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The company that owns the cool French brands Maje, Sandro, and Claudie Pierlot has sold some 65 percent of its shares to the American multinational private equity firm KKR — and now that they have the backing, those labels are expected to expand.
While KKR wouldn't say just how much it paid for the brands, WWD reports that some analysts believe the deal could be valued around €650 million, just south of $850 million at current exchange. Evelyne Chétrite, creative director of Sandro, and her sister, Maje creative director Judith Milgrom, will still own around 35 percent of the company along with their partners Elie Kouby and Frédéric Biousse, CEO of SMCP Group.
"I have created this beautiful family history with my sister and I am pleased to embark on a new phase of our lives with KKR," Chétrite said in a statement. "Judith and I are reaffirming our full commitment to the business and have great ambitions for the group: building a global leader in the affordable luxury segment."
Part of those ambitions include growing their number of stores: SMCP Group's wares are sold at 570 stores across the world, and plans are for them to be in 150 more by the end of the year, meaning it will be that much easier for fans of the brands to find their items.
Alexa Chung in Maje's Spring 2013 campaign. Photo courtesy of Maje.
All the bits fit to print here, in our daily news roundup.
- Harley Viera-Newton is the face of Whetherly's Spring 2013 collection. [Nylon]
- Valentino plans to expand its menswear line with dedicated boutiques in Paris, London, and Milan. [Vogue UK]
- Meanwhile, the Republic of Azerbaijan has acquired the building in Place Vendôme that houses Valentino's headquarters for $178.4 million. [WWD]
- H&M has tapped Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych to codesign and represent the brand's first tennis collection. [Telegraph]
- Shoegasm has launched ecommerce. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- If you were thinking about buying something from Maje's Fall line, now's the time to do it — its seasonal collection just went 50 percent to 60 percent off both in stores and online. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- In case you've been missing the hot men of Game of Thrones, this one's for you. The show's Richard Madden stars in Mr. Porter's just-released Issue 97. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- Photographer Ryan McGinley's digital short for Mercedes-Benz stars Karlie Kloss, a white horse, and one very mischievous car. [Nowness]
A handful of J. Mendel-clad Hollywood starlets — including Sophia Bush, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Brittany Snow — attended the third annual Autumn Party benefiting the Children's Institute in West Hollywood last night. We got a chance to catch up with Sophia — who carried a vintage Valentino clutch and wore red bow Christian Louboutin sandals — on the red carpet, where she shared with us her five essential closet pieces: "A great black blazer, always. It's a staple in my wardrobe. A printed pant, a good black pump, I need comfortable tank tops, and I need a good red lipstick." As for her favorite Fall pieces? "I'm excited to start wearing new sweaters from Sandro and coats from Maje," Sophia said.
To get Sophia's look, shop her favorite pieces below!
Emma Stone went geek chic in a leather bow-tie Maje sweater ($305) and cool specs while visiting a friend in LA. The actress styled her cheeky sweater with blue skinny jeans, neutral pointed flats, and a red leather Burberry bag. From cleavage-baring suits to tuxedo-stripe pants, Hollywood's hottest have been borrowing from the boys for quite a while, but we especially love Emma's unexpected bow-tie accessory. Shop our favorite bow ties to pair with everything from collared shirts and dresses to classic sweaters for an instant update, then read on for a few keep tips to master Emma's dainty and dapper look.
Emma Stone kept cozy en route to Paris in a tweed-and-leather coat by Maje that's incredibly chic for Fall. This fabric combination is turning up be quite popular this season; Sarah Jessica Parker wore a tweed-and-leather dress, and Kate Bosworth sported a tweed-and-leather Proenza Schouler skirt recently. If you're on the hunt for new outerwear for Fall, then consider the chic tweed-and-leather mix. It'll keep you warm and sophisticated at the same time. Shop our favorites below to get started on Emma's look.
After Madewell, Lacoste, Pepe, Superga, and DKNY Jeans, Alexa Chung can add yet another brand to her ever-growing campaign list: Maje. The French brand — whose previous campaign ambassadors include Lara Mullen and Vanessa Traina — has tapped the Brit style star as the face of its Fall 2012 campaign. Shot by photographer Glen Luchford at the Porte des Lilas Metro station in Paris, the black-and-white images feature a bed-headed Chung lounging on an empty train, and are meant to call to mind a moody '60s-era film. "Alexa embodies a modern heroine with style and charm," the brand explained in a statement. "Elegant yet edgy, her attitude reflects a personality that is both glamorous and rock 'n' roll."
Chung, for her part, is equally pleased. "I am thrilled to be the face of Maje," she said. "It's a brand I love and wear, so to be asked was a huge compliment."