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Personalize Your Jeans With This Denim DIY Project

Anthro Blog posted a cool way to personalize your denim this winter, using either thick thread hand stitching or fabric paint and stencil. We love the idea of adding a personal touch to our favorite baby blues. Check out the whole DIY.


Of course, if you want this effect without the work, you can send your jeans to use and use our awesome monogramming service!

—DT Staff

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Posted Jan 29 2014 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

Denim Finds: Spring into Denim

Spring is in the air and your favorite fabric transforms shoes, handbags and jewelry into trendsetting must-have items for this season.

Joie Turn Me Loose Sandals

Joie Turn Me Loose Sandal, $245.00

Who knew gladiators could look so chic in denim.  This stud muffin will keep you in fighting style.

Joie @ Neiman Marcus

Tory Burch Denim Flats

Tory Burch “Perry” Denim Logo Flats, $250.00

Burch’s iconic flats go casual chic in denim.

Tory Burch @ Bloomingdales

Rebel Tote

Rebel Tote, $318.00

Washed-out denim with studded leather straps that lend a bit of edgy cool to all of your daily errands.

Rebel @ Anthropologie

Mulberry Bayswater Bag

Mulberry Bayswater Washed Denim Bag, $995.00

For the downtown girl that wants an edgy, fresh, and chic structured uptown kind of bag.  She’ll find it in a classic Mulberry in quilted light washed denim and leather.


Ted Rossi Denim Bangles

Ted Rossi Denim Bangles, $138 – $158

Rossi goes denim with his signature bangles!  Mix them up with his snake skin bangles for a bohemian clash of the titans.

Henri Bendel, 800.H.BENDEL

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 08 2010 in Denim Fashion

WWD News: The Limelight Reborn as a Retail Center, Tom Ford to Launch Women’s ‘Very Soon’, Anthropologie Opens First European Store Friday

Three huge stories today from WWD.

The phoenix is rising for the Limelight, but not as a thumping club venue, but as a retail center. How can I forget the many late nights dancing away at the Limelight in the late 80’s and early 90’s?  The last dj I heard there was Tall Pall. It will certainly be interesting to walk around the interiors once renovation has been done and it is open to the public.  I wonder if they will have caged dancers as a little homage to the once vivacious Limelight?

Tom Ford, the sole man that brought sexy back for the House of Gucci, will be entering the women’s wear arena once again. Now that he has as movie under his belt, fragrances, sunglasses and a men’s wear line, he will be building his fashion empire with no doubt an ultra luxe and sexy women’s wear collection.  I can’t wait to see his first collection preview!  

Now the Brits can enjoy the bohemian chic of Anthropologie, which will be just a few stones throw away from their houses.  They’ve opened their first European flagship store in London.


The Limelight Reborn as a Retail Center


From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009

Rendering of Limelight

Rendering of Limelight


NEW YORK ??” The Limelight Marketplace could be one man??™s brilliant idea ??” or misguided folly. 

That man is Jack Menashe, president of Limelight Marketplace, who is overseeing the $10 million renovation designed by James Mansour. Menashe said he expects the 25,000-square-foot facility to do $50 million in sales volume in the first year. An opening is planned for March. 

Built in the mid-1800s, the landmark Gothic Revival-style Episcopal Church on West 20th Street and Sixth Avenue became a nightclub in 1983. At the height of its popularity, the Limelight attracted celebrities, wannabees, club kids and young professionals. The club was repeatedly closed by police, then briefly reopened, before finally closing in 2007. 

The Limelight??™s next incarnation will be a marketplace with more than 70 shops, eateries and cafes, and two full-fledged restaurants. 

Menashe, who owned Lounge in SoHo until it closed in January, is a retail showman. At Lounge, he sold Swarovski-encrusted hoodies and embellished jeans. There was a wall of rock ??™n??™ roll memorabilia and a restaurant that served food until 4 a.m. 

While Lounge had a clubby atmosphere with dark walls and scuffed wood floors, Limelight Marketplace will be bright and colorful with lots of bold signage. 

???I tried to make the building feel much smaller and make it feel accessible,??? Menashe said. ???The building is like a big old haunted house. We envision families coming and spending three to four hours here.??? 

But with an edgy sneaker gallery and apothecary selling cult brands, the Limelight Marketplace is geared toward savvy shoppers. ???Retail became very boring,??? Menashe said. ???We??™re trying to make this fun.??? 

Standing on the second floor amid and the hum of construction work, Menashe said, ???I was looking for an opportunity to do something like this. This is a very complicated building. People said I was crazy.???

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Tom Ford to Launch Women’s ‘Very Soon’


From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009


Tom Ford in Tokyo. Photo By Akiko Sameshima

TOKYO ??” Tom Ford is getting ready for his return to women??™s wear ??” the only question now is when. 

