Women's Wear Daily

The State of American Fashion: Rodarte

WWD: Please sum up the state of American fashion as you see it. Laura and Kate Mulleavy: It feels like it is in flux. That could be something really positive for its future, because periods of transition can lead to periods of flourish. We are outliers in some ways in the American fashion community because our work is not typical sportswear or streetwear. Our retrospective in Washington, D.C., this fall will really show that, as well as the dresses we have on display right now at the Met [Metropolitan Museum of Art]. We really believe that voices like ours who celebrate risk-taking design, dressmaking, couture fabrics and techniques and independent business are important in America. WWD: What are American fashion’s strengths? Its weaknesses? L.M. and K.M.: Being a part of the industry here has taught us how to clarify and convey the messages we want to send as a brand, and as a result, we have a very clear vision. The feeling of independence and freedom in America also has enabled us to continue expanding the ways we work as creatives, whether it be in filmmaking, writing or other areas of design and business. It has provided us a platform to be bold and to be fearless. But with Rodarte we have also been heavily

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From Fantastic to Familiar, It’s All in Neiman’s Christmas Book

At the Affirmation Arts gallery on West 37th Street Thursday morning, Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer of the Neiman Marcus Group, was fantasizing. The gallery was transformed into a theatrical representation of Neiman’s eight Christmas fantasy gifts, all wildly expensive and imaginative, and Gold was turning over in his mind which he would covet most, as a gift, naturally. Perhaps the fantasy tennis tour for $550,000 with a week each at Wimbledon, the U.S., French and Australian Opens with tennis champion Sloane Stephens, who will volley with you on the courts. Or possibly the Sugarfina extravaganza for $325,000 with a visit for four to the Sugarina factory in Genoa, Italy, with company founders Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick, three years of candy amounting to about 1 million pieces, and a candy bar installed in your home and stocked for anyone with a serious sweet tooth. “I do love candy. I think Sugarfina is a phenomenal brand,” Gold said. “But, you know, I’m a Pisces. I love the water.” So how about that $7.1 million, 74-foot, Serenity solar-powered yacht, with interiors inspired by Neiman’s fashion director Ken Downing. It’s Neiman’s most expensive holiday gift. Neiman’s $7.1 million solar-powered fantasy yacht.  For more than 60 years, Neiman

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Carbon38 Seeks International Growth

Carbon38, an e-commerce destination for performance wear, wants a big international presence and has partnered with Flow, a company that enables cross-border commerce, to meet the objective. Flow’s e-commerce platform eases the logistics of cross-border e-commerce and “localizes” the shopping experience for consumers. The firm’s cross-border e-commerce platform is geared to alleviate the “pain points” retailers encounter with international e-commerce, such as integrating with shipping carriers and payment methods, and the frustrations customers have dealing with currency conversions and the often unexpected costs associated with tariffs, taxes and shipping, so the experience can be more like shopping with a domestic retailer or brand. Flow, founded in December 2016, has been steadily bringing on board global brands. The firm utilizes artificial intelligence and localization technology that will allow Carbon38’s customers to feel as if they are shopping with a local retailer, regardless of where they are in the world. Rob Keve, cofounder and chief executive officer of Flow, said Carbon38 has “a large and devoted following in both the fashion and fitness worlds.” Joseph Littlefield, vice president of operations for Carbon38, said Flow will create “a more seamless and customized approach across the globe from the United Kingdom to China and everywhere in between.” Carbon38

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