Arnault’s flight plan, Amiri lands in Atlanta, Peruvian Connection appears in New York – WWD
FLIGHT PATHS: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has sold its private jet, and its CEO Bernard Arnault will now lease one if needed.
The French luxury titan made the revelation on Monday in an interview broadcast on Radio Classique, saying that “now no one will know where I’m going”. He and his son Antoine Arnault, head of communications and image at LVMH, had been called in to talk about the fifth edition of the Journées Particulières, the massive event which attracted more than 200,000 visitors to the workshops of 57 houses. luxury goods from LVMH.
Journalist Guillaume Durand tackled the subject of LVMH’s private jet, which became a hot topic this summer in France when Twitter accounts sprung up tracking every takeoff and landing of carbon footprint critic Arnault . Some politicians seized on what they perceived as negative public sentiment and threatened to tax or ban private jets, which many big corporations use as a business tool.
Antoine Arnault noted that this monitoring of accounts was a concern in the face of the group’s competitors: “It’s a question of confidentiality and security.” He noted that the group uses high-speed trains whenever possible, but planes are a necessity to reach some places.
Radio Classique is one of LVMH’s media holdings. — MILES SOCHA
ANOTHER FRIEND: Amiri, the Los Angeles-based luxury brand, continues its retail rollout. The company opened a new location in Atlanta, which spans 4,000 square feet.
Located in the luxury Phipps Plaza shopping mall, the boutique offers men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, as well as the brand’s new line of children’s clothing and accessories. The store will also sell Rizzoli’s new book, “Amiri Wes Lang,” which documents the brand’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection, illuminated by Lang’s artwork.
The store, which opened Oct. 14, marks the company’s fifth U.S. unit and seventh globally. The company has offices in the United States on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, in the Design District of Miami, Las Vegas and New York, as well as international boutiques in Shanghai and Tokyo.
“2022 has been a year of incredible growth for the house. We are thrilled to open our seventh store worldwide in Atlanta. Atlanta plays a big role in nurturing artistic talent,” Mike Amiri, chief executive and creative director, told WWD.
“We look forward to opening Amiri Dubai in December as our third international gateway, and we will open an Amiri Chicago in January 2023,” Amiri added.
The Atlanta boutique was designed by Amiri, in partnership with Parisian design studio Nocod and architecture firm Two One Two Design. Designed in a spirit of openness, the store showcases materials such as natural oak, precious marble and stainless steel, contrasted by warm and soft lounge areas. The boutique is decorated with Californian flora and modernist furnishings, chosen by Amiri in collaboration with interior designer Katherine Waronker, whose signature brand MA [Mike Amiri] studio chair, cast in a mint tone exclusive to the Atlanta boutique. —LISA LOCKWOOD
CONNECTION IS DISPLAYED: Peruvian Connection has opened a pop-up store on Madison Avenue to showcase the capsule collection created with former Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey.
“The collaboration has been an amazing experience for our brand,” said Annie Hurlbut Zander, 45-year-old founder of the Andean textile-inspired fashion label. “The shearlings, the alpaca wrap coat and the loose, oversized sweaters are selling. Knit beanies and leggings are also warm.
So what’s next in the 74-piece collection, which is also sold on pcxgb.com and in the brand’s seven stores? “Nothing happens from next season,” Zander said. “Discussions are ongoing and Glenda continues to work with the Peruvian Connection.”
The pop-up opened Thursday night on Madison between 80th and 81st streets with a crowd including Demi Moore, a friend of Bailey who sported a luxe look from the collection; Scottish actor Alan Cumming, a friend of Moore; Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins; former InStyle editor Laura Brown and fashion writer and blogger Leandra Medine Cohen. It is expected to remain open until December.
The capsule collection, ranging from $88 to $1,450, features alpaca knits, shearling coats and modern silhouettes spanning tops, sweaters, dresses and pants. The majority of the collection was developed in small series with the partners of Tonganoxie, in Kansas, Peruvian Connection in Peru. —DAVID MOIN
ASPEN ATMOSPHERE: Lafayette 148 launched the Aspen 148 collection, which weaves the house codes of luxurious materials and versatility with Aspen’s cold-weather style.