The designer, and now film director, finally acknowledged on the record he??™s returning to the women??™s arena and confirmed he and his longtime business partner and Tom Ford International chairman Domenico De Sole are on the hunt for financing. 

Ford, in town to promote his new film, ???A Single Man,??? and make a personal appearance at his new men??™s shop in the Isetan department store, said he plans to launch the Tom Ford brand??™s first women??™s collection ???very soon,??? although he declined to specify a date. Sources told WWD earlier this month that, depending on financing, Ford was eyeing a launch of a women??™s line as early as fall 2010.

???Financing is extremely expensive right now, so if we find financing in the right situation we??™ll be able to start [a women??™s collection] soon. If we don??™t, we may have to wait a while,??? Gucci??™s former creative director told WWD in an interview from a 50th floor suite of the Park Hyatt Hotel with an expansive view of the city skyline.

???You know it will take me 18 months when I start, because [I have] to hire the team, find the factories, put everything together and then get the stores ready so there??™s a place for these clothes,??? said Ford as he sipped a Coke Zero to overcome his jet lag.

Recent reports estimate Ford and De Sole are seeking $50 million or more to fund a women??™s collection and that Credit Suisse is leading the process. De Sole, who is also in Tokyo, declined to discuss the financials of the privately held company except to state that Ford??™s stores in Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul are performing strongly.

???We have the advantage of being a younger brand that??™s in a growing mode,??? De Sole said. 

Ford contended his men??™s wear label is outpacing most of its competitors in the recession and he??™s optimistic the luxury goods market is on its way to recovery. 

???Things are getting better every day in most places,??? Ford said, clad in a black suit and a white shirt. ???So I??™m optimistic and this is something that I plan on doing for the next 30 years of my life, so if I have to wait another six months or a year [to launch women??™s], it??™s OK.???

In the meantime, Ford is holding court with his fans here in Tokyo. On Tuesday evening, he made quite an entrance at Isetan, turning up in a black Mercedes and posing as a crowd snapped photos of him with their cell phones. He then made his way upstairs to his recently opened shop-in-shop, where he autographed boxes of his fragrance.

The Isetan shop-in-shop, which opened in September, is Ford??™s first store in Tokyo and his second in Japan. The designer said he hopes to open a freestanding store in Tokyo as soon as he finds a suitable location.

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Anthropologie Opens First European Store Friday


From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009


View of the new Anthropologie store in London. Photo by Marcus Dawes

LONDON ??” Anthropologie will plant its first flag in Europe on Friday with the launch of a 10,000-square-foot clothing, accessories and homeware emporium on Regent Street, halfway between Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. 

The bright and airy store, with soaring ceilings, central skylights and white oak flooring, spans three levels and features a 50-foot-high wall of evergreen plants fed by rainwater that??™s been collected on the roof. 

The centerpiece of the space, which used to house a Wedgwood store, is a 50-ton glass, textured concrete and metal staircase that??™s meant to echo those of England??™s grand country homes and town houses. 

In the spirit of Anthropologie, a division of the Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters Inc., there is a mix of locally sourced and imported merchandise ??” and artwork ??” from the U.S., South Africa and continental Europe. 

???London is an amazing opportunity for the brand, which we think looks at life in a slightly different way,??? said James Bidwell, Anthropologie??™s managing director for Europe. 

The store will be the first of its kind on the street, which is dominated by big international brands such as Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers and Aquascutum, and fashion retail chains including Zara, Gap and French Connection. 

???We??™re not about fast fashion, and we see ourselves as appealing to customers who are creative, artistic and well-traveled,??? Bidwell added. 

George Wallace, head of retail strategy and commercial due diligence at MHE Retail, a London-based consultancy, said the concept is ???fun, well-executed, well thought-out, with an attractive product offer.??? He added, however, that the timing is not ideal. 

???This kind of store works a lot better when the money is free flowing. Right now, people are not in the mood to say, ???Oh I think I??™ll have that lovely jug or plate.??™ And that might soften the launch. But they are in it for the long game,??? so that??™s only a temporary issue, he said. 

Bidwell said he sees the Regent Street store as ???an introduction??? to the brand, which will also open a 10,000-square-foot unit on London??™s King??™s Road in the spring. Also in the spring, Anthropologie will unveil a Web site that will service the U.K. and continental Europe. 

The two London units ??” and the site ??” are just the beginning for Anthropologie. In August, Glen Senk, chief executive officer of Urban Outfitters, said the company is planning to roll out a minimum of 100 Urban and Anthropologie stores in Europe.

