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Denim Desires: J Brand x Hussein Chalayan Jodhpurs

J Brand x Hussein Chalayan Jodhpurs, available at FORWARD.

J Brand x Hussein Chalayan Jodhpurs, available at FORWARD.


At this time of year, it’s hard to not shop for yourself.  Do you save your bucks at the beginning of the year in anticipation of this annual dilemma, or do you just go with the flow?  I mean, who knows what fashion may bring tomorrow (although lately, many things have been quite predictable).

I have been impressed with the collab between J Brand and Hussein Chalayan, and I dare say, their jeans are fierce!  I’ve never been much of a fan of jodhpurs, but, these seem to really work.  It must be the expert tailoring, no doubt.


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Nov 21 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Black Friday At Loehmanns



Who spends Saturday morning rifling through their mountainous stacks of junk mail?  Well, I did, and I was glad to discover my Loehmann’s mailer, hidden between gift basket catalogs and supermarket circulars.  Loehmann’s is already getting a jumpstart on Black Friday, but the deal to look for is the Buy One, Get The Second At 50% Off on all denim on Black Friday and Saturday.  Also, the first 400 customers who pick up the in-store coupon on Friday and Saturday, will save $25 off when you spend $50 or more. Check for participating stores.  Tip: get on the free Insider Club mailing list ASAP.  If your birthday falls within this week, you can save an additional 15% off.  In past sales, I’ve seen Loehmann’s carry an assortment of premium denim such as 7 for All Mankind, Buffalo, J Brand, J Lindeberg, Paige Premium, Paper Denim & Cloth, Rock & Republic, True Religion, and many others.  Do the Loehmann’s!

11/27-11/28 (Friday & Saturday Only)
Buy one, get the second at 50% off**
Premium, contemporary and petites for her & him

**Second item must be of equal or lesser value.  Not valid on prior purchases.


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Nov 21 2009 in Uncategorized

Jean Pool: Men’s Denim Fashion

Source:  WWD

By David Lipke


Acne??™s cotton jeans and Lova??™s TK tank top. DC Shoes sneakers.

Acne??™s cotton jeans and Lova??™s TK tank top. DC Shoes sneakers.

Ben Sherman??™s denim shorts, Aviator Nation??™s hoody and tank top, all in cotton. J. Lindeberg belt; Common Projects sneakers.

Ben Sherman??™s denim shorts, Aviator Nation??™s hoody and tank top, all in cotton. J. Lindeberg belt; Common Projects sneakers.

Vans??™ cotton and spandex jeans, 7 For All Mankind??™s leather and cotton jacket and G-Star Raw??™s cotton and polyester sweater. Vans sneakers.

Vans??™ cotton and spandex jeans, 7 For All Mankind??™s leather and cotton jacket and G-Star Raw??™s cotton and polyester sweater. Vans sneakers.
















Key men??™s denim trends for spring include clean and classic five-pockets, skinny fits with stretch and shades of gray.

1. Classic, Clean Five-Pockets: Levi??™s never go out of style, said Jennifer Althouse, denim buyer at American Rag, and the iconic brand is the Los Angeles store??™s top seller. ???I always have a customer for this look. Young and old, they always come back to Levi??™s.???

2. Vintage Washes With Rips and Repairs: Worn-in styles command higher prices than clean washes, said Thomas George, owner of the E Street Denim stores in Highland Park, Ill., and Lake Geneva, Wis. ???The more work done to a jean, the easier it is for a customer to justify a premium price.???

3. Skinny Fits With Stretch: A growing number of men??™s jeans are incorporating stretch fabric for comfort and fit, especially in skinny fits. ???We do really well with Kill City in these styles, as they have a great price and interesting washes,??? said Althouse.

4. Overwashed, Faded Hues: Pale blue denim is ideal for spring and summer months, as it tends to be lighter and softer. ???This trend is very important in our spring assortment, as we??™re one of the only brands to offer such a supersoft selvage in an alternative to white,??? said Jerome Dahan, chief executive officer and creative director at Citizens for Humanity. At Seven For All Mankind, a pale ecru shade is a riff on this style.

