S.T. Dupont Plots Move Into Watches

NICK OF TIME: Mounir Moufarrige, recently elevated to chairman of S.T. Dupont’s supervisory board, is eager to have the luxury lighter and pen specialist move swiftly into lucrative new categories. Watches are to debut early next year in France, the U.K. and Hong Kong, and Moufarrige said he’s lining up several celebrity pitchmen with huge social media followings. Women’s handbags are up next for the Paris-based company, which had first tested the category in 2011. It also makes an array of men’s leather goods. Moufarrige had previously been vice chairman at S.T. Dupont and succeeds Sharon Flood.
A serial entrepreneur involved in a slew of fashion and luxury firms, Moufarrige revealed he’s also a shareholder in Designer Parfums, which recently sold a majority stake in Jean Patou to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which plans to introduce ready-to-wear and accessories under former Nina Ricci and Carven designer Guillaume Henry, as reported. Designer Parfums markets fragrances for the likes of Worth Paris, Ariana Grande, Porsche Design and Naomi Campbell.

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L.A. Brand Rails Founder Jeff Abrams Speaks About London Store Plans, Plots Accessories and Homewares Expansion

LONDON-BOUND: Los Angeles-based label Rails founder Jeff Abrams says he feels like he’s been in expansion mode since he started his company with upcoming plans to open a store in London and potentially grow his line to include accessories and homewares.
Stocked at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Trilogy, he recently held a pop-up showcase at Harrods showcasing his full spring 2018 women’s wear range, which was filled with his signature shirts, easy dresses and rompers. Prices ranged from 140 pounds for a shirt to 300 pounds for denim or knitwear.
Launched in 2008, the label is known for its luxe soft button down shirts won by the likes of celebrities including Jessica Alba and Kendall Jenner.
He said there’s a lot of room for growth for his brand in Europe. “We’re always trying to identify places where we have room for growth,” Abrams said. “Even in this market where we’ve been for a couple of years, there’s still so many places where we’re not selling yet. We’re actively growing those markets in Asia, Middle East, South America. There are so many places that we can see customers are visiting us online and buying our product, but we may not have retail distribution and

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Arab Fashion Council Plots Arab Fashion Week Riyadh, Partners With British Fashion Council

LONDON — The Arab Fashion Council is starting to lay the foundations for the development of a sustainable infrastructure across the Arab world, with a strategic partnership with the British Fashion Council and the debut of the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh.
The nonprofit organization, which represents 22 countries across the Arab world and has recently set up a regional office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is aiming to use the event as a platform to support local talent, as well as international names looking to enter the Arab market.
“The history and trajectory of the BFC goes hand in hand with what we are trying to achieve: nurturing young talent and adopting an international vision,” said Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, the organization’s honorary president.
In turn, the AFC will work toward providing opportunities for London-based designers to tap into the Arab market.
Jacob Abrian, the founder and chief executive officer of the AFC, pointed to the fact that their efforts are aligned with the government’s broader vision to diversify the economy of Saudi Arabia and create opportunities for its increasingly young generation — 70 percent of the population being under 30. “Most Arab countries are looking to diversify; Abu Dhabi, for example, announced that

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Rebecca de Ravenel Plots Further Expansion

Rebecca de Ravenel, she of the tri-ball “Bon Bon” statement earring that set off a global trend and inspired innumerous knock-offs, is moving onward and upward from the spherical style.
The designer first introduced ready-to-wear last season — an outing that proved successful, with the clothing category growing to become half her business. All but one of her stockists picked up the ready-to-wear offering for spring. Come this month, the clothes will hit the racks of stores including Barneys New York, Fivestory, The Webster, Kirna Zabête and Matchesfashion.com.
This season she will expand upon on that collection — offering a new season’s worth of wares inspired by the concept of a confident woman sitting in The Carlyle Hotel’s library, awaiting an evening’s date at the opera. The collection will be shown to press tomorrow.
“When I start designing something, I always think about where a woman is sitting in a specific room. She is smart, she knows who she is, she is very in touch with her femininity — everything is quite covered because I like long things, but with shapes to accentuate the waist. The pants have boning in [them], owning to a certain sophistication,” de Ravenel said.
For the collection, de Ravenel

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Xiaomi Plots a Path Out of the Wilderness With a Big IPO

It wasn’t long ago that Xiaomi, once China’s top smartphone vendor, looked like it was past its prime. But a revival has brought resurgent sales at home and abroad, and now it is looking to cash in by going public.
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Google Plots to Conquer Self-Driving Cars—by Making Peace With Detroit

John Krafcik spent decades in the auto industry. As the head of Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle unit, he’s charged with schooling Silicon Valley in the ways of Detroit.
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Volkswagen Brand Plots U.S. Turnaround—Again

German auto maker Volkswagen says its chronically unprofitable U.S. operation is about to turn a corner and start cashing in on the world’s most valuable car market. But it has been down this road before.
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Ilana Glazer, ‘Time Traveling Bong’ Stars Talk Stoner Humor, Rejected Plots for Comedy Central Series

Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello blazed through a Q&A on Saturday following the premiere of their subversive time-travel limited series “Time Traveling Bong.” The conversation was held at the SVA Theater in Manhattan as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. In the three-part series, directed by Aniello, Glazer and Downs play cousins… Read more »

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