Coach team up with LeBron James’ More Than a Vote initiative

Coach is joining forces with basketball superstar LeBron James on his new drive to get more Black citizens voting.James recently announced the launch of More Than a Vote, a nonprofit he set up with Maverick Carter aimed at ending voter suppression and …

Coach is joining forces with basketball superstar LeBron James on his new drive to get more Black citizens voting.

James recently announced the launch of More Than a Vote, a nonprofit he set up with Maverick Carter aimed at ending voter suppression and encouraging Black Americans to vote.

Now U.S. accessories brand Coach, headed up by designer Stuart Vevers, has joined the pair in their mission.

“The foundation of democracy is the right to vote,” said Jide Zeitlin, chairman and CEO of Coach’s parent company Tapestry, in a statement. “America cannot resolve systemic racism and inequality without ending voter suppression. We are proud to partner with More Than a Vote and to work toward equal access to the ballot box for every single eligible American.”

The label will be using all its resources, including its employees, collaborators, and retail stores, to “energise, educate and protect voters in U.S. cities where voter suppression and misinformation are rampant,” the businessman added.

Coach’s chief marketing officer Carlos Becil further shared his enthusiasm for the new partnership.

“When we looked at what we could do to fight systemic inequality and racial injustice, particularly in the Black community, voter rights were at the forefront. What drew us to MTAV was their commitment to specifically addressing voter suppression and misinformation. For them, it’s more than just getting out the vote, it’s making sure citizens’ rights are protected,” he said.

After Donald Trump’s first term as U.S. leader, America will vote for its next or returning president in November.

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Walmart enters fashion resale market with thredUP partnership

Walmart is gearing up to make a major splash in the fashion resale market.Executives at the U.S. retail giant have announced they are partnering with the team at online thrift store thredUP on the new venture, which will include a website where custome…

Walmart is gearing up to make a major splash in the fashion resale market.

Executives at the U.S. retail giant have announced they are partnering with the team at online thrift store thredUP on the new venture, which will include a website where customers can find nearly 750,000 pre-owned items across women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and handbags.

Regarding the collaboration, Denise Incandela, head of fashion for Walmart U.S. eCommerce, noted that the initiative was the perfect way for Walmart to begin tapping into the market for pre-owned and sustainable fashion.

“The resale prices are outstanding, and we are thrilled to offer our Walmart customers the opportunity to reuse garments. Items have been carefully evaluated and selected by thredUP for sale based on their overall quality and condition,” she said. “Only pre-owned garments and shoes deemed ‘new’ or ‘like new’ by thredUP are available on Walmart.com. ‘Gently used’ accessories and handbags are also available.”

In addition, shoppers will be able to take advantage of Walmart’s free shipping threshold on orders of $35 (£28) or more and free returns to Walmart stores or thredUP.

And Jenn Volk, director of product management at thredUP, is delighted to be reaching out to a whole new demographic.

“We are excited to join forces with Walmart to power a sustainable, secondhand shopping experience unlike any other. From Calvin Klein and Nike to Coach and Michael Kors, this digital partnership enhances Walmart’s fashion offering with fresh brands at amazing prices that their customers will love,” she added.

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Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein among designers closing stores over coronavirus fears

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and E…

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.

It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and Europe until 29 March.

“Health and safety remain our top priorities,” chairman and chief executive Manny Chirico said in a statement. “This is an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation to which we will need to continue to adapt.”

Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People are also among the retailers closing their doors, alongside sportswear giants Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Balance, and Vans.

High street giant H&M announced on Tuesday the closure of all its stores in the U.S. and Canada until 2 April, and all employees will receive full pay despite the shutdown.

“H&M’s top priority is maintaining the health and safety of all its colleagues and customers,” the brand said in a statement. “We have been diligently following the latest recommendations made by local governments and the relevant health authorities and have been agile.”

And Tapestry Inc., parent company of brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, have shuttered all their stores across North America and Europe.

While physical stores will be closed, the brands will still be taking orders on their websites.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and taking the appropriate actions to protect the safety of our employees, customers and communities,” chairman and chief executive Jide Zeitlin said in a statement.

There are more than 6,500 cases of Covid-19 in the U.S, with 116 deaths. The virus has infected almost 200,000 people across the world since the outbreak began back in December, and nearly 8,000 people have died.

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Coach teams with streetwear label BAPE on capsule collection

Coach has partnered with Japanese streetwear label BAPE on a new capsule collection.Executives at the New York-based label announced the collaboration on Tuesday, with the line to include outerwear, ready-to-wear, footwear, and leather goods. “The coll…

Coach has partnered with Japanese streetwear label BAPE on a new capsule collection.

Executives at the New York-based label announced the collaboration on Tuesday, with the line to include outerwear, ready-to-wear, footwear, and leather goods.

“The collection of leather goods and ready-to-wear represents a fusion of the established codes of both brands, and celebrates the unique attitudes of their hometowns, New York City and Tokyo,” a Coach representative commented. “Bold and playful, BAPE x Coach channels the labels’ shared spirit of authentic self-expression and unexpected urban style.”

