March 26, 2013 |
Do you know your Gucci from your Galliano? Your Levi's from your Lincoln? Brand names are part of our pop-culture psyche. But corporations and luxury brands have been known to change their names. French luxury group PPR, whose portfolio includes brands like Puma, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, recently announced that it is officially changing its name to Kering (pronounced “caring”). Although to us the name sounds more appropriate for a Scandinavian wolf hospice or an off-brand cherry liqueur than a high-end luxury firm, the word “ker” is a Breton word that translates as “home” which, according to company Chairman and Chief Executive Francois-Henri Pinault, better reflects the company's recently narrowed focus on the apparel and accessories brands.
January 30, 2013 |
Fashion prize: The incredibly talented shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has won the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize, which includes 200,000 British pounds (more than $315,000) to help grow his business. The London-based Kirkwood is one of a new generation of creators pushing shoe design to new extremes. He isn't inspired in the traditional fashion-designer sense by a place or person. Instead, he's more of an architect of shoes. "Usually, it's about finding an interesting organic shape, or just playing around and doodling," he told Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore in 2011.
January 25, 2013 |
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad's Gucci backpack, thrust into the limelight by an Internet reporter's observation, was a “birthday and Christmas gift,” Ron Holmes, his father, said Friday. Holmes said the gift was purchased by Muhammad's mother and sister. He also said that the family has provided UCLA's compliance office with receipts. A Yahoo! Sports reporter mentioned the backpack in a story about the Bruins' 84-73 victory over Arizona on Thursday, noting that it was worth at least $1,000.
December 7, 2012 |
Fashion heiress Patricia Gucci has listed her estate in Mountain Center for $9 million. The Riverside County compound consists of a nearly 11,000-square-foot main house, a guest house, tennis court quarters, a swimming pool with spa and a kennel. The contemporary Moroccan-style estate has a screening theater, a library, 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Built in 1989, the two-level house sits on 23 acres in a gated community. It has views of Coachella Valley, Joshua Tree National Park and mountain ranges.
October 15, 2012 |
Gucci Mane may swear that “for the record,” his new song “Truth" is "not a diss record" aimed at Young Jeezy . But if this switchblade of synth-goth menace is just an innocent promo for his forthcoming “Trap God” mixtape, we're scared to hear what an actual warning shot sounds like. The beef between the two Atlanta rappers stretches back nearly a decade, when Gucci (born Radric Davis) was arrested in the shooting death of an alleged Jeezy associate after a break-in at his home.
October 14, 2012 |
Call it the H&M effect, or fast fashion. Americans are buying, and discarding, clothes more quickly than ever. On average, each of us throws 54 pounds of clothes and shoes into the trash each year. That adds up to about 9 million tons of shoes, jackets and other wearables that are sent into the waste stream annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Traditionally, the options for dealing with that waste have started with an R: Reduce, reuse or recycle. But a clutch of designers, some of them high-end, are pursuing a different tack.