5 posts tagged "Vince"
Is it just us, or has Vince—the contemporary range known for its bunny-soft cashmere wares—worked up some serious mojo? The beloved basics brand began to gain steam in January, when it appointed Doo-Ri Chung as its creative director. In May, the label hired Karin Gregersen, formerly of Chloé, to direct the label’s sales, marketing, product development, and creative initiatives as its new president. And now, it seems things are in full swing. Just last night, Vince hosted the launch of its new 3,000-square-foot flagship on Mercer Street, and the fete attracted all the right girls-about-town. Alexandra Richards, Harley Viera Newton, and Leigh Lezark turned up to check out the space and dance to tunes from the Dolls’ deejay Mia Moretti and violinist Margot.
With its exposed white brick, 22-foot-high ceilings, skylight, and pale hardwood floors, the boutique boasts a welcoming layout. “It’s very modern and very clean, but it’s also warm, comfortable, and inviting,” said Vince CEO Jill Granoff. For the first time, Vince’s men’s and women’s collections are presented on separate sprawling floors, but it was the shoe display case—which was filled with enticing pointed, pony-hair mules, riding boots, and high-tops—that seemed to get the most attention. The kicks will have to move over soon, though: Gregersen told Style.com that the label will be launching handbags next year. “We’re building more of a global lifestyle brand,” said Gregersen. “We’re continuing to work on our existing products and launching new extensions.” Granoff chimed in to note that dresses and outerwear for all occasions are a new focus, and that they’re working to further develop the menswear offering.
Indeed, the slick Soho flagship makes a smart addition to the label’s three other Manhattan (and twenty U.S.) outposts. But more retail spaces are nigh—Vince is looking to take the international market by storm and is opening its first stand-alone store in Tokyo next week.
Vince’s flagship is located at 89 Mercer Street in New York.
Vanessa Traina is a busy bee. Somewhere between styling Joseph Altuzarra’s Spring ’14 runway and preparing to head to the shows in Paris, Traina’s found time to serve as the executive creative director of THE LINE—a luxury e-tailer that launches today and features a tightly edited selection of clothing, beauty products, and home goods. Handpicked by Traina, the site’s stock includes what the stylist calls “quintessentials”—that is, pieces that are clean, simple, and, above all, timeless. “With all of the fast fashion today, we felt the need to strip down and get back to the basics,” Traina said. “We are not aiming to bring you the hottest trend of the season; we are presenting items that are elevated yet familiar.”
One not-so-familiar brand is Protagonist (above), which, designed by Kate Wendelborn is launching exclusively with THE LINE. Protagonist captures THE LINE’s minimalist focus: brushed wool pullovers, crisp white blouses, and boxy tunics (in shades of black, white, and blush) look current yet trend-proof.
Other brands featured include Reed Krakoff, Rodin Olio Lusso (best known for its cult-favorite beauty oil), interiors range Andrianna Shamaris, J.W. Anderson, Assouline, and Vince, among others. “We are very excited about the brands that we have on board,” Traina said. “We essentially wanted to create the perfect, seasonless wardrobe—those items that you can throw on no matter the day, time, or season.”
The sleet, snow, rain, and freezing temps we’ve endured these past few days make for some uninspired wardrobe options. Short of a tropical getaway, our favorite February pick-me-up is winter white. Layer a cozy cream sweater with ivory jeans and beige boots for a look that’s fresh and weather-appropriate. Shop our picks from Boy by Band of Outsiders, Vince, Saint Laurent, and more, below.
1. Boy by Band of Outsiders sweater, $545, available at www.lagarconne.com
2. Saint Laurent bag, $2,350, available at www.net-a-porter.com
3. R13 jeans, $325, available at www.lagarconne.com
4. Rag & Bone scarf, $65, available at www.rag-bone.com
5. Vince boot, $295, available at www.vince.com
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Cynthia Vincent isn’t so concerned with being cool. “I guess the line I started after school, St. Vincent, was considered ‘cool,’ ” the designer mused at her first-ever brick and mortar shop on Elizabeth Street. “I was a lot younger then; it was a reflection of the life I was leading. But I think being based in L.A., you can choose what kind of life you lead. If I was in NYC, I might feel more of that pressure to be in certain circles.” Since her lauded and splashy debut in the nineties, the mother and L.A.-based designer has moved on to other things. St. Vincent eventually morphed into the contemporary brand Vince, and Vincent herself stepped away to launch her popular Twelfth Street line in 2003.
“I’m currently interested in global cultures, tribes you could say,” she said. Pointing to a Twelfth Street Spring collection print, the designer noted it was an Uzbek ikat that was computerized for a modernized feel, while a nearby neon yellow African print was reimagined into a sweetheart neckline frock. Slated to open today, the 900-square-foot shop, designed by Vincent herself, features a specially commissioned gridded cabinet-cum-display case inspired by her daughter’s advent calendar, a white stuffed peacock affectionately named Gertrude, and a sixties lighting fixture by Hudson, New York, artist Lou Blass.
Along with housing Twelfth Street threads and the designer’s eponymous footwear and handbag line, there will also be exclusive and one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as Vincent’s first foray into jewelry and home decor. “I fell in love with what’s happening here,” Vincent explained of choosing the store’s Nolita environs. “I’ve already ran across the street to Haus Interior to buy multiple pieces and I had breakfast at Cafe Habana this morning. Just on this block, there’s inspiration all around.”
Cynthia Vincent opens today at 253 Elizabeth St., NYC.
What: Vince dark denim leggings
Why: Being pregnant makes it no easy task to find a good pair of pants, or at least a pair that fits, especially if, like me, you refuse to shop at maternity stores. Luckily for us, Vince is launching a small denim collection for Spring, including the perfect pair of dark denim leggings. I can’t wait to wear mine during fashion week and the months ahead.
Where: $195, available at Vince, NYC, (212) 924-0370.