5. Jean Shorts: Denim shorts have cleaned up and become less grungy for spring, according to Audrey Gingras, owner of New York??™s Archetype Showroom. Its April 77 label offered a selvage style for spring.

6. Gray Denim: An increasingly popular alternative to indigo shades, ???gray denim is a neutral that goes with a lot of looks,??? said Gingras. 


Guess Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren??™s jacket and What Goes Around Comes Around??™s Henley, all in cotton. Calvin Klein Shoes.

Guess Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren??™s jacket and What Goes Around Comes Around??™s Henley, all in cotton. Calvin Klein Shoes.

Levi??™s jeans and Earnest Sewn??™s shirt, both in cotton. St??ssy tie; Tiffany & Co. tie bar; Common Projects sneakers.

Levi??™s jeans and Earnest Sewn??™s shirt, both in cotton. St??ssy tie; Tiffany & Co. tie bar; Common Projects sneakers.

Kill City??™s cotton and spandex denim jeans, J. Lindeberg??™s wool blazer and CLU??™s cotton shirt. Common Projects shoes.

Kill City??™s cotton and spandex denim jeans, J. Lindeberg??™s wool blazer and CLU??™s cotton shirt. Common Projects shoes.















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–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Nov 21 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deal NYC: ‘Save Fashion’ Price Slash



Already in progress, Refiner29’s SAVE FASHION sales have slashed prices an additional 30% off on their high-end fashion offerings.  Get Acne jeans for $125 (Reg. $300).  Look for Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Vena Cava, Wren and Zimmermann.  Sale ends this weekend. 

Vena Cava coat,
was $850, now $175

Rebecca Turbow skirt,
was $300, now $104

Wren Jasmin front zip coat,
was $495, now $200

Kimberly Ovitz Motorcycle jacket,
was $625, now $219

Bruce jersey pant,
was $202, now $99

Now thru 11/22

237 Lafayette Street
(corner of Spring Street)


SUNDAY 11/22

Click here for MORE INFO


Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Nov 20 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Fashion Crowd Raises $1.2M for Hetrick-Martin Institute, Pharrell Williams Partners With Moncler, Ali Ro Expands Into Sportswear, Fashion’s Night Out Rescheduled, Fashion Scoops: Stella’s Gap Encore…

In today’s WWD News, the fashion crowd raises money for Hetrick-Martin Institute, Pharrell Williams collaborates with Moncler, Ali Ro jumps into sportswear, fashions night out is rescheduled by a day and Stella McCartney will design another collection for GapKids for a spring line due out in March!

I wanted to add that I had the fortunate pleasure of attending a Hetrick-Martin Institute fund raiser hosted by the dynamic interior design duo, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg, this past March.  It is heart warming to know that there is so much support for the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s mission to service, educate and empower the young gay and lesbian community.  If you would like to donate and help support the cause, go to

Read the WWD highlighted articles below.

–Nikki Cho Russo


Fashion Crowd Raises $1.2M for Hetrick-Martin Institute



Kimora Lee Simmons, Thomas Krever and Rob Smith. Photo by Courtesy Photo

In an evening filled with humor, emotion and generosity, a crowd of 750 converged on Cipriani Wall Street Nov. 10, raising nearly $1.2 million for the Hetrick-Martin Institute. 

HMI provides a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21. More than 1,200 individuals pass through the institute??™s doors at 2 Astor Place every year, where they receive a wide range of services including job assistance, counseling, college guidance, HIV-prevention workshops and hot meals. 

???The fashion community came together and pulled off a 20 percent increase in raising funds this year, and that is a true testament to the support of Hetrick-Martin??™s mission,??? said Rob Smith, Macy??™s executive vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear, and co-chair of the institute. 

The evening celebrated HMI??™s 30th anniversary, and honored HMI co-founder Joyce Hunter for her commitment to the LGBTQY community, Mayor Bloomberg for his staunch support of LGBT rights and the late Harvey Milk through a stirring video montage and an award presented to his nephew, Stuart Milk. 