The 40-piece collection includes ski-inspired down jackets, quilted nylon skirts, crystal-clear mohair and cashmere intarsia knits, on-trend ponchos, shearling coats and balaclavas, as well as hats, boots and mittens.
The collection, presented on Monday, is designed to take the customer from the ski chalet to the summit and back again.
Retail prices range from $198 for swimwear to $8,998 for outerwear. The capsule includes a hand-knit Fair Isle poncho in wool and cashmere mohair for $1,498 and a raglan-sleeve sweater in silk mohair for $1,998. Aspen 148 also has a quilted shearling and down collarless vest for $1,998, a wool and cashmere crewneck sweater for $1,298, a reversible double-breasted shearling overcoat for $8,998 and brushed-leather, lug-sole lace-up boots for $898.
The capsule is sold at lafayette148ny.com, as well as the two Lafayette 148 stores in New York (Greene Street and Madison Avenue) and stores in Manhasset, New York; Short Hills, New Jersey; McLean, Virginia and Toronto.
“Aspen’s rich contemporary arts program and alpine lifestyle make it an annual congregation for so many in our community during the holiday season,” said Artistic Director Emily Smith. “The capsule collection is a tribute to this community and the women who live and vacation there, a sartorial celebration of winter escape, whoever you are, whatever you do.”
The capsule is part of the resort 2023 collection. – LL
COLVILLE IN TEXAS: Designers Lucinda Chambers and Molly Malloy touched down in Texas on Wednesday, bringing their handcrafted Colville collection to luxury retailer ByGeorge in Austin.
To mark the cocktail celebration, the designers enlisted artisans to create discs similar to those used to make their cylindrical bags, had them shipped to Austin, and assembled them in a large-scale hanging installation in the store. University of Texas art students were also invited to contribute to the installation and attend the event.
“Giving students the chance to meet Lucinda and Molly, having this kind of opportunity in Austin is so special,” said Laurel Pantin, ByGeorge’s fashion director, who joined the store last year, bringing experience editorial for InStyle, Glamor and Lucky magazines, among others. . “We think there is a lack in retail of that sensibility and sense of discovery and community that Barneys stand for. At Austin, we believe there is a chance to create that.
“We brought Colville for Spring 2022 and we love the sustainability aspect. A lot of the brands we work with are sustainable in one form or another…and then the feminine component that we found compelling, and the clothes themselves,” added Pantin, who grew up in Austin.
“The creative collaboration with ByGeorge has been amazing from the start,” said Malloy, a Marni veteran who created Colville in 2018 with former British fashion director Vogue Chambers. Creating in Milan, the two work with women’s social projects from Dakar to Colombia to Morocco, reusing and repackaging clothes and home accessories with a colorful and artisanal spirit.
“Customers seemed super smart, really ready to try a brand new to them. And the response was absolutely overwhelming. They reacted to the color, the cuts, the prints,” said Chambers, who was in Austin for the first time.
Building a fashion community is a natural progression for the store, which has been around since 1979, said ByGeorge president Molly Nutter, a former Barneys New York buyer.
“Katy Colmo, who made the store what it is today, was also her mission. So when I stepped into the role it was a dream because it went back to my roots at Barneys and picked up where they left off,” Nutter said, recalling Opening Ceremony, Bird and other institutions of fashion with a community and a mission that unfortunately closed.
“We find people coming to Austin and visiting ByGeorge if they haven’t heard of it, they’re so happy to come in because they don’t have that in their city anymore. So we suddenly became a local store for people who also live outside of our city,” she said.
The store, which stocks Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Maria Cornejo, Jacquemus, Khaite, Plan C, Sakai and The Row, among others, will continue to plan designer events in the coming months, both in Austin and across his New Orleans. venue, which recently hosted Christopher John Rogers and local art and fashion students.
“It’s how do we incorporate this next generation of talent and the people whose spirit will be inspired,” Nutter said, adding that the store’s upward trajectory is yet another sign of Austin’s rising cultural currency, where South by Southwest, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Formula 1 injected money into the economy. —BOOTH MOORE