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23 posts tagged "Lane Crawford"

Lane Crawford Is Shanghai and Mighty

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Lane Crawford ACcessories
Lane Crawford Menswear

Tomorrow China’s leading luxury retailer, Lane Crawford, will open the doors to its brand-new Yabu Pushelberg-designed Shanghai flagship. A veritable designer mecca, the outpost is LC’s largest property and stands to stock five hundred international fashion, jewelry, beauty, and lifestyle brands.

A buying team of eighty-five experts curated the store’s comprehensive brand selection, which includes everything from Saint Laurent to Sacai to J.Crew. Lane Crawford is notable for introducing the latter into the Chinese market for the first time. Additionally, the three-floor store boasts a series of pop ups, and three homegrown labels—Helen Lee, Ms. Min, and Chictopia—will be carried in the flagship’s Hub section, which aims to promote and nurture emerging industry talents. Lane Crawford is also set to implement its first e-tail meets in-store facet in Shanghai: Customers will be able to pick up and return Internet orders at a special concierge center, marking an innovative fusion between the online and the on-ground.

Lane Crawford plays a long-standing and important role in China’s luxury goods landscape, with multiple branches already operating in other cities such as Hong Kong and Beijing. But Shanghai holds a special place in its heart. “Since the company opened its first store here in 1872, the city has been an important part of our heritage,” said company president Andrew Keith. “We are thrilled to be back.”

Photo: Courtesy of Lane Crawford

Edition 10 Is Looking West

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For Chinese labels, brand endurance is a tricky thing indeed, especially as perceptions of “Made in China” are still heavily stigmatized. But Edition 10 has its sights set on the long haul. As the high-end offering of Chinese ready-to-wear brand MO&Co., which originated in Guangzhou in 2004, Edition 10 has been making slow and steady, yet impressive headway with the help of brand director Jenny Kim. Geared toward spirited, urban women who appreciate both comfort and clothes with an edge, the label’s main aesthetic is “boy-girl chic.” Kim places a heavy emphasis on quality, materials, and technique—and she’s confident that Edition 10′s look and high production values have international appeal. “We began our international wholesale business in 2012, first with Lane Crawford, which has been a milestone for the company,” Kim told Style.com. “For [Spring '14]‘s market week, we will be presenting to international buyers and press in New York, London, and Paris, targeting top-tier retailers like Barneys, Selfridges, and Printemps.” With a strong network of stores in major cities throughout Mainland China, Kim is aiming to make Edition 10 the first pioneering Chinese womenswear range to really go global.

The brand’s Fall ’13 campaign is a testament to its goal of breaking into the Western market—familiar fashion faces Stella Tennant (whose video for the label debuts above) and Freja Beha Erichsen represent Edition 10 and MO&Co., respectively.

Edition 10

“Stella has a compelling strength that comes from within, which is way more powerful than fashion and beauty. She embodies a particular attitude and spirit of a modern woman that’s so relevant to our time,” Kim said. “As for Freja, she exudes this nonchalance and handsomeness that has become an elevated form of contrasting beauty.”

It’s important to note that it’s not uncommon for homegrown Chinese fashion brands to launch with great fanfare in the West, only to see their futures cut short rather ignominiously—Shanghai Tang and JNBY (Just Naturally Be Yourself) among them. But Kim is optimistic about Edition 10′s future in the West and elsewhere. “Our newfound confidence has instilled a certain vigor to our brand’s spirit,” she said. “And with our innovative campaigns each season, the brand is becoming much more prominent as a market leader.”

Edition 10 by MO&Co. is available worldwide via Lane Crawford’s Web site. Prices range from about $67 to $2,524.

Photo: Charlie Engman; Film by Swell New Yotk

Stubbs & Wootton Fetes the Big 2-0

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Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Charlotte Olympia's slippers for Stubbs & Wootton

While riding what appears to be a never-waning wave of popularity, Stubbs & Wootton has gained fans near and far—East, that is—becoming a mainstay at the BLITZ concept space at Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford. To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the footwear brand, which is best known for its velvet slippers, enlisted a diverse range of collaborators to create personal styles. Former Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata designed his own version, as did Kenneth Jay Lane, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Olympia Le-Tan, among others.

Describing Stubbs as “timeless, classic, and chic at your feet,” new mom Roitfeld turned to her astrological sign—Scorpio—for her bespoke slipper, incorporating a golden scorpion and precious stitched heart. “[Scorpios] are tricky and stubborn, but we are extremely loyal and honest, and when we love, we love,” she says, noting that she hopes the designs will speak to fellow Scorpio women. Le-Tan—already a fan, with a few pairs in her closet—customized her designs with her insignia. She plans to wear her Stubbs kicks “at home, in my pajamas; with a sexy black dress and fishnet tights at night; and with jeans during the day.” The wares, which will be available at Lane Crawford and online from 10 a.m. tomorrow Hong Kong time or 10 p.m. tonight EDT, are truly limited editions—only eight pairs of each style have been produced. The shoes ship worldwide, and proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Photos: Courtesy of Lane Crawford

Wilfredo Rosado Fall 2013

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Label: Wilfredo Rosado

Need to Know: After years of working with Giorgio Armani, Wilfredo Rosado realized his dream was to launch his own fine jewelry collection. And in 2011, he did just that. Top international retailers like Bergdorf Goodman and Lane Crawford quickly snatched up his unique pieces. His cameos were an instant success, Gwyneth Paltrow wore his pink feather and diamond earrings to the 2011 Grammys, and ever since debuting his first collection, editors and buyers alike have championed his extravagant, eccentric take on diamonds.

When asked about his Fall ’13 collection, Rosado told Style.com that he has always been a fan of the Smoke series of burned furniture by the Dutch designer Maarten Baas. He’s fascinated by the idea of creating high-luxury pieces and treating them as common, non-precious objects. You can’t get much more precious than 18-karat gold set with sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds. But for Fall, Rosado inlaid his decadent wares with burned wood. He tells us they’re meant to be worn as everyday accessories.

He Says: “Should I call this collection ‘HOT’? I just want women—or men, for that matter—to look and feel cool wearing it, without feeling like they’re wearing the family jewels!”

Where to Find It: Bergdorf Goodman, Just One Eye, Neiman Marcus

Ming Xi in 3-D

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Nick Knight—famed photographer, founder of SHOWstudio, and all-around digital fashion maverick—has always been ahead of the curve. So no one expected his Spring ’13 campaign for Chinese luxury retailer Lane Crawford to be a traditional photo spread. This season, Knight teamed up with stylist Katy England and enlisted model Ming Xi to star in digital images and films, which he created with 3-D scanning. “Three-D is a step toward the future of our visual language, which was why I started SHOWstudio,” Knight told Style.com. Knight has been fascinated with this particular method of image making (it’s also used for video games) for fifteen years and has, in the past, done 3-D scans of Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell. The ads—which will appear online, in outdoor media, and in print this month—make Ming Xi look like some kind of fantastic high-fashion android. Watch her strut her digital stuff in Alexander McQueen (above) and Givenchy (below), exclusively on Style.com.

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