Click here to read the full article


Pharrell Williams Partners With Moncler



A piece from a special edition of men??™s jackets by Moncler and Grammy-winning musician Pharrell Williams. Photo by Courtesy Photo

The news confirms a WWD report on Sept. 10. 

The all-black lineup will make its debut for fall 2010 and includes a ???pacifist??? version of the bulletproof jacket, with Velcro-ed side slits, reversible matte/shiny down vests and elongated puffers. 

Mirroring Williams??™ environmental activism, the jackets are fashioned using textiles from Bionic, a three-year-old company he controls. Bionic spins yarns and fabrics from recycled plastic bottles. 

Williams said he was ???honored??? to join forces with Moncler, noting the project happened on a lark when he met Remo Ruffini, Moncler??™s chairman and creative director, at last year??™s Miami Art Basel showcase. ???I told him I loved his stuff and he offered to do something together, so we started tossing ideas around,??? said Williams. 


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Ali Ro Expands Into Sportswear


Ali Ro is ready to expand. 


Ali Ro will add sportswear to its mix. Photo by Courtesy Photo

The two-year-old contemporary dress brand, owned and operated by brand president Kathleen McFeeters (who also owns the Donna Morgan label), is expanding its mix for spring to include a full range of sportswear. 

???When we launched the line, we always intended for it to be a full collection, but at the time we were in a dress cycle and even the sportswear departments were flooded with dresses,??? McFeeters said. ???We added some separates here and there, but now this is a true full collection for spring.??? 

The spring lineup includes a wide variety of items, including silk blouses with rosette details, solid cotton and printed silk shorts, silk and linen jumpers, boyfriend blazers with cuffed sleeves, a range of skirts and still a large selection of dresses, from a sequin silk tank dress to a brightly printed sundress. The collection wholesales from $79 for a top to $170 for a jacket. 

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Fashion’s Night Out Rescheduled


Next year??™s Fashion??™s Night Out has been rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 10, instead of Sept. 9. 

The change was revealed Wednesday by the organizers, which include the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Vogue and NYC & Company, the city??™s marketing, tourism and partnerships organization. 

The schedule switch was made so Fashion??™s Night Out would not be held during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and to maximize local consumer and tourist participation by holding the event on a weekend evening. The organizers also said they will work closely with the fashion industry to ensure the change in date will not disrupt the ongoing trade activities of fashion week and the shows during that time. 

The first Fashion??™s Night Out was held this past Sept. 10 and was successful in getting crowds out to hundreds of stores in New York City, which stayed open late for designer and celebrity appearances, live windows, musical performances, book signings, and to sell merchandise. Fashion??™s Night Out was also held in several major cities around the world and will next year again go global. 

But while the traffic was strong, many retailers felt people were much busier partying than shopping. However, for the second Fashion??™s Night Out, it??™s expected more incentives to shop will be added. A fashion show of fall 2010 styles for consumers is being considered as well.

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Fashion Scoops: Stella’s Gap Encore…

STELLA??™S ENCORE FOR GAP: Stella McCartney will create a second collection for GapKids and Baby Gap following the success of the first, which debuted earlier this month, WWD has learned. Later today, Gap Inc. plans to reveal McCartney will produce a spring collection for the retailer that will debut in March. Bestsellers from the winter collection include the Miller naval jacket, named after the designer??™s eldest son, Miller Alasdhair James Willis. McCartney had originally signed on for just one season with Gap.

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Posted Nov 19 2009 in Uncategorized

Linea Pelle Pop-up Shop at Henri Bendel’s


Southern California Lifestyle Brand Opens Temporary Retail Space To Celebrate the Holidays

Linea Pelle, the Southern California lifestyle brand known for its custom craftsmanship and washed Italian leather handbags, belts and small leather goods, has opened a ???pop-up??? retail store at the famed New York City store Henri Bendel to celebrate the holiday season. 