The limited-edition range includes an interpretation of Coach’s signature pattern crossed with BAPE’s Ape Head logo, rendered in camouflage, khaki and rainbow jacquard fabric. Other highlights include a leather jacket, the BAPESTA sneakers, and backpacks.

In addition, T-shirts in regionally exclusive colourways will be available in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, and London.

“To underscore the connection between two fashion houses from two global capitals, the BAPE x Coach lookbook features talent photographed in their hometown cities. Model and songwriter Koki brought the collection to life in the Ebisu District of Shibuya in Tokyo, while actor and musician Quincy Brown brought his own style to the line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” they added.

Both stars were photographed by Quil Lemons.

The BAPE x Coach collection will available to purchase online as well as at select boutiques.

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Coach honours Jean-Michel Basquiat with fall 20 collection

Coach has paid homage to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled his latest line at the 47th Street Warehouse as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle drawing i…

Coach has paid homage to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled his latest line at the 47th Street Warehouse as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka, Zoey Deutch, Camila Morrone, Rafferty Law, and Paloma Elsesser.

To open, a series of models showed off Coach staples, such as leather skirts, trench coats, and layered, oversized outerwear. However, partway through the presentation, Vevers surprised guests by introducing sweaters and coats emblazoned with the graffiti-inspired artwork of Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 27 in 1988.

Basquiat’s sisters Lisane and Jeanine were in the audience, while his niece Jessica Kelly walked in the spectacle.

“We have always been fans of Coach. It’s such an iconic New York brand with really beautiful craftsmanship. To see this collection come together has been truly exciting. Coach has done a great job in capturing the texture, detail and energy of Jean-Michel’s work,” said Lisane. “We are really impressed with Stuart’s vision and attention to the spirit of the work.”

Other highlights included a patchwork-look faux fur coat, ’90s-inspired leather jackets with black buttons, and striped ensembles with a grunge vibe. Model Kaia Gerber stood out in a pink sweater, beige skirt, and long blue leather jacket.

And at the end of the show, Vevers unveiled another surprise – he invited Debbie Harry to take to the stage and perform Blondie songs alongside punk rock/garage band The Coathangers.

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Jennifer Lopez and Michael B. Jordan headline Coach sneaker campaign

Jennifer Lopez and Michael B. Jordan have been tapped to front Coach’s new sneaker campaign.The Hollywood stars, who both serve as brand ambassadors for the New York-based fashion and accessories company, are now headlining the marketing imagery for th…

Jennifer Lopez and Michael B. Jordan have been tapped to front Coach’s new sneaker campaign.

The Hollywood stars, who both serve as brand ambassadors for the New York-based fashion and accessories company, are now headlining the marketing imagery for the Coach CitySole line.

Shot by photographer Juergen Teller, the campaign features Jennifer and Michael showcasing the footwear designs, with the Big Apple as the backdrop.

“When you grow up in New York, sneakers are such a big part of your lifestyle because you have to pound the pavement,” the 50-year-old shared. “Coach CitySole is perfect for my lifestyle – I’m a dancer, and I’m always on the go and they’re very versatile. They can be dressed up and dressed down, and can be functional but also super fashionable.”

The range offers three sneaker styles, with the CitySole Court referencing classic basketball sneakers with a triangular toe box, the CitySole Runner drawing from the silhouettes of running shoes, and the CitySole Lowline, which is an updated take on a classic low-top.

Accordingly, Michael can’t wait to add the new designs to his collection.

“Sneakers are a wardrobe staple,” the Black Panther actor insisted. “As someone who grew up around New York and is constantly on the go, Coach CitySole’s blend of fashion and comfort is the right balance for an everyday sneaker-wearer like me.”

Coach’s CitySole sneakers are now available to purchase.

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Jennifer Lopez models Barbra Streisand sweater in Coach campaign

Jennifer Lopez poses in a sweater featuring Barbra Streisand’s face in her new Coach campaign.The superstar was named as the new global brand ambassador for the New York-based company in November, and on Tuesday, the images from her debut photoshoot pr…

Jennifer Lopez poses in a sweater featuring Barbra Streisand’s face in her new Coach campaign.

The superstar was named as the new global brand ambassador for the New York-based company in November, and on Tuesday, the images from her debut photoshoot promoting the spring/summer 2020 line were released.

Lensed by Juergen Teller, one snap shows Jennifer posing in the “Babs” sweatshirt, which is emblazoned with an illustration of the Funny Girl star by Richard Bernstein that was originally included in a 1969 issue of Interview magazine.

“Soakin’ up that NYC energy!!! Loved shooting in my hometown for my first campaign with @Coach. New York is always an inspiring city-encouraging us to do our own thing and be an original!” the 50-year-old captioned the snap on her Instagram page.

However, the picture soon captured the attention of Barbra, who reposted the happy photo and wrote, “Love this! Hi @jlo – nice to see you wearing my face!”

A short time later, Jennifer responded with “You know you’re my idol!” along with a heart emoji.

Elsewhere in the campaign, the Hustlers actress poses in a red leather jacket with blue silk shirt and an emerald green dress.

And speaking about her advertisements, Jennifer explained that she thoroughly enjoyed shooting with Juergen and Coach creative director Stuart Vevers in the Big Apple.

