Juicy Couture Closing All U.S. Stores
Juicy Couture, the California clothing brand famous for its rhinestone-bedazzled tracksuits is shutting down all of its U.S. stores by the end of June, according to the fashion news site Racked. The struggling label’s parent company, Fifth & Pacific Companies now renamed Kate Spade & Company, sold it last fall to Authentic Brands Group. Juicy’s signature terrycloth tracksuits were a staple of women’s casual style in the early- to mid-2000s, alongside UGG boots and North Face fleece pullovers. When Juicy first sold in 2003 to Liz Claiborne Inc., as Fifth & Pacific was then known, The New York Times said the company had been “built from a $200 start-up to a $51 million concern” in just six years. But 11 years later, that demographic appears to have shrunken.
Designer Gustave Tassell Dies at 88
Gustave Tassell, the Coty Award-winning designer who created clothes for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco, died in Los Angeles on June 9 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease and he was 88.Former CFDA president Stan Herman said Monday, “He was one of the most respected designers of my era. People loved his clothes, but he was such a low-key guy. I think he spent a lot of time in Philadelphia [his hometown]. He didn’t play the game the way a lot of other people do.”Among Tassell’s most famous looks were the streamlined dresses he designed for Kennedy Onassis’ goodwill tour of India in 1962.
Tory Burch Opening Milan Flagship
Tory Burch will open a flagship in Milan in December. Located in a two-story, 4,850-square-foot space at 7 Via della Spiga, the unit is her second in Italy, following a Rome boutique that opened in 2010. “Italy is a very important market for us,” said the designer. The Milan flagship is to carry the full Tory Burch collection. The label is also available at toryburch.it and carried by 130 stores across the country.
– Mehar Singh
Sources: WWD, Huffington Post
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