Beats by Dre Partners With Violet Grey on Limited-Edition Headphones

Beats by Dre, the multibillion-dollar, Apple-owned headphones company, is venturing outside its music/sports/youth comfort zone by partnering with a select few specialty retailers, including Los Angeles-based beauty retailer Violet Grey.
Violet Grey’s branded digital content appealed to Beats, as did the opportunity to gain exposure to a hip and cultured group of women. Meanwhile, Violet Grey will gain exposure to Beats’ urban, streetwear-oriented crowd.
“Beats has always been on our list of brands we love,” said Violet Grey founder Cassandra Grey. “I’m a marketer at heart and the story of how Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine marketed the headphones through sports culture really inspired me. When it comes to curating nonbeauty products we think about what brings us joy, what’s convenient and what could most benefit our lives. Headphones are one of those accessories that have become a staple in our wardrobes. They’re a necessary luxury.”
Beginning Thursday, the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones in matte black will be available for $ 349.95 among the rest of the Violet Code-approved product lineup on VG.com.
The partnership will be feted tonight during a private event at Violet Grey’s Melrose Place retail studio, where the two companies will host about 40 female celebrities and influencers including January Jones,

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Birkenstock and Berlin Porcelain Maker KPM Join Forces on Limited-Edition Sandal Collection

Strange Bedfellows: On the heels of its most recent collaboration with Rick Owens as well as this year’s assorted Birkenstock Box cooperations with retailers the world over, the footwear maker has tapped a somewhat unlikely royal partner for the latest take on the brand’s iconic Arizona and Gizeh cork footbed sandals: KPM Berlin.
Founded in 1763 and thus 11 years older than Birkenstock, the highly respected Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur provided its Kurland Royal Noir pattern as well as a signature porcelain inset for the limited-edition Birkenstock x KPM. There are four models in all, the Arizona and Gizeh in black-on-black embossed leather, and both models in a black and gold Royal Noir print. Limited to 300 pieces per style, the sandals are available exclusively at Berlin’s leading premium department store KaDeWe through June 9, as well as online at birkenstock.com for 280 euros a pop. For those who’d like to wear their Birkenstocks and have a matching cup of coffee, too, a large-sized KPM Kurland Royal Noir cup and saucer will set one back 1,190 euros.
The special edition was feted Thursday night with a cocktail reception at the third-floor Birkenstock X KPM pop-up shop at KaDeWe, which featured the Birkenstock sandals, items from

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Dauphin Partners With Goop on Limited-edition Designs

FINE AND FRENCH: French contemporary jewelry brand Dauphin has teamed with Goop on an exclusive range of rings.
The pieces, as well as a limited selection of permanent Dauphin designs, are to be retailed through Goop’s Dallas and Santa Monica bricks-and-mortar boutiques.
Goop is the third U.S. retailer for Dauphin, adding to a stockist list that also includes Dover Street Market New York and Barneys. The house says this is a strategic move to increase its presence in the U.S. market.
Dauphin founder Charlotte Dauphin de la Rochefoucauld said of the partnership: “The Dauphin x Goop limited-edition capsule collection is a reinvention of the house’s classic Disruptive rings. Incorporating brilliant-cut diamonds for the first time, the series is an ode to Goop’s essential, refined and elevated aesthetics.”
Rings will be priced upward of $ 2,675, available through Goop beginning April 12.

