Bally has good timing — only days before Father's Day, the Swiss company has launched the Bally Stripe Capsule Collection of casual travel bags for men. The first bag to hit the market is the Weekender ($1,950), which features the brand's signature three-line, red-white-red format.
So what makes this bag worth gifting to the special man in your life? Each one is made of calf leather in a beautiful chestnut shade and features a rich matte finish. Innovative leatherwork techniques ensure that the seams are kept to a minimum. What's more, the Weekender features pockets for functionality, adjustable straps in raw-cut leather, and a square-rounded buckle inspired by the Bally archive. Check out the short film below to see it in action.
If your dad (or any other man in your life) is in need of another carry-all, Bally's got a business bag, a tote, a messenger, a crossbody bag, and small travel accessories — all available now. Head to your local Bally boutique to shop them all now.
Not that we need to remind you, but it's Winter, which means it's not exactly fun to be outside (if you happen to be weathering snowy, sleeting, rainy, freezing conditions, that is). And while we thoroughly miss the sun's rays, we also really love seeing our favorite celebrities showing off their sleek plays on bundled-up "couture." Everyone from Victoria Beckham to Sarah Jessica Parker to Rachel Weisz to Jessica Chastain has taken to layering up in the most luxurious coats, hats, boots, gloves, scarves — the works. What's more, they're also supplying us with subzero styling cues beyond enviable outerwear and killer boots. Head inside to witness more than 60 celebs rocking Winter looks that you can work into your own cold-weather wardrobe now.
Labelux is said to have paid more than 500 million pounds ($811 million) for Choo. The brand was originally valued at 549 million pounds ($889.4 million), and had net sales of 150 million pounds in 2010.
The current Jimmy Choo management team, including CEO Joshua Schulman and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon, a co-founder of the company, will remain in place. Mellon, who retains a 17 percent stake in the brand, is understood to have made tens of millions of pounds from the deal, and she and Schulman are expected to make an investment alongside Labelux.
“Jimmy Choo is a perfect fit for us, and we see ourselves as long-term strategic investors,” said Reinhard Mieck, CEO of Labelux. “Joshua, Tamara and the management are going to need to deal with us for a very long time. We are thinking about strategies today that will take us beyond this generation to the one after that."
Labelux plans to increase Jimmy Choo's brand presence in China, as well as in men's shoes and handbags.
>> Namesake designer Jimmy Choo and LVMH are no longer in the running to buy the Choo label — which is said to be valued at between £400 million and £500 million (or up to $813.4 million) — but Jones Group (which owns Nine West and last year bought Stuart Weitzman) reportedly is. Although a Jones Group spokeswoman declined comment on the matter, the company is said to be one among three potential buyers, the other two of which are German luxury company Labelux, which owns Bally, and US buyout firm TPG. The next bids are expected in mid-May. [WSJ, Reuters]
>> The deluge continues; after yesterday's introduction to the Spring 2011 Chanel, Tom Ford, and Marc by Marc Jacobs campaigns, today brings another onslaught — Karlie Kloss's third straight campaign as face of Christian Dior; a first look at Kasia Struss for Miu Miu (Sasha Pivovarova and Querelle Jansen are also said to have been cast by the label); and perhaps our favorite campaign of the season so far, Alex Prager's take on Karolina Kurkova for Bottega Veneta, left.
I, for one, am ecstatic for Spring. Longer days, warmer nights — did I miss anything? Oh yes, who can forget the flirty, fresh clothes. It's still a bit nippy outside, but copious Spring '10 ad campaigns have been tempting me to self-tan my legs and don a cute pair of shorties. Since fashion works seasons ahead of the real world, we've decided to entice you with a roundup of all the scintillating Spring ad campaigns. While it was hard deciding, Stella McCartney's double exposure technique featuring her pet dog Lucky with Fab model of '09, Natalia Vodianova, was our ultimate Spring pick — which was yours?
Sarah Jessica Parker accessorized her Chanel Haute Couture Oscar dress with Peter Philips' limited edition temporary tattoos.
Tom Binns is launching a handbag collection and collaborating with John Eshaya on t-shirts.
Jessica Stam will wear Giles Deacon on the cover of the first issue of Vogue Turkey.
>> Not a week after Bally confirmed that creative director Brian Atwood has shown his final collection for the label and longterm designers Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler resigned from Aquascutum, word comes that Herz and Fidler are expected to be take over creative directorship at Bally.
A Bally representative did not respond to requests for comment, but Fashion Week Daily cites sources saying that the decision came from Bally management's desire to focus more on ready-to-wear; Atwood's ready-to-wear allegedly didn't sell as well as accessories for the brand. Herz and Fidler are finishing up at Aquascutum, but will supposedly present their first Bally collection in Milan for Spring 2011.
Confirmed: Brian Atwood Leaving Bally; Current Brand Owners Repositioning Label, Looking for More Fashion Investments
>> Those rumors last September of Brian Atwood stepping down from Bally have proven to be correct: the designer just presented his last collection for the label for Fall 2010 and is moving on to focus on his own label.
Atwood was hired in 2007 to revamp and revitalize the Swiss brand's image — but in April 2008, Bally was sold to Labelux Group, which has also recently purchased stakes in Derek Lam, Solange Azagury-Partride, and Zagliani, and it sounds like Atwood was asked to leave. It's rumored Labelux wants the brand more focused on its Swiss heritage, as exemplified by the Spring 2010 Bally ad campaign, featuring Christy Turlington against a background of Alps.