Namesake Debuts Try-at-Home Platform for Leather Jacket Design

TORONTO — Imagine if a box came to your doorstep and with it anyone, anywhere could create a custom leather jacket that is unmatched in its fit and personalized detail.
For Canadian designer Rosa Halpern, bringing that idea to life — and in a way that mimics her client’s sensory experience in her Toronto studio — has been an all-consuming passion for the 26-year-old founder of the edgy bespoke brand, Namesake.
Now Halpern is putting that concept to the test in 2018 with today’s launch of a first-of-its-kind Try-at-Home design platform that empowers digital shoppers to build the perfect leather jacket based on their own customization choices.
“A great leather jacket has always been recognized as an investment piece. But finding that perfect fit is elusive,” said the British-born Halpern, who, after graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, launched Namesake in 2015 determined to create ethically made customized essentials for women that could capture the essence of who they are or who they want to be when they slip on her sumptuous, timeless designs.
Within Halpern’s studio, customers ranging in age from 25 to 70 can touch and feel more than 40 leather options — some more durable for outdoor activities,

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EXCLUSIVE: Aldo Maria Camillo to Unveil Namesake Brand at Pitti Uomo

MILAN — Aldo Maria Camillo will unveil the first collection of his namesake label at Pitti Uomo, running in Florence Jan. 8 to 11.
The designer was selected by the international men’s wear trade show at its Pitti Italics Special Event.
“Aldo Maria Camillo works exclusively and with great focus on men’s fashion studying the masculine silhouette, with the aim of giving a new imprint and freshness to men’s wear. His cultural references belong to an intimately classical background, supported by solid stylistic training and an acute sensitivity to current worldwide events — which goes beyond fashion. He has talent, imagination, and a sense of material,” said Pitti Immagine director of communications and events Lapo Cianchi. “The new project of Aldo Maria is very personal and immediately engaged us, because we believe that in men’s wear it is essential to return to the standards of elegance nonetheless, re-read and renewed in a modern key. We want to join him in this adventure — the launching of his self-named brand — which now more than ever before requires courage and determination.”
A graduate from the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, Camillo kicked off his career in 2003 as an assistant fashion designer at Valentino. Three

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Fumito Ganryu to Debut Namesake Label at Pitti Uomo

MILAN — Japanese designer Fumito Ganryu is the latest new entry in the upcoming edition of men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo, running June 12 to 15 in Florence.
As part of Pitti’s “Designer Project,” he will unveil his new namesake brand at the trade show. Details regarding venue and time or date were not available at press time.
Previously, the designer launched the Ganryu brand operating under the Comme des Garçons umbrella in 2007, after cutting his teeth as pattern maker for Junya Watanabe starting from 2004. The Ganryu label was discontinued last year.
Earlier this month, Georgia was named guest nation of the trade show as part of the program promoted by Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery. The six Georgian brands and designers confirmed to present their collections in the special area of the Spazio Carra, at the Fortezza da Basso location, include Aznauri, Situationist, Anuka Keburia, Gola Damian, Tatuna Nikolaishvili and Vaska.
In addition, Craig Green and Roberto Cavalli will also show at Pitti Uomo. The former was named Menswear Guest Designer of the upcoming edition, while the latter was tapped as a special guest and will host a fashion show to relaunch men’s wear under the creative direction of Paul Surridge.

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Canali Family Hires Designer, Stands by Namesake Company

MILAN — The Canali family is standing behind their 84-year-old namesake men’s wear company.
With a view to further expanding its collections, from formal to sportier looks and accessories, Canali has tapped Hyun-Wook Lee as its exclusive in-house designer.
“This is a very important step for us as it’s the first time we single out one designer to oversee all categories, and evolve the offer,” general manager Stefano Canali said Friday at the company’s showroom in Milan, ahead of the brand’s presentation on Saturday. Given Lee’s recent arrival at the company, his first collection for Canali will bow during Milan Men’s Fashion Week in June.
Born in Seoul in 1973, Lee comes to Canali with 17 years of experience in fashion, having worked at Berluti in Paris and contributed to its foray into men’s apparel. He previously worked at Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace and Gianfranco Ferré. Lee graduated in design and fine arts from the University of Chung-Ang in Seoul and has a background in art. He has created sculptures in wood and metal, designed jewelry and painted fabrics. In 2000, he specialized in fashion design at Milan’s Istituto Marangoni.
“He will add style to all the categories, offer a softer tailoring and develop our

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Patrick DiLascia Goes Elevated With New Namesake Line

Patrick DiLascia is injecting casual luxury into his latest line, Patrick.
The men’s retailer and designer, who appeared on Marcus Lemonis’ CNBC show “The Profit” with his label DiLascia, is now going after the higher end.
DiLascia, who has long been known for his Southern California lifestyle T-shirts with cheeky sayings such as “Extra” and “Pool Boy,” is now veering toward a full-fledged lifestyle brand with the build-out of a collection that is more than T-shirts, in addition to kids and the infusion of complementary brands into his retail business.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to have a collection rather than just T-shirts so we’re looking at doing higher price points and better fabrics, and it’s not going to be distributed as heavily as DiLascia has been,” the designer said. “When I met with some of my higher-end retailers we were discussing where the market was going. The top retailers in the high end are going to stay. Those lower-end retailers, like H&M and Topshop, are going to stay, and that middle’s going to basically be gone. So DiLascia kind of falls in the middle and I needed to decide where I wanted to go: up or down. And, obviously, I

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Tomas Maier on Bringing His Namesake Brand Into the Future

The designer is relaunching his website for the label’s 20th anniversary.

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Ralph Lauren Is Stepping Down as CEO of His Namesake Brand

For the first time in the history of Ralph Lauren, someone other than the designer will hold the title of chief executive officer. Stefan Larsson, who has been Old Navy’s global president since 2012, is taking over the role. Prior to working at Old Navy, Larsson spent 15 years at H&M.

The executive change-up doesn’t mean Lauren’s involvement will be reduced. Rather, he told WWD that he will be as present as ever. “This is important to say: There is no toe in the water. I love what I’m doing, I love the company. I won’t be coming two days a week.” He will maintain his roles as executive chairman and chief creative officer.

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“I had dinner with Ralph, the most iconic American fashion designer,” Larsson said. “Our meeting had a big impact on me. I think we started speaking dreams minutes into the dinner. Dreams and realizing that Ralph has made more in his life so far than anybody can ever dream of and here he is, speaking about growing the business, speaking about generations, speaking about stories. And I was just moved by that.”



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