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Ballantyne Introduces Luxury, Artisanal Limited-Edition Collection

MILAN — Ballantyne is refreshing the image of the brand by raising its creative content and artisanal approach.
For fall 2018, the luxury knitwear company has introduced Ballantyne Lab, a new limited-edition line of men’s and women’s cashmere pieces, which are produced in an atelier installed inside the brand’s factory in Treviso, Italy.
“This collection, which represents our haute couture, will be sold to a limited number of retailers — about 15 in Italy and an additional 10 in the world,” said Fabio Gatto, who acquired Ballantyne from the Charme Investments SCA fund in 2015 for six million euros. “We are selecting specific stores, which have an online presence and qualified staff able to explain the products to final customers.”
The collection features prices which are 30 percent higher than the regular range.
The company is relaunching the label’s iconic Diamond Bag — favored by Queen Elizabeth II — that is available in 18 solid colors and 12 special variations, spanning from velvet to quilted leather and shearling. Gatto said he also plans to implement the brand’s knitwear production in Scotland. In the past, Ballantyne used to create the majority of its products in its Scottish factory located in Innerleithen.
“Currently we manufacture only 10 percent of the collection there, but

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Theory Collaborates on Limited-Edition T-shirts Helping WE NYC

Honoring International Women’s Day, Theory has partnered with Prinkshop, the “wear what you care about” apparel and accessories brand that turns bystanders into activists.
Together, they have collaborated on four limited-edition T-shirts that inspire women to use their voices. The shirts, which sell for $ 40 on theory.com and in Theory stores, will be available through the month.
The collection’s proceeds will help fund a donation to WE NYC, an initiative based out of the city’s Department of Small Business Services that is dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses.
On Tuesday night, Theory hosted its fifth Be Heard panel featuring Susan Lyne, president and founding partner of  BBG Ventures; Amanda Hesser, cofounder and chief executive officer of Food52, and Shan-Lyn Ma, ceo and founder of  Zola.
The panel was moderated by Dee Poku, founder of the Women’s Inspiration and Enterprise Network. The conversation focused on how female founders are driving gender parity by building their own businesses and following their own rules.
 

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Ralph Lauren to Release Limited-Edition Polo Snow Beach Collection

Ralph Lauren is mining its archives.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its snowboarding collection, which included the lauded Snow Beach graphic, the brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs.
On Jan. 25, the color capsule will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and Opening Ceremony in the U.S., and on Feb. 1, a black and white assortment will drop.
The color capsule consists of 10 pieces including the Snow Beach Pullover, a collector’s item, which rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video, the red Snow Beach vest, high-top sneakers, a fanny pack, a bucket hat and the Cold Wave fitted cape.
The black-and-white line features eight styles ranging from a water-resistant nylon poncho and a rugby covered in patches. Shoppers will be able to customize garments at the Ralph Lauren shop on Price Street in New York. The lines retail from $ 69 to $ 395.

A look from the Snow Beach capsule collection. 
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Vanessa Traina, DECASO Curate Limited-Edition Vintage Home Collection

Two design forces have come together to curate a limited-edition collection of vintage pieces for the home.
Vanessa Traina, executive creative director of the holding company Assembled Brands, and online home decor marketplace DECASO, or the Decorative Arts Society, worked together to put together a collection of more than 60 vintage finds from 15 Los Angeles dealers, including Antique Rug Co., AW Gallery, Dana. John, Den Mobler, East Meets West Antiques, Gallery Girasole, Lumfardo, JW, Paul Marra, Pasadena Art Monkeys, Reform, Rewire, Robert Kuo, Susanne Hollis and UnHeim.
The pieces will be on sale through Oct. 19 at The Apartment by the Line — Los Angeles on Melrose Place.
“It just makes a world of sense for us,” Traina said of the partnership. “We were really looking to give as much attention to our interior community as our fashion community with The Line being a lifestyle brand. DECASO’s marketplace and selection of goods is so vast. It was a great opportunity to do something with a lot of local vendors and a really great and interesting experience to work with vendors that aren’t in our immediate network and take pieces that we wouldn’t necessarily have had in The Line and show them in

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Janie and Jack Launches Limited-Edition Women’s Collection