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–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Oct 21 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Balmain Builds on Its Strengths, Dockers Aims to Revitalize Khakis, Streaming Louis Vuitton… Blue Clues…,Anthropologie on TV…

Balmain Builds on Its Strengths

by Katya Foreman

From WWD ISSUE 10/01/2009


Christophe Decarnin (Photo by Stephane Fuegere)

Take Balmain??™s Christophe Decarnin, whose trademark peaked jackets and fiercely sexy minidresses have catapulted him and the French label to new heights, with its show today one of the hottest of the week. 

Now, the privately held company is working behind the scenes to bring the business in line with the buzz around the name ??” what some have even dubbed ???Balmania.??? 

Next month, Balmain??™s two-story flagship on the Rue Fran?§ois 1er will be shuttered for two months for a top-to-bottom renovation. And chairman and chief executive Alain Hivelin is reviewing the Paris house??™s network of licenses, guiding certain partners in line with Decarnin??™s rock ??™n??™ roll aesthetic, and phasing out those who don??™t cut the mustard. 

The brand signed a women??™s footwear license with Giuseppe Zanotti, effective since the spring 2009 season, which grew out of a runway collaboration stretching back to Decarnin??™s first show in 2006. A men??™s shoe line could be added soon. New for next season is a capsule eyewear collection developed with Oliver Peoples. 

In total, Balmain has around 20 licenses in Asia and the Middle East, including scarves, small leather goods, ties and men??™s tailoring. In an interview, Hivelin, who became the house??™s main shareholder in July 2005, declined to give sales figures, but said Balmain has been profitable since 2005 and logged total annual sales growth of around 60 percent the last three years. 

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Dockers Aims to Revitalize Khakis


From WWD ISSUE 10/01/2009

The brand??™s new colored soft khaki program

The Levi Strauss & Co.-owned brand, whose classic chinos debuted in 1986 and became the unofficial pant of casual Fridays in the Nineties, is betting the renewed focus on its heritage business will not only stanch slumping sales but also redefine how male consumers wear and think about khakis. 

???The brand is going back to focusing on what we do best: khaki pants for men,??? said Jim Calhoun, president of Dockers. ???Our global team is working hard to make men love their khakis again. The task is big. We??™ve got to turn around a declining category ??” but as the leader, we??™re the only brand for the job.??? 

Dockers continues to be the top selling casual pants brand in the U.S. but receipts have slumped in recent years. Levi Strauss does not break out sales for the brand, but noted in company documents that its performance has been ???disappointing??? in recent years. Dockers products, which include men??™s and women??™s bottoms, tops and a range of licensed categories, accounted for 21 percent of Levi Strauss net sales in 2006 and only 18 percent of total net sales, or about $792 million, in 2008. 

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Streaming Louis Vuitton… Blue Clues…



by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 10/01/2009

jeremy-scott-and-giled-deaconTHE ENGLISH ARE COMING: ???It was Worth, an Englishman, who created couture in France,???Pierre Berg?© declared Tuesday night in Paris, as he presented an award as president of France??™s National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts to Giles Deacon, the second British designer in a row to win the accolade. Thanks to a grant of 160,000 euros, or $233,470 at current exchange, Deacon is staging his spring fashion show in Paris on Oct. 8. ???It??™s a huge honor for me,??? said Deacon. ???Hopefully it??™s going to be a great season.??? Fellow Brit Gareth Pugh won the accolade in 2008. Jeremy Scott was among the guests at the 20th-anniversary award ceremony, before flying back to Los Angeles to work on his new Adidas collection. Scott said he has also designed a special edition bag for French luxury goods company Longchamp to celebrate the association??™s anniversary.

LIVE WIRE: Louis Vuitton is courting its online fans and giving them a virtual front-row seat at its next fashion show. The French luxury house said it would stream its women??™s ready-to-wear show on its Facebook page on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. CEST. Viewers will be able to comment on the show as it happens. Following the event, footage of the show will be available on demand for 24 hours. Vuitton, which created its Facebook account in July, claims to have been the first luxury brand to take to tweeting.

BLUE CLUES: Jeans on the Hussein Chalayan runway? What a concept. The London-based designer plans to carry on with his collaboration with J Brand for a second season and present styles on the runway at his show on Sunday. The expanded collection for spring includes stretch capri leggings, loose-fit chinos and city shorts.

WYCLEF??™s NEW SHOES: Timberland and Wyclef Jean are making music together. The apparel and footwear company partnered with the Grammy Award-winning musician and his Y?©le Haiti Foundation to inspire consumers to take action in protecting the environment. The pair collaborated on a 16-boot footwear collection for men, women and children, slated to launch in late November under the Timberland Earthkeepers line. For every pair sold, $2 will be donated to the Y?©le Haiti Foundation to support reforestation in Haiti. Jean will celebrate the collection tonight at WNYC??™s the Greene Space in New York.