The Linea Pelle pop-up store, located on the third floor of Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Avenue, New York), just opened and will close its doors on Thursday, December 31.  Open seven days a week during Henri Bendel hours ??“ 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday ??“ the store showcases the quality, value and on-trend designs that have distinguished Linea Pelle for nearly three decades.

A one-stop shopping destination for all things Linea Pelle, merchandise includes washed Italian leather handbags including Vanessa bags in muted colors of pewter metallic, sterling gray, dark chestnut and black, in a large Hobo and Fringed cross body clutch with hand lacing, braiding and fringe detail (retail price ranging from $250-$495).  Additional bags being sold include the Dylan Bowler style as well as the iconic Dylan handbags in colors such as  scotch, violet, teak & black as well as pops of parrot green, hibiscus pink, sand & azure blue. Items available only at Bendel will also be featured including the popular Lola Tote in Black, as well as the limited-edition Dylan Denim railroad Stripe Messenger Bags.

Linea Pelle??™s signature belts are available in beautiful seasonal color palates featuring iconic studs, embellished straps in gold and silver finishes.  Both waist, hip and jean belts are being sold with hand crafted details such as lacing and embossing.  Also available are small leather goods including cosmetic bags and wallets.  The casual leather studded bracelets are also for purchase starting at $25 for a skinny studded stackable to $65-$75 for a wide multi strap cuff. Bracelets will also be on the main floor atrium during Bendel??™s ???Around The Wrist??? concept.

???Henri Bendel is a great New York location for Linea Pelle to have a pop-up shop for the holidays.  As a shopping institution, they have long stood for excellence and quality, which we consider the hallmarks of our brand,??? says Meira K. Anzaruth, founder & CEO of Linea Pelle. ???We see pop-ups as an important component of the future of retail.  It??™s a great way to build and enhance our casual lifestyle brand.???

Adds VP/creative director Andrew Cotton, ???This is a great platform for Linea Pelle to move into a holiday shop concept. We will offer our holiday and resort belts, handbags, small leather goods and bracelets as well as some exclusive Bendel holiday product. We are thrilled to be part of Bendel??™s new shop-within-a-shop concept.???

Distinguished by custom craftsmanship, and hand crafted from washed Italian leathers, Linea Pelle is internationally recognized for producing some of the finest leather belts and handbags in the fashion industry.  Its unique aesthetic is infused with the casual chic lifestyle sensibility of Southern California. The LP Collection??™s artisan leather in gorgeous color palettes for each season is complemented by solid-brass hardware along with novelty detailing such as studs, braids and other embellishments. The results are handbags and belts with a unique vintage look reflected in every piece and style.  Expanding from its signature belts and handbags, LP has expanded into wallets, coin purses, and jewelry. LP Collection is sold worldwide and has become a favorite among Hollywood celebrities, stylists and trend setters.  For more information please go to

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Posted Nov 19 2009 in Denim Buys » Store Openings

From farm field to cotton mill: The making of America’s denim

Dear Denim Therapy Readers,

I wanted to share this article posted on CNN October 30, 2009, in case you haven’t already read it. It’s an interesting look at how American denim is made from the farm field to the cotton mill. A sobering reality that the heritage of denim making is dying in America due to cheaper labor abroad.


–Nikki Cho Russo


From farm field to cotton mill: The making of America’s denim

By Wayne Drash, CNN

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Trion, Georgia (CNN) — Christopher Wolfe has a Tough As Nails, I Love America attitude. His pride swells along with his tattooed biceps. He’s a dying breed, a blue-collar American working on a product as American as apple pie.

Blue jeans.

“This is our lifeline,” Wolfe says.

Those jeans you squeezed into this morning? It’s likely they began right here at Mount Vernon Mills, one of the last functioning cotton mills in America and the nation’s No. 1 producer of denim.

In a tiny enclave of northwest Georgia, Wolfe and 1,200 of his colleagues churn out enough denim per week for 800,000 pairs of blue jeans.