“In all it creates, Coach promotes individuality and optimism in its style as well as a sense of authenticity and inclusion. Like me, we’re both New York originals, who create a unique mix of high-fashion with street edge,” she added.

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Jennifer Lopez returns as face of Guess for spring 2020 campaign

Jennifer Lopez has channelled Hollywood glamour for Guess’ latest campaign.The superstar previously fronted the marketing imagery for the fashion brand’s denim line back in 2017 and has also recently landed modelling gigs for the likes of Versace and C…

Jennifer Lopez has channelled Hollywood glamour for Guess’ latest campaign.

The superstar previously fronted the marketing imagery for the fashion brand’s denim line back in 2017 and has also recently landed modelling gigs for the likes of Versace and Coach.

Now, Jennifer is returning to the Guess family as the face of the label’s spring 2020 campaign, with the photos showing her posing in a number of sexy outfits against the backdrop of Santa Monica, California.

“Whenever I do a collaboration, I always think of a character that I can play and be and we had a lot of fun doing that with this campaign,” she explained. “The vibe this time was a mix between an Italian film star from the ’60s, mixed with Madonna from the ’80s, mixed with Sophia Loren. It’s so much fun to get into the character and to make that happen. The clothes and setting of the shoot really worked well together to make this campaign come to life.”

The photoshoot was helmed by photographer Tatiana Gerusova and art directed by Guess’ chief creative officer, Paul Marciano. One image shows Jennifer posing in a lime green belted dress, while another depicts her wearing a purple tropical print dress in front of a palm tree. The 50-year-old also models a summery white outfit and a chic off-white three-piece suit.

Accordingly, Paul noted that he was thrilled with the final result.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jennifer back for a second campaign with Guess and Marciano,” he commented. “Jennifer continues to push boundaries in the music, fashion, and film industries and represents everything a Guess Girl is – confident, sensual and adventurous. This campaign shines a spotlight on Jennifer’s natural beauty and showcases exactly why she is celebrated as a true icon.”

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Top fashion firms donate to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales a…

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.

Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Many celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, and Elton John, have made generous donations towards helping the firefighters and saving the wildlife, and now, bosses at fashion conglomerates Kering, PVH Corp., and Tapestry, Inc. have all announced their contributions.

A representative for Kering, which is headed by Francois-Henri Pinault and is the parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, has confirmed the company will donate $685,000 (£525,00), the equivalent of AUD $1 million.

“These funds will be provided to the most appropriate local organisations selected by the group’s sustainability experts,” they said. “Additional initiatives will also be undertaken by various brands in solidarity with the Australian people. In the longer term, Kering plans to participate in future reforestation and biodiversity programmes.”

Meanwhile, officials at PVH, which oversee brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, are donating $68,000 (£52,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund, as are bosses at Tapestry, the owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

“Our hearts go out to the countless number of people affected by the bushfires,” said Jide Zeitlin, Tapestry’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While what has been lost cannot be replaced, we want to help the affected communities repair and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.”

Closer to home, Australian designer Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales online and in-store for the next seven days to the NSW Rural Fire Service, while New Zealand-based fashion star Karen Walker is supporting charities including Wildlife Victoria, the RSPCA, and Red Cross.

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Kate Spade boss Anna Bakst departing brand

Kate Spade boss Anna Bakst is exiting her role at the fashion brand.Leaders at Tapestry, Inc. – the parent company of Kate Spade, Coach, and Stuart Weitzman – announced on Thursday that Bakst will be leaving the company at the end of the year. The busi…

Kate Spade boss Anna Bakst is exiting her role at the fashion brand.

Leaders at Tapestry, Inc. – the parent company of Kate Spade, Coach, and Stuart Weitzman – announced on Thursday that Bakst will be leaving the company at the end of the year.

The businesswoman served as chief executive officer and brand president at the label since April 2018.

“We thank Anna for the passion and commitment she has brought to her work at Kate Spade,” said Jide Zeitlin, chairman and chief executive officer of Tapestry, Inc. “We are moving ahead quickly with a search process. Our strong Kate Spade leadership team, working with Joanne, will take the business forward aligned with (designer) Nicola Glass’s creative vision.”

Tapestry executives have already started searching for Bakst’s successor. In the interim, Joanne Crevoiserat, Tapestry’s chief financial officer, will have direct oversight of Kate Spade’s strategy and operations, working closely with the brand’s senior leadership team.

And in spite of the upheaval within management, Zeitlin is pleased with how the brand is tracking.

“Quarter-to-date, Kate Spade’s performance is on track and we are confident in our ability to meet our holiday season goals. We look forward to providing details about our second quarter results during our upcoming earnings call in February,” he added.

Previously, Bakst worked as group president of Michael Kors for five years and as an executive at Donna Karan. She has not yet shared any of her future plans.

Designer Kate Spade, who founded the label in 1993, began selling her shares in the company in the late 1990s, with the brand later acquired by the Neiman Marcus Group and then Tapestry executives in July 2017.

Spade was found dead in her apartment in June 2018. Her death was ruled a suicide.

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