Janie and Jack, the 15-year-old children’s fashion brand, has introduced a new limited-edition women’s collection called J&J.
The collection launches today at janieandjack.com and in two Janie and Jack shops at The Grove in Los Angeles and Aventura Mall in Miami. The women’s line has corresponding looks for girls, boys and babies.
Geared to summer parties or picnics in the park, the women’s looks include striped dresses, eyelet maxidresses, striped ruffled dresses, sleeveless tops, cold-shouldered tops and Swiss dot tassel tops. There are also tote bag and pouches. Striped rompers, tank dresses, shorts and polo shirts are available for children. Styles for girls and boys are available in sizes for infants as well as children up to age 12 and range from $ 19 to $ 69. Women’s sizes range from XS to XL with prices from $ 58 to $ 168.
Janie and Jack, which has about 150 stores throughout the U.S. and janieandjack.com, is a division of Gymboree Corp.
As reported, Gymboree has an interest payment with a due date of June 1 for notes due in 2018, and the company said in March that it was getting short on cash. Financial sources this week said the “prognosis” hasn’t changed,  and the retailer could file for bankruptcy

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Rei Kawakubo Preview Breaks Media Record; Met Shop to Sell Limited-Edition Items

NEW YORK — Mistaking the 100-plus-person line outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday morning as one for museumgoers, a few out-of-towners found themselves out of luck, after a security guard explained the museum was closed to the public but open for a press preview.
More than 600 media types — an all-time high — turned out for the big reveal of The Costume Institute’s “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: The Art of the In-Between.” Patrick Li, Eugene Tong, Cecilia Dean, Simon Doonan and Thom Browne filed through the futuristic design, while photographers and camera crews huddled around curator in charge Andrew Bolton.
Testimony to Kawakubo’s reputation of being a designer’s designer, Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino, was among the first to take in the exhibit. After peering into one of the circular spheres to check out five designs from the fall 2016 “18th Century Punk” collection, he said, “It’s amazing. I have to say, I love her work. I am really impressed to see all of this beauty together.
“My impression [of the show] is not to have a sense of time. Everything can be yesterday, today and tomorrow. I like this idea of no time in fashion. This [show] is

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Caraa Partners With Equinox for Gym-to-Work Limited-Edition Tote

With a new collaboration with Equinox and another one in development with Swarovski, Caraa, a 16-month company that specializes in stylish bags for the gym-to-the-office, aims to generate $ 2.3 million in sales this year.
That would be a considerable hike for a company that started selling in January 2016 and tallied $ 250,000 in annual sales. “The Equinox Tote” has a hidden shoe compartment, ultralight waterproof nylon lining and matte black hardware. The Caraa x Equinox design doubles as a backpack, and it has enabled the start-up to increase distribution in Equinox clubs from five to 45.
During the initial design process, creative director Carmen Chen Wu camped out at the juice bar in Equinox’s SoHo club for people watching. Caraa cofounder and chief executive officer Aaron Luo said, “She sat there with the team pretty much off and on for three months to see what kinds of bags people were wearing. We always joke about how we are in the market to solve two problems for women — the too many bags problem and the ugly gym bag problem.
“We stopped a few members, chatted with them, we spoke with the stores. But for us, we don’t believe in coming up with a

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Max Mara Joins Shantell Martin for Limited-Edition Sunglass Range

ART IN MOTION: Max Mara opened the doors of its Rue Saint-Honoré boutique in Paris on Thursday evening to celebrate the launch of its limited-edition Prism in Motion collection of sunglasses, created in collaboration with artist Shantell Martin.
Martin, whose signature is stream-of-consciousness works in black marker pen on white canvas, created a tableau especially for the brand featuring circles, lines, squares and written messages.
“I did the initial drawing with this 3-D tool I made that allows you to draw with more than one pen at a time; I like that there’s a little bit of technology behind the fashion,” said Martin. “The inspiration was mainly motion and seeds in the form of positive messages.”
The work was then digitally reproduced and divided into 1,000 different pieces, which were reproduced on cat’s eye-shaped sunglasses, making each pair unique.
The eyewear, manufactured under license by Safilo Group, went on sale in a handful of Max Mara’s flagships on March 2, and a few pairs are also available to buy online.
Guests at the event included actresses Gabrielle Lazure, Audrey Fleurot and Inès Sastre and perfumer Kilian Hennessy.
Later this month, Martin, who was born in the U.K. but is based in New York, is set to

