Oct
 27
 2017



Christopher

Hello,

Welcome to this Friday edition of The Spin. Before you embark on what I hope is a fun and relaxing weekend be sure to read about Amazon's latest ascent, how Chanel and Pharrell will say au revoir to Colette with what is sure to be a sold-out shoe and why Calvin Klein himself is back in the limelight thanks to his forthcoming new book. And, as always, feel free to share The Spin with friends and colleagues. Best, Christopher



retail

3rd's a charm at Amazon. A successful Prime Day and its recent acquisition of Whole Foods were among the factors contributing to the impressive third quarter results that Amazon released yesterday. The retail giant saw revenue rise 34 percent to $43.7 billion in the quarter, or $1.6 billion more than analysts had predicted. Amazon also revealed that it now employs more than half a million people, or 541,900 workers.


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New "Eagle" to land. Teen retailer American Eagle is launching a new store concept near Union Square in New York next month. Called AE Studio, this prototype shop's key attractions will include a jeans customization area produced in collaboration with Atelier & Repairs and a wall of washers and dryers so customers can hang out and do their laundry onsite for free.





brands

Chanel x Pharrell. The rumors and speculation have proven to be true: Pharrell Williams has designed a customized Adidas HU line NMD sneaker for Chanel that will be sold exclusively at Colette when Chanel takes over the boutique's first floor in a last hurrah prior to the legendary store's closure at the end of December. The price and exact launch date of the already highly hyped black-and-white shoe were not revealed, however.



Movies at Missoni. A new public exhibition at the Missoni store on Madison Ave. in New York opened on Wednesday night that celebrates the work of 94-year-old filmmaker Jonas Mekas, the so-called Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema. The third installment of the brand's Surface Conversion Project, which invites artists to reimagine Missoni's retail spaces, the show (slideshow), entitled "Blue, Yellow, Red, Purple," includes video installations and screened projections. It runs through January 31, 2018.



Mocking the mat skirt. Although it was originally revealed on the runway at Balenciaga's show in March, the car mat-inspired skirt by artistic director Demna Gvasali is currently a hot topic of social media derision by the general public now it is available at MyTheresa for £1,795. Some are even recommending buying the "original" for £14.99 from homeware retailer Argos instead.





markets

African appeal. Concluding its four-day run tomorrow, the annual Lagos Fashion and Design Week will have featured 49 local designers this year and has again cemented its reputation as Africa's most important fashion event. Sponsored by Heineken and held in Nigeria's largest city, the gathering's theme this year is "Africa: Shaping Fashion's Future."





people

Calvin on the coffee table. Designer Calvin Klein is back in the media spotlight (paywall) doing interviews to promote his first ever coffee-table book, which will be released next month by Rizzoli. The more than 400-page tome is divided into three sections and was written entirely by the fashion legend.



Diller dreams again. As previously reported in The Spin, Barry Diller, the mogul, philanthropist and husband of Diane von Furstenberg, recently scrapped his plans to build a floating island park at Pier 55 in New York's Hudson River. However, after an intervention by New York's governor, the billionaire is now back on board and willing to give the park project one more try.







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