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Memo Pad: Anthropologie on TV…

by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 10/01/2009

IN THE HUNT: Inspiration first struck producerFenton Bailey walking past an Anthropologie store with his producing partner; the two casually remarked what a great basis it would make for a television show. The very next day, Bailey read a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer about Keith Johnson, the globetrotting buyer at large for the stores, and he knew he had his concept. 

The result was ???Man Shops Globe,??? an eight-episode series premiering on the Sundance Channel on Oct. 7, following Johnson??™s eye at flea markets and artisans in France, Turkey and South Africa, among others. At a launch party at Anthropologie??™s Rockefeller Plaza store Tuesday night, Glen Senk, chief executive officer of the retailer??™s parent, Urban Outfitters Inc., said getting there meant getting assurances the project wouldn??™t undermine the brand??™s integrity. ???We had been contacted many times,??? he said, ???but we had an instant connection with the team,??? including directorJeremy Simmons. Senk described Johnson, who is also his longtime companion, as ???shy ??” not a reality TV person. It was insightful for them to see what the show could be.??? 

Said Johnson, ???I??™ve been doing this for so long, it actually gave me a little bit more energy. I saw the world through Jeremy??™s eyes.??? 

???Man Shops Globe??? has already been picked up for another season, which begins filming shortly. 

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Oct 01 2009 in Uncategorized

NY Mag – The cut: Sales & Events

Tomorrow??™s Events and Sales: Brooklyn Flea at Madewell; Discounts at Derek Lam

??? Custom and ready-made jewelry boutique Linhardt Design Studio celebrates its one-year anniversary. 156 First Ave., nr. 9th St. (917-748-9000); 6??“9.

??? The Madewell stores in Soho and East Hampton are offering a selection of vintage clothing and accessories curated from the Brooklyn Flea. The Soho location is throwing an in-store party, including pupusas from the Red Hook food vendors, Nunu chocolates, Salvatore Bklyn cannolis and cheeses, and Brooklyn Brew Shop’s “Madewell Microbrew.” 486 Broadway St., at Broome St. (212-226-6954); 6??“8.

??? Bijules is hosting an exclusive trunk show of the Rock Collection at Henri Bendel. Pieces range from $180 to $550. Through 6/27. 712 Fifth Ave., nr. 56th St. (212-247-1100); Th??“S (10??“8).

??? Anthropologie exhibits the work of artist, designer, and feminist icon Vera Neumann. RSVP to 50 Rockefeller Plz., nr. 50th St. (212-246-0386); 5??“7.

??? Celebrate the third anniversary of women’s lifestyle network Ladies Lotto at the Tribeca Grand Hotel with an open bar, photo booths, art installations, and special performances. RSVP to 2 Sixth Ave., nr. Walker St. (212-519-6600); 10 p.m.

??? Dresses are 75 percent off and handbags are 50 percent off at IlusThrough 6/29. 248 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St. (646-454-1678); M??“F (noon??“7), S (noon??“6), Su (noon??“5).

??? Shop discounted ruby- and white-sapphire-studded jewelry from Erica Weiner as well as one-of-a-kind samples and vintage overstock items from TG170 at the joint sample sale. Through 6/25. 170 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St. (212-995-8660); 6??“9.

??? Spring 2009 and Resort 2008 essentials are on sale at Derek Lam. A silk tank dress is $550 (originally $1,790). Through 6/26. 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 1750 (212-929-1338); T??“F (10??“6).

??? Lingerie and intimates-inspired clothes are on sale at Only Hearts. A lace shift dress is $75 (originally $132) and a cap-sleeve blouse is now $25 (originally $90). Items from Princesse Tam Tam and Rebecca Minkoff will be on sale as well. Through 6/28. 230 Mott St., nr. Prince St. (212-431-3694); Th??“S (noon??“8), Su (noon??“7).

??? Enjoy deep discounts on vacation essentials at Matta. Cotton wrap dresses are $92, handmade leather sandals are $30, batik silk dresses are $108. 286 Lafayette St., nr. Houston St. (212-343-9399); T??“Th (11:30??“7).

??? Jane Marvel??™s all-purpose bags, messengers, and weekenders are up to 50 percent off. 499 Seventh Ave., at 37th St. (212-380-2225); T??“Th (10??“7).

??? Noir??™s bold, bright jewelry samples are on sale for up to 50 percent off. 350 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., fifth fl. (212-244-4846); T??“Th (10??“7).

??? Savvy & Co. is hosting a Bulga handbag sample sale, offering bags for up to 70 percent off. The sale will also run online at from 6/24 at noon to 6/27 at midnight. 145 W. 18th St., nr. Seventh Ave. (212-388-0339); W (8??“8), Th (10??“8).

??? Roberto Cavalli ready-to-wear and couture are up to 80 percent off. 135 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; T??“Th (11??“8).


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jun 24 2009 in Uncategorized
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