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August 28 2014

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4 posts tagged "Heidi Middleton"

Sass & Bide’s Founders Step Down

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sassAustralian label Sass & Bide‘s founders, Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke, have bid adieu to the label they launched in 1999. The news broke on Friday, when department store Meyer, who bought a majority stake in the brand in 2011 and then took full control last year, announced the pair’s departure, noting that it had been in the works for some time. “Both Heidi and Sarah-Jane have been slowly transitioning out of the business, and it has now reached a point where both girls feel confident that the business will go on to grow and thrive without their day-to-day involvement,” read a release.

Having launched with covetable customized denim, Sass & Bide, which has grown to include ready-to-wear and accessories, is easily one of the most high-profile Australian brands when it comes to international success—the collection has been shown at both New York and London fashion weeks, and there are twenty-five freestanding stores spread throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., specifically in New York. Middleton and Clarke will be replaced by designer Anthony Cuthbertson, who cut his teeth at Daks, Moncler, Max Mara, and Sportmax, among others, and art director Bonnie O’Hare, the former art director of Tommy Hilfiger Europe.

Photo: Marcus Tondo/ IndigitalImages.com

Art Meets Commerce at Sass & Bide’s First International Flagship

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Sass & Bide

Soho is officially experiencing an Aussie takeover. Last night, Zimmerman fêted its new Mercer Street store, and today, Sass & Bide opened the doors to its first international flagship around the corner, at 480 Broome Street. According Heidi Middleton, who co-founded S&B with Sarah-Jane Clarke, “It was a feeling—or an energy—that really pulled us back to New York.” (It’s worth noting that, in September, the brand brought its show back to New York fashion week after a five-year stint on London’s runways.) “We have strong sales in the U.S. and thought it was about time that New Yorkers got to experience the brand in a retail environment. We want our customers to really feel the spirit of the brand from the moment they walk in the store,” Middleton continued. The S&B team worked with architect Kelvin Ho and Brooklyn-based design collective Guild to realize their ideas for the 2,000-square-foot space, which was previously an art gallery. “The concept was based on four key elements: beauty, strength, modernity, and spirit,” Middleton said. They brought that vision to life by creating a tree-like sculpture that winds throughout the shop. It was inspired by the pieces of natural driftwood that Middleton collects, and was constructed from sheets of cloth dipped in resin that were mounted on fiberglass and then painted white. The sinuous sculpture ties together the stark room and provides an elegant backdrop for the racks of clothing (the label also developed several styles exclusive to New York) and cubbies stacked with jeans. “We’ve created a space that captures who we are,” Middleton said.

Photo: Courtesy of Sass & Bide

The Split-Second Preview: Sass & Bide

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The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

Sass & Bide

WHO: Sass & Bide, designed by Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Tuesday, September 10

WHAT: “Spring ’14 is underpinned with a strong sense of spirit. Embellishments celebrate the female form while modern lines honor the masculine.”— Heidi Middleton. The designers sent us a look at their Spring ’14 embellishments, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Sass & Bide

Sass & Bide Celebrates The Big 1-0 In London

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To celebrate their decade in business, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, the Aussie duo behind Sass & Bide, asked ten of their favorite people to come up with an artistic interpretation of the word “shine.” The chosen few included Mischa Barton, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Sam Taylor-Wood, and photographer Rankin. And some of their creations, which were auctioned off last night at a London fundraiser for the children’s charity Barnardo’s, were, in a word, out-there. Barton’s, for instance, was a kooky, twisted four-pronged aluminum clocklike thing, and Moss’ was a star surrounded by a sickly neon green. It didn’t matter, as all were successfully sold within minutes to a crowd that included not only the cross-dressing DJ Jodie Harsh, in the acid-washed Balmain Sergeant Pepper jacket and some of the biggest hair we have seen this side of Nashville, but also Sir Peter Blake, the artist who, ironically, designed the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. So, after ten years, what’s next for Sass & Bide? Said Sass, a.k.a. Clarke, in cheetah-print sequin harems and statement shoulders, barely looking like she gave birth six months ago: “We would really like to show at London fashion week—that’s the next project.”

Photo: Max Cisotti