Most U.S. mills shut down years ago, unable to compete with cheap overseas labor. And in another sign of the global economy, the fabric woven here is rarely sent to American plants to be turned into jeans. Instead, the fabric is shipped mostly to factories in Mexico. The jeans then carry labels that read “Made in Mexico of U.S. fabric.”

Blame NAFTA. Blame outsourcing. Blame corporate greed for the selling out of America’s manufacturing soul.

“I’d rather see people over here work, instead of struggling — instead of giving somebody in another country a chance to make money that [Americans] should be making,” says Wolfe, 31.

He’s got a scar across his forehead, a shaved head and goatee. Like a pair of well-worn blue jeans, he’s rough and tough.

Some workers here are second- and third-generation employees, following in the footsteps of their fathers, mothers and grandparents. Wolfe’s dad and brother work at the mill.

You can see the pride in their faces: Made in U.S.A., baby. “We contribute a lot to America,” Wolfe says with a smile.

He’s a father of four young daughters. He makes about $9 an hour. He toils for them, for his little girls, so they can have a better a life.

“This mill here,” he says, “it feeds my family.”

It has been in existence since 1845, when slaves handpicked cotton in the South. Back then, mill workers spun the cotton into fabric and shipped it to factories in the North.

It’s said Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman came through Trion, Georgia, during the Civil War and decided not to burn the factory down. The reason remains town lore. Some speculate the Union general might’ve been treated to the charms of Southern hospitality at the local hotel (wink, wink).

What’s a good Southern tale without — dare we say it? — some yarnspinning.

“Boss Man” who fights for workers

Inside, you can’t help but marvel at the scene around you. Hundreds of spools of thread churn all at once, with computer-like precision. There’s a million-square-feet of manufacturing space, much of it Canadian rock maple hardwood floors. It’s clean with a brilliant shine. Thread shoots every which way, as if Spider-Man came through.

We make the Wrangler rodeo cowboy jeans that all the rodeo guys still wear.  –Don Henderson

The sweet, distinct smell of cotton permeates the mill — like that of nature in a hardwood forest, with the faint hint of a wet Labrador retriever.

When you walk through with general manager Don Henderson, the workers pause. They glance at “Boss Man”. Many stroll over to shake his hand. How you doing? Everything, OK?

Henderson is one reason this place is still in business, on American soil. He has an aww-shucks attitude. He’ll tell you it’s those men and women out there on the floor that keep it going. He’s got pride in the plant, in his workers and in his family.

His father worked for 39 years in the spinning department. His brother retired from the plant after 42 years, having started when he was 16 and eventually making his way into management.

“If I had the ultimate say-so, we would be right here for the next 100 years,” says Henderson, 64, who has worked in the plant for 40 years.

While the nation’s manufacturing base has shrunk, Mount Vernon Mills is a rare exception. The tiny town of Trion — pronounced Try-On, as in “our residents always ‘try on,'” 78-year-old Mayor Benny Perry says — has a staggeringly large annual budget for such a small town. Its $12 million, mostly from taxes the mill pays, provides a state-of-the-art public school, park space and athletic fields.

If the mill shuttered, “it would destroy the town,” Perry says.

In its heydey, the mill had 5,000 workers in the 1940s and 1950s. The company owned everything in town back then, from the tiny mill houses that surround the plant to the town hospital where Henderson and many of his co-workers were born.

As a result, Trion doesn’t have a quaint town square. The mill is the centerpiece.

About two years ago, when the nation’s recession hit hard, the plant had to layoff about 200 workers. “It was awful,” Henderson says.

To save as many jobs as possible and to maximize efficiency, the plant switched to two, 12-hour shifts. That’s down from three shifts, five days a week.

The denim for jeans goes to companies as wide-ranging as Wal-Mart to JCPenney to Dickies to Polo and other high-priced brands. Henderson’s most proud of the mill’s ties to cowboys.

“We make the Wrangler rodeo cowboy jeans that all the rodeo guys still wear,” he says. “We make the fabric right here and have been for — gosh — 30 years.”

Henderson holds up one roll of distressed fabric that’s nearly ready to be shipped. It’s denim that once was used for lower-end clothing. But yuppies like the look. Henderson chuckles and shakes his head.

