Rebecca Minkoff Kicks Off ShopShops U.S. Launch – WWD

ShopShops is making its U.S. debut, just in time for the holiday shopping season. 

The New York-based livestream shopping platform is expanding its reach to the U.S. market, starting with a  holiday livestream campaign, “She’s Live on ShopShops,” featuring an array of female-founded brands. 

ShopShops founder and chief executive officer Liyia Wu will host an Instagram Live session on Wednesday through the ShopShops account, along with designer Rebecca Minkoff, to unveil the market’s U.S. launch. But the first livestream event will take place Saturday with Minkoff showing off some of her latest goods. 

Designer Rebecca Minkoff will host the first ShopShops livestream event for U.S. consumers. 
Courtesy Photo

“As a brand we’ve always embraced technology as a way to push fashion forward,” Minkoff told WWD, regarding her decision to partner with Wu and ShopShops. “And we’ve been incredibly lucky to have had a ton of Chinese streamers to be coming into our [online] stores — since for the majority of the pandemic [our physical stores] have been shut — and streaming overseas to China

“I had listened to Liyia on a podcast and I was just like, ‘I need to talk to this woman,’” Minkoff

Nadine Ghosn Introduces Lego-Inspired Building Block Rings – WWD

PARIS — Nadine Ghosn, who broke into the realm of fine jewelry with hamburger rings, has set her sights on Legos.

Inspired by the colorful plastic pieces — instantly recognized the world over — the designer is launching the fourth pillar of her jewelry brand, called “Building Blocks.”

She came up with the idea while building a display for her pop-flavored jewelry at Le Bon Marché.

“This is cool — it’s multicolored, you can stack it the way you want,” she recalled thinking to herself. “I could take this very simple symbol and use my craft to elevate it.”

Wary of embarking on the project before ensuring there wouldn’t be risk of copyright infringement, Ghosn sought out the toy-maker’s lawyers before proceeding, and traveled to offices in Singapore to turn up a contact at the company. Ghosn had hoped to strike up a collaboration but was declined.

“My hope is that it gains momentum so they revert back to me and say ‘Hey, I like what you’re doing, maybe we can do something together,’” she said.

Ghosn gained early success in her venture — which was founded in 2015 — thanks in part to a collaboration with McDonald’s. In that

Twin Storms Seen Denting Central America’s Apparel Exports – WWD

MEXICO CITY — Tropical storms Iota and Eta could cost Central America up to $200 million in garment exports and see shipments delayed by one to two months as clothing factories are forced to idle production, industry observers told WWD.

They added the region, which sent nearly $7 billion of apparel to the U.S. last year, will need billions to rebuild and finance new infrastructure projects to make it more resilient to adverse weather events stemming from global warming.

“It’s a tragedy,” sighed Mario Canahuati, president of the Honduran Manufacturers’ Association (AHM) and member of the Canahuati texiles family conglomerate in the nation, whose maquila sector saw the most damage from nearly two weeks of storms as Eta hit Nov. 3, followed by Iota on Nov. 16. Both were Category 4 storms. Eta affected 3.6 million people across the isthmus, pummeling Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala with catastrophic winds, rain and flooding. Meanwhile, Iota is said to have displaced 400,000 people in Nicaragua, though its apparel supply chain was understood to have been left largely unscathed by the storm.

Canahuati declined to estimate how the storms damaged Honduras’ textiles pole, a major supplier of basic T-shirts and underwear to the U.S.,

The Best Beauty Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 – WWD

All products and services featured are independently chosen by editors. However, WWD may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

Thanksgiving weekend is going to look different this year, just like so many other things have during 2020. Instead of pulling out extra dining room chairs, you might be watching the turkey carving over Zoom. Though many in-person celebrations will change, the tradition of Black Friday sales continues. Sure, you may not be spritzing new perfumes or testing new lipsticks in person at Sephora or department stores, but the amazing deals and steals aren’t going anywhere — they’ll just be online. You can still score some of the best beauty deals of the year on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with off the charts steals. Need an example? Olay partnered with Orolay, the brand of the Amazon coat that went viral last year, to come up with a limited-edition version inspired by Olay’s iconic red jar that’s free with any purchase over $150. And that’s just the beginning. We rounded up

Bicester Village Launches Fundraising Campaign For Holiday Season – WWD

LONDON — The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, comprising 11 shopping centers in Europe and China, is launching “The Season of Giving” holiday campaign on Friday, which is also World Children’s Day, to support its Do Good initiative.

The campaign not only wants to light up the holiday spirit for its shoppers but also aims to create a brighter and empowered future for women and children through the program. Through the Do Good program, the retailer has partnered with ten global charities — such as Brides Do Good, Charity Water, IntoUniversity, Make-A-Wish and World Connect — to raise awareness and funds to make a sustainable impact for local and global communities that need support.

Running through early 2021, the holiday campaign will weave events and donation opportunities throughout the outlet centers, providing a platform, both virtually and physically, for shoppers to do good and make a difference.

Holiday decoration at The Bicester Village Shopping Collection. 

Each center will invite guests to participate in the Do Good program with a series of activities and touchpoints, such as virtual car boot sales, sustainable pop-ups, partnerships with window illustrators and special products by artists. Some villages will offer special tote bags with profits

Tag Heuer to Expand US Stores With Watches of Switzerland – WWD

PARIS — Betting on the potential of the U.S. market, Tag Heuer has forged plans with Watches of Switzerland to expand the store network of the LVMH Moêt Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned label in the country.

Three new stores will open by the end of the year, in the upscale Pennsylvania mall King of Prussia, Roosevelt Field mall in New York and Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, with more planned next year, including a California location.

Watches of Switzerland, which operates 11 Tag Heuer stores in the U.K., was a natural partner for the U.S. expansion, explained Benjamin Beaufils, president of Tag Heuer North America, over a Zoom call.

Watches of Switzerland is a relative newcomer to the U.S. market, with its purchase of watches and jewelry retailer Mayors in 2017. The company has worked to refurbish the retail network, bulk up its digital firepower and add new stores in Hudson Yards and SoHo in New York City.

“This goes with our own vision of how we want to do things in the U.S. — we are trying to streamline our distribution to elevate the brand experience,” Beaufils said. The label has reduced distribution channels in the country by around