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Matchless London, Schwarzenegger Create Limited-Edition Men’s Collection

“I’LL BE BACK”: Matchless London is collaborating with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a limited-edition collection of three men’s wear staples, all made in Italy.
“Having worked closely with Arnold for ‘The Terminator’ movie, it is with enormous pride and satisfaction that yet again Matchless London, with its timeless style and quality, have teamed up with such an action hero and jointly created this exciting new part of our collection,” said Michele Malenotti, managing director of Matchless London.  The project will support Schwarzenegger’s charity foundation, After-School All-Stars.
Winking to Schwarzenegger’s action hero roles, the Iron Bomber is realized in Matchless antique black leather, using an exclusive Riri Swiss handmade zip for the front and pockets. The back is emblazoned with the U.S. flag with a vintage effect. The inside label is signed by the actor.

The Iron Bomber 
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The cowboy blazer in tanned leather has a back half belt, shaped buttoned pockets and a detachable shearling waistcoat. Matchless included an inside cigar holder pocket “in true Schwarzenegger style with his top selection of Partagas, Montecristo and Cohiba,” the company said. To complete the look, there is a label inside signed by the actor and by Malenotti.
 

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Columbia Sportswear Develops ‘Rogue One’ Limited-Edition Jackets

GOING ROGUE: As far as movie fans go, “Star Wars” followers are known to be more zealous than most. And now thanks to Columbia Sportswear, they can dress the part for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Working in tandem with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, the company has developed three styles of jackets inspired by “Rogue One” characters Sergeant Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor and the Imperial Death Trooper.
The limited-edition cinematic venture is a first for Columbia Sportswear, which will offer the trio of products through it’s web site and select stores starting Dec. 9. The $ 400 Jyn Erso Rebel jacket is a stretch twill cotton jacket with leather details on the sleeves. The style borrows from the look of one worn by Felicity Jones, who plays Erso. Its quilted insulated vest can be worn in its own or as a base layer. More heavy-duty is the $ 500 Captain Cassian Andor Rebel Parka, a parka with a detachable sherpa-lined hood with faux fur trim detail. The waterproof breathable jacket also has Omni-Heatä Reflective lining, which is meant to help the wearer retain heat.
“Star Wars” fans also have the option of the Imperial Death Trooper Jacket, a waterproof, a breathable

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Timo Weiland Collaborates With Jaboneria Marianella for Limited-Edition Soaps

TINY BUBBLES: Timo Weiland has teamed with Jaboneria Marianella’s mother-son team of Marianella Febres-Cordero and David Foote for an assortment of limited-edition soaps. Inspired by Weiland’s fall collection, the eight fragrant vegetable-based soaps are packaged in colorful patterned wrappers like chevron. The $ 16 Jaboneria Marianella/Timo Weiland soaps have a run of 500 units.
Shoppers can find the special-edition items at the new Jaboneria Marinaella Soap Bar at the Gansevoort Market, which is housed at 353 West 14th Street in Manhattan. Weiland and Foote became friends more than 10 years ago. Foote said, “Timo’s designs have always inspired me. I love how he plays with masculine silhouettes and concepts, and applies them to women’s wear.”
Having worked in fashion illustration, Foote said he plans to collaborate with other designers going forward. His drawings can be found in Poppy King’s book “The A to Z of Lipstick,” which was published earlier this month. Foote said, ”I love the idea of pairing up a fashion designer and their vision with ours, the combination of ideas really sparks something unique.”
Weiland’s mother, Alison, has been part of his company’s story from the beginning. The designer said it was inspiring to work side-by-side with another mother-son team. “Keeping

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There's no better time to score extra-super-pretty makeup and other beauty goodies than the holidays, when lots of our favorite brands release gorgeous limited-edition items—you might want to snatch a couple up now even if…




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