Diesel’s Rosso Looks to Fresh Approaches
MILAN ??” Change is gaining momentum at Diesel.
Starting with the spring season, chairman Renzo Rosso said Diesel will be available at 50 Macy??™s doors ??” returning to the retailer after a four-year absence. A new chief executive officer and a new creative director could be selected in the next few weeks, and for the first time the premium denim and streetwear company will exhibit at the international trade show Bread & Butter in Berlin in January, where it will unveil a shop-in-shop concept planned to roll out globally next year. In addition, there will be to a runway show of the brand??™s fall men??™s and women??™s collections on Jan. 20.
???We think this will be a good window for us,??? Rosso told WWD.
???This is our first creative project applied to multibrand distribution,??? he said of the shop-in-shop concept. It will be ???warm, understated and rock??? ??” resembling a stage.
After the exit last week of Steve Birkhold as ceo of Diesel USA to become ceo of Devanlay U.S. Inc., the licensee for Lacoste apparel, Rosso said the company??™s U.S. branch ???is very solid??? and reiterated his commitment to that market.
Conceding it was ???a tough moment??? in the U.S. because of the recession, Rosso said Diesel has grown almost 2 percent this year in the country, adding he expected double-digit gains in 2010. Diesel will continue investing in the U.S. and has earmarked an increase in Diesel??™s communication budget for the U.S. of 7 to 10 percent next year.
Rosso said investments made in 2009, such as the opening of Diesel??™s 20,000-square-foot flagship on New York??™s Fifth Avenue, doubling the brand??™s space in Miami and the relocation of stores in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., will help support growth next year. Sales in the U.S. totaled 200 million euros, or $298.3 million at current exchange, in 2009 and accounted for about 15 percent of the brand??™s total revenues.
???I grew up with the American dream, and I will continue to believe in the U.S.,??? Rosso said.
In an interview with WWD in late October, Birkhold said denim sales were down in the single digits this year, and fashion apparel shrank in the double digits. These declines were partly offset by strength in the footwear, accessories and underwear businesses, which offer a lower price point entry to the Diesel brand. Diesel has emphasized expanding its offerings in lower price ranges, with some jeans selling for $110.
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Posted TUESDAY JUNE 23, 2009
From WWD ISSUE 06/24/2009
Marc Jacobs men??™s wear could make its debut on the Milan runway next season, according to Renzo Rosso, whose Staff International recently added the label to its license portfolio. ???We??™re thinking about it,??? Rosso said on the sidelines of the Dsquared show Monday. ???A name like that merits importance.??? Joining him on the front row at Dan and Dean Caten??™s camping-inspired extravaganza was Halle Berry??™s beau, model Gabriel Aubry, who said he was supporting ???fellow Canadians.???
LL Cool J at M2
FASHION MOVERS: More than 600 people filled the Meatpacking District hot spot M2 Thursday night to recognize five industry executives on the forefront of the eco-friendly fashion movement. Hosted by Fashion Delivers, the event??™s honorees included Wes Card, chief executive of Jones Apparel Group; Franke Rodriguez, brand director of I/denti/tee; Sally Fowler and Jessica Moment, co-founders of San Francisco boutique Philanthropist; Chlo?© Jo Berman, founder of Girliegirl Army, and eco-minded designer Linda Loudermilk. The altruism particularly touched LL Cool J, who hosted the event, which raised $22,000 for the charity. ???When I heard about this organization being started back in 2005 and them helping people that were suffering in Katrina and everybody that was devastated by that event, I thought it sounded like a really great thing to get involved with,??? he said. The event also drew in designer Rachel Roy, who wore a dress from her new secondary line Rachel Rachel Roy, which is slated to launch with a fall collection in August.
–Nikki Cho Russo
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