Martha Teague is 63 and has worked in the mill for the past 35 years. She says other company towns had bosses that sold them out, that cared more about the dollar than its people.

“It just gives me a good feeling to be a part of that family of Mount Vernon Mills,” says Teague, who has a son working at the plant.

“It has educated my children and gives us a house and everything we have really.”

Wolfe wheels 13,000 yards of yarn into the dimly lit “ballroom.” It’s placed among a heap of others. “We’re lucky to have what we got. Other small towns, they don’t have that.”

He turns and walks away in the orange glow of the ballroom.

You want to know a secret? A $12 pair of jeans often comes from the same roll of denim as a $150 designer pair.


Posted Nov 18 2009 in Uncategorized

Couture Candy: 20% off all sales items until 11.22!



–Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Nov 18 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires: Glam Rock with a Sequin Jacket!

For this season’s holiday parties, or just to put a little sparkle into your wardrobe, try a sequined blazer for some dazzling added pop!  There are plenty to choose from for all budgets.  


Today’s Denim Picks:






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1) Anlo Ella Studded Skinny Jeans, $242.00

A great pair of jeans with edgy studs on the back pockets.  A little added embellishment under a great sequined blazer.

Shop Anlo @ Shopbop

2) Current Elliott Denim Legging in Jet Black, $176.00

The perfect partner to the sequined jacket for a sleek sexy look.

Shop Current/Elliott @ Singer22

3) Forever21 Elastic Waist Skinny Jeans, $15.50

Simple chic and cheap!  Enough said.

Shop Forever21


7-for-all-mankind-plated-sequin-jacket7 For All Mankind Plated Sequin Blazer, $495.00 

7 For all Mankind has proven that not only do they do denim superbly, they also have a fantastic collection of apparel, shoes and bags. his plated sequin blazer will add some glam rock to a pair of skinny jeans, a body-con dress or a short-full skirt.

Shop 7 For All Mankind










isabel-lu-sequin-blazerIsabel Lu Sequin Blazer, $253.00

This fresh take on a tuxedo style sequined blazer has a modern loose silhouette with a shawl-lapel and peaked hem. Pair them up with sleek fitting jeans, leggings or mini-skirt.

Shop Isabel Lu @ Nordstrom












sequin-lapel-tweed-blazerAKA New York Sequin Lapel Tweed Blazer, $309.00   

If full on sequins are not for you, here’s a more sophisticated take on a black and white tweed blazer. It gets roughed up with unraveling along its sleeve cuffs and bottom hem and charcoal sequins along its wide lapel gives it a bit of shine.  Try them with skinny black jeans, leggings or for a more lady-like look, a black tweed pencil skirt.

Shop AKA New York @ Intermix









silence-noise-sequin-blazerSilence & Noise Sequin Blazer, $98.00

Silence & Noise continue to offer affordable and chic apparel that makes any gal look good.  This fitted blazer is cut long and trimmed with a single button closure. Topped with allover sequins for tons of pizzazz. 

Shop Silence & Noise @ UrbanOutfitters











hm-sequin-jacketH&M Sequin Jacket, $40.00

Who says you need a lot of money to be fashionably fabulous? This great cropped sequin jacket is both chic and a bargain!

Shop H&M






–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Nov 17 2009 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

WWD News: Jimmy Choo H&M Line Draws Crowds, Zero + Maria Cornejo Branching Into Men’s Wear, Levi’s, Jones Top Customer Survey

Although I didn’t have a chance to get to an H&M that carries, or shall I say carried (they sold out almost instantly), the Jimmy Choo line for H&M this past weekend, I hope some of you did and snatched up some goods!  It was world wide mayhem marking the biggest successful collaboration sale for H&M that concentrated more on accessories than clothing.

