Sep
 28
 2018



Christopher

Hello,

TGIF and welcome to this new edition of The Spin. Hedi Slimane's debut show for Celine tonight promises to generate passionate reactions across the fashion world – and a huge amount of interest. In other news, Levi's has a new celebrity collab, Birkenstock is staking space in America and Debenhams has opened its "store of the future." The world's most expensive shoes are now available too – and at that price, why just order the one pair? Enjoy the read and the weekend! Best, Christopher



brands

The big reveal. Many fashion-obsessed eyes will be on Paris tonight as Hedi Slimane unveils his first collection for Celine at the Hôtel des Invalides at 8:30 pm. His new logo for the brand and sneak peeks of its new bags already have prompted numerous derogatory reactions on social media, especially in China where he and Celine was the second most popular trending topic on Weibo recently. The notoriously secretive designer gave a rare interview to Le Figaro this week, which has only upped the anticipation about tonight's show.


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Justin & the jeans giant. Levi's is launching a collaborative capsule collection with Justin Timberlake that will drop October 4. Called "Fresh Leaves," the 20-piece outdoor-themed offering includes trucker jackers, shearling coats, 501 jeans and flannel shirts that are aesthetically in tune with Timberlake's latest album "Man of The Woods." It will be sold worldwide at select Levi's stores and levi.com.



Setting foot in SoHo. Birkenstock, whose sales have bolstered by the so-called ugly shoe trend of late, will open its first standalone, brand-owned store in the US on Monday. Located in Manhattan's retail-heavy SoHo neighborhood, the store (free gallery; text in German and paywall) will be the German brand's 47th across the globe. It plans to expand its retail footprint in both the US and China with more directly owned shops in the near future.





retail

Debenhams' debut. Yesterday troubled British retailer Debenhams opened the first of its new store concepts that have been designed to bring back shoppers in-store and spark the company's turnaround. Located at the intu Watford mall in Hertfordshire, the store features a new beauty hall area that takes up 15 percent of the space and includes top beauty brands and treatments. This so-called "store of the future" also relies on online customer engagement such as a newly launched beauty-based social platform.





markets

The equalizer. Amfori, a global business association for open and sustainable trade, has launched a new program designed to help empower women who toil in the supply chain in China, Bangladesh and India. The initiative (press release) in the latter two countries will focus specifically on female textile and garment workers and will educate them about such topics as labor rights, avoiding sexual harrasment and leadership training.



Workers, unite! With retail jobs in the US being precarious, low-paying and increasingly unsupportive of labor unions, some retailer workers are mobilizing and supporting a campaign to ensure their rights and respect from their employers. Called Rise Up Retail, the movement was started by Walmart employees who sympathized with Toys R Us staff who were let go with no severance after the chain went bankrupt. Its activists are now calling for higher pay, guaranteed sick time and better scheduling – and are starting to make headway.





last

Golden slippers. The world's "most expensive shoes" were revealed – and went on sale for those who are interested – at a hotel in Dubai this week. Created by the Jada Dubai house, the solid-gold stilettos are trimmed with 236 diamonds set in white gold with a dazzling 15-carat diamond just above the pointed toe. This price? US$17 million – custom orders accepted only.



Paws off my name! Balenciaga is seeking to prevent a North Carolina-based dog-clothing manufacturer from trademarking the name "Pawlenciaga" with the US patent and trademark office, citing that it will cause confusion and dilute the power of the luxury brand. Apparently the storied house wants to keep the matter of cute puppies all to itself....







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