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August 2 2014

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23 posts tagged "The Webster"

Now Shopping In Tokyo: Julien David Opens In Jingumae

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Julien David's new Jingumae shop in Tokyo

The streetwise French-born designer Julien David has been on a hot streak lately, scooping up the Andam Fashion Award in 2012 and enjoying the kind of die-hard, tell-your-friends support from retailers like Colette’s Sarah Andelman and The Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil that fellow designers would give their eyeteeth for. His latest coup is the opening of his first-ever boutique, in the Jingumae neighborhood of his adopted city, Tokyo—and, just in case you needed the reaffirmation, he’s stamped the concrete facade with “Julien David Jingumae Shop.” “I believe every location has a certain vibe,” David explained to Style.com. “I would like each of my stores to have its own characteristics, music, and atmosphere, and offer customers a unique, genuine experience in different locations. To show how this specific area is different than another one, how things are here, and what we think about and enjoy locally.” Inside, there are fixtures in glass, metal, concrete, and Japanese wood, finished off with a dripping splatter of paint. “I wanted to invent a place that would be the best environment to experience my collections, to have the same playfulness and urban raw energy that we try to inject in the clothes,” David said. Not far from the shopping meccas of Omotesando and Harajuku, he has built a room of his own.

Julien David's new Jingumae shop in Tokyo
Julien David's new Jingumae shop in Tokyo

Photos: Courtesy of Julien David

On Our Radar: Dasha Zhukova for Illesteva

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“It’s always fun to work with friends,” said Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske. The CFDA-nominated designers’ affinity for creative camaraderie has led them to team up with magazine maven, purveyor of cool, and new mother Dasha Zhukova for a second round of collaborative, limited-edition sunglasses. “I’ve been a fan of what Jus Ske and Daniel are doing with Illesteva for a long time now,” said the Garage editor. “To be able to creatively collaborate with them on a project has been an amazing experience.” Priced at $300, the acetate shades—handcrafted en France—come in baby pink or sky blue and are available now at The Webster, Colette, and on Illesteva’s Web site.

Photo: Courtesy of Illesteva

Fancy Feet: Del Toro x TYPOE

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Last year, Miami-based footwear label Del Toro introduced its Artists Series—a range of in-house capsules created in collaboration with local artists. For its upcoming project, the brand tapped TYPOE—a provocative street artist known for his depiction of urban undergrounds and pseudo celebrity. “We are very like-minded,” said TYPOE when asked about the collaborative process. A fusion of TYPOE’s pop-modern aesthetics and Del Toro’s traditional-with-a-twist ethos, the shoes feature a floral motif messily printed across the house’s signature wing-tip silhouette. “[TYPOE's] style of mixing classic and contemporary is something I feel strongly about—enhancing the heritage per se,” said Matthew Chevallard, Del Toro’s CEO and creative director.

The kicks will debut at Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s The Webster on April 26. And just to make the launch a little more special, TYPOE and Del Toro have designed a small selection of Webster-specific shoes, which will be stamped with hues mirroring the South Beach retail mecca’s tropical color scheme.

Del Toro x TYPOE’s shoes are priced at $350 and will be available at The Webster and deltoroshoes.com from April 26.

Photos: Courtesy of Del Toro

Dig In: Welcome Companions’ Spring Snack

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The concept behind Laurel Broughton’s L.A.-based accessories range, Welcome Companions, is a simple one. “The line comes out of the idea that the objects around you can be your friends,” says the 34-year-old designer. Sure, you might get a funny look or two if you carry on talking to one of Broughton’s clever totes, clutches, or scarves, but at the very least, they’ll put a smile on your face. Having launched her line in 2011 with the surrealist-inspired Mr. Fork, Miss Knife collection—which included a bowler-hat handbag, a change purse that looked like a white glove, and an airmail-envelope-turned-wallet—Broughton is interested in presenting iconic shapes in unexpected, tongue-in-cheek ways. For Spring ’13, the whimsical line (which is produced locally in L.A.) offers Part-Time Picnic, a collection that reimagines picnic wares and eats as covetable kidskin and calf accouterments. Take, for instance, Broughton’s toast handbag. “The shape of toast is recognizable, but it also functions really well as a shoulder bag,” says the designer. For a complete dining experience, there’s also a butter-pad clutch, napkin- and plate-print scarves, zip-lip pouches and totes, and woven leather bags that resemble flattened picnic baskets. “Picnicking is an activity that we do to get outside of our normal, everyday lives,” says the designer. “And these accessories allow you to be on a part-time picnic all the time.”

Welcome Companions is available at the Webster, Creatures of Comfort, and online at welcomecompanions.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Welcome Companions

A Friend In Need’s A Friend In Deed; A Friend In Paris Is Better

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Ami is more than a name. Alexandre Mattiussi has always insisted that his label keep a friends-and-family vibe, which extends to his presentations as much as his clothes. For Fall, he gathered pals—and models—in a Parisian apartment. No usual fashion-show stuffiness here. The drinks flowed, the decibel level was only a mite below roar, and even the models, released from their usual Blue Steel obligations, were joking around and having a good time. That particular party ended in January, but its wardrobe just hit stores, including Opening Ceremony, Barneys, The Webster, and Mr Porter. In celebration and in fond memory, Mattiussi sent over a video shot at the Fall presentation, exclusively for Style.com. Click to watch, above