At Maria Cornejo’s SS2010 fashion show during fashion week this past September, I wanted everything!  I knew Cornejo was bound to start a men’s wear collection from the few pieces that she showed and now it is confirmed.  Cornejo will launch a men??™s capsule collection for spring exclusively at its boutiques and Project No. 8 in New York, followed by a full collection for fall. My husband doesn’t know how lucky he will be to have her clothing in his wardrobe!

Read highlighted articles from today’s WWD below.

–Nikki Cho Russo


Jimmy Choo H&M Line Draws Crowds


jimmy-chooThe Jimmy Choo for H&M collection of accessories and apparel made its debut over the weekend with long lines at the 200 stores worldwide that carried the line.

A crowd of 1,000 waited outside H&M??™s Piazza San Babila store in Milan in the rain Saturday, many since 2 a.m.; more than 800 people waited as long as 24 hours for the doors to H&M??™s new Shinjuku, Tokyo, unit to open and a few even came with suitcases, and 500 people began waiting outside the Fifth Avenue flagship in New York at 8 p.m. Friday night. By dawn, the line snaked around the corner of West 51st Street to the Avenue of the Americas ??” the longest it??™s ever been, the company said.

Five stores in Manhattan carried the Jimmy Choo collection. In addition to the Fifth Avenue store, units at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street, Herald Square, Penn Station, and 86th Street and Lexington Avenue offered the collection. The most expensive items, including above-the-knee leather boots for $299 and a leather and suede one-shoulder dress, $249, sold out almost immediately. 

H&M tried some new strategies for the launch. The first VIP shopping event was held on Friday evening in various stores to accommodate ???friends of H&M.??? Unveiling the collection on Saturday, another first, ???allowed a greater number of consumers access and streamlined the shopping experience for all,??? said Jennifer Uglialoro, an H&M spokeswoman. Given the anticipation for the launch, a wristband queuing system was used to limit customers to 10 minutes while shopping for shoes, bags and accessories. Consumers were also limited to one piece per style of items from the collection. 

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Zero + Maria Cornejo Branching Into Men’s Wear


maria-cornejoZero + Maria Cornejo didn??™t show four men??™s looks on the runway in September for nothing. The designer label will launch a men??™s capsule collection for spring exclusively at its boutiques and Project No. 8 in New York, followed by a full collection for fall that will be wholesaled. 

???People kept asking for it,??? said Maria Cornejo. ???I have two male designers, a son who??™s very fashionable and a husband. I love men??™s clothes and I love androgyny.??? Her signature pieces, translated for men, are the basis of the line, which includes a ???concave??? rain jacket, a double-layered shirt in textured cotton, a seamless shirt in jersey and black tailored pants cut on the bias. 

???In men??™s we can embrace shapes that we??™ve done before, like the boy jacket, the boy shirt. Our classics. It will still have my way of cutting things, but in men??™s fabrics,??? Cornejo said. 

There will be collared cotton shirts, oversize cotton knits, cotton fleece blazers, washed polyester drop pants and drawstring shorts in spring wool. 

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Levi’s, Jones Top Customer Survey


Tried-and-true brands ??” comforting to a recession-worn public ??” were the most sought after by shoppers in the third quarter, including Levi Strauss, which shot up from last place a year ago to become a top-rated apparel player, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Joining Levi??™s as number one in the apparel category was Jones Apparel (in a tie) and, in other categories, Cadillac and Lexus (a tie), Anheuser-Busch and Heinz, among others in the 15-year-old index, a measure of brands bought most often by U.S. consumers. 

???Levi??™s has usually not done well in this index; it??™s usually been at the very bottom of the apparel category,??? said Claes Fornell, founder of the index and Donald C. Cook professor of business administration at the University of Michigan. ???Consumers perceive the quality of Levi??™s as being much better than last year.???

The response to Levi Strauss put it at 83 on the customer satisfaction meter, up 6.4 percent from 78 a year ago. That??™s just below Levi??™s all-time high of 84 in 1994 ??” and the first time the brand has held that much appeal for the 100,000 people polled annually about their buying habits in the 15 years since then. The satisfaction index is pegged to a baseline of 100.

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Posted Nov 17 2009 in Uncategorized
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