.
White, which closed its three-day run on Feb. 27, hosted 511 companies in total, more than double the brands that showcased men’s and women’s collections in January. Of the 511 brands on show, 145 were from abroad.
“We are trying to make White ever more international and contemporary. To do that, we scout brands like these all over the world,” said founder and organizer Massimiliano Bizzi.
The special areas at the show highlighted White’s focus on turning the fair into a more international event. The show hosted talents from Kazakhstan, Portugal and Belgium. White’s guest label the Situationist was from the country of Georgia.
Irakli Rusadze, the 25-year-old founder of the Situationist label, unfurled a collection marked by a sophisticated sartorial flair and a distinct Eastern European underground feel. A self-taught creative, Rusadze learned to make his own patterns at age 13. Most of the collection that was on show was crafted inside his home. Rusadze was discovered by White organizers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tbilisi in 2016.
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J.Hilburn Expands Made-to-Measure Program

J.Hilburn is moving into new categories.
The custom men’s wear line, which is based in Dallas, will offer made-to-measure polo shirts, chinos and shorts. The polo shirts launched last month and the chinos and shorts will be available in late spring.
“The big theme driving men’s wear right now is fit and as we strive to be the most personal brand in the world, we want to ensure our product offering excels at providing a guy the best-fitting garment,” said Eric Frank, vice president of merchandising and design at J.Hilburn. “Through the past 10 years, we’ve developed a unique specialty in made-to-measure, and have been able to set ourselves apart with the enhanced capability of our supply chain. Our scale, speed, quality and consistency in delivering made-to-measure products have given us a unique advantage to expand into new made-to-measure categories.”
The polo shirt is available in either mélange jersey or pique. Customers can personalize it by choosing the collar, placket, pocket, buttons and monogram. Both styles retail for $ 145. The brand is also focused on the performance category and recently released a made-to-measure MAC jacket, that’s water-resistant, and Estrato, a line of natural performance suiting that’s 100 percent wool but is woven to

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Solid & Striped Adds to Design Team, Expands Spring Offering

EARNING THEIR STRIPES: Solid & Striped is expanding its team. Founder Isaac Ross has hired Michelle Copelman, who spent six years as a designer for J. Crew and Crewcuts, as design director, a new position at the growing brand. Copelman will oversee the men’s and women’s divisions of Solid & Striped’s design department and plans to help expand its product assortment and categories.
“Michelle has such a strong point of view and a great taste level,” Ross told WWD of the appointment. “And equally important is for a designer to know how to design into a brand that already exists — how to take it a step further, how to elevate us and push us in the right direction, but also how to respect the customer base that we need to remain very aware of and cater to.”
Solid & Striped just wrapped two collaborations on its swimwear and beachwear line — one with Poppy Delevingne and the other with Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery — and plans to expand further with a full lifestyle offering that includes accessories such as bags, towels and hats as well as potential footwear and eyewear collaborations. “Spring 2016 is a much bigger undertaking than we’ve ever done,”

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