Today’s Fashion Headlines: Tuesday, November 5, 2013


The Los Angeles unit marks Bloomingdale’s first department store opening in three years.

Bloomingdale’s Glendale Store Sets New Focus Bloomingdale’s is back on the expansion path, with a 115,000-square-foot unit in the Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles set to open Friday.The Glendale site advances Bloomingdale’s strategy for opening scaled-down department stores and for trading up. It also marks the retailer’s first department store opening in three years. With 86,500 square feet of selling space and two levels, Glendale is expected to generate about $40 million in annual volume. There is greater glamour inherent in the store design and in the assortment at Glendale. The tone is set right at the outset with Louis Vuitton and Gucci boutiques, 1,800 and 1,600 square feet, respectively, flanking the entrance from inside the mall, where the highest traffic is anticipated. Carlos Falchi Returns to Contemporary Arena Two years after the Brazilian designer launched a contemporary collection with sourcing firm Li & Fung that failed to take off, Falchi is at it again, this time with new partner L & Leung, which also produces handbags for brands that include Iris by Iris Apfel, Carlos by Carlos Santana and Emma Fox.The former Falchi by Falchi contemporary line of bags, shoes and jewelry had one shipment to Macy’s for its Brazil promotion. Falchi had also tapped Li & Fung to take on production and distribution for his main “couture” collection. He’s focusing exclusively on bags with leather and calf hair looks that mimic his main collection’s concepts but with prices that retail from $228 for a cross-body camera style to $348 for a North/South tote, capping out at $598 for an oversize calf hair bag. Fred Segal to Collaborate With Kravitz Design Fred Segal, the California retailer owned by Sandow, will next year launch its first designer collaboration with Kravitz Design called Fred Segal x Kravitz DesignSupporting the launch is Mark Styler Co. Ltd., which is opening several Fred Segal retail locations in Japan beginning next year. Fred Segal x Kravitz Design will be sold at Fred Segal stores in Tokyo and Los Angeles, as well as the Philippe Starck-designed SLS Las Vegas, where Fred Segal will open seven boutiques next year, including stores for women’s, men’s jeans, jewelry, shoes and home. IMG Announces Fashion Week Changes IMG Fashion on Monday informed designers of plans to outsource production of its Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events in New York and Miami.As a result, longtime New York-based IMG Fashion production staffers Christina Neault and Jason Brandt have been laid off, as well as Heather Stamm. Taryn O’Meara will help through the transition, according to an e-mail from senior vice president and managing director Catherine Bennett of IMG Fashion & Retail Properties. The decisions were made after completing comprehensive due diligence, she wrote. “We view this as a key step in transforming our business and major progress towards delivering our vision: Our vision is to be the global gateway of fashion. We aim to inspire, present and unite fashion’s key constituents from creation to end consumer,” Bennett wrote.  – Mehar Singh Source and Photo: WWD   

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