March 24, 2021

Designer Brand

Women in charge: Designer Michelle Smith

If anyone knows about making a successful career and life pivot, it’s Michelle Smith.

In 2019, the designer ― who has dressed Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Mika Brzezinski and more ― left Milly, the fashion empire she built with Andrew Orshin, who she married in 2003 and separated from in 2017.

It was a low point for Smith, 48, especially after experiencing incredible career highs. During the company’s peak, for example, Milly was raking in $50 million in annual wholesale revenue. And in 2018, Smith was tapped to design Obama’s dress for her official portrait that hangs in the Smithsonian’s

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DESIGNER BRANDS INC (DBI) Q4 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

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Image source: The Motley Fool.

Q4 2020 Earnings Call
Mar 16, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good day and welcome to the Designer Brands Inc. Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please note this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Stacy Turnof with Edelman. Please go ahead.

Stacy TurnofVice President

Good morning. Earlier today, the company issued a press release comparing results of operations for the 13-week and 52-week

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The Japanese designers building a more sustainable fashion industry

Written by Lena Vazifdar, CNN

In Japan, the term “mottainai” — loosely translated to “what a waste” — has deep roots. Originating from a Buddhist belief that every object has intrinsic value and should be utilized for its full life cycle, the credo has been threaded throughout national culture for centuries.

“Mottainai and handmade culture is everywhere in Japan,” said Kaoru Imajo, director of Japan Fashion Week Organization, said in an email. Sake lees (the residual yeast left over from the fermentation process), he points out, has long been used as a cooking ingredient, and discarded orange peels have been
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Dia & Co, The Leading Clothing and Lifestyle Brand for Plus-Size Women, Launches into Swimwear

NEW YORK, March 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dia & Co, the leading clothing and lifestyle brand for style in sizes 10-32, announced today the launch of it’s newest category: swimwear continuing their mission to provide every woman access to stylish options that make her look and feel her best. The collections represent Dia’s belief in the power of style to transform, and provide customers with fun, fresh, fashion-forward swimwear. A digital-only retailer and community of more than 5 million women, Dia & Co is launching with top swim brands to offer its community an expansive selection of swimwear

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Walmart Taps Designer Brandon Maxwell for Fashion Brands

Walmart  (WMT) – Get Report said Tuesday that it named the fashion designer Brandon Maxwell as creative director for its private-label Free Assembly and Scoop brands.

Shares of the Bentonville, Ark., retail giant at last check were little changed at $133.55.

Maxwell will oversee four seasonal collections annually for Free Assembly and Scoop, Walmart said. He’ll begin by influencing the holiday 2021 collections before his full collections debut in Spring 2022.

He will drive the design of seasonal collections for men’s, women’s, children’s and accessories and be responsible for collection design and providing input into material selection, sourcing

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Designer Brandon Maxwell Takes The Reigns Of Walmart’s Most Style-Savvy Brands

Brandon Maxwell, whose sophisticated colorful designs are sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, has been named creative director at Walmart Inc., as the retail and digital giant tries to gain a firmer foothold in apparel beyond the basics it’s been known for.

Maxwell will oversee Free Assembly and Scoop, Walmart’s two exclusive elevated fashion brands. The role is a first for Walmart’s private brand apparel business, which aims to expanded its assortment of on-trend and accessible fashion to

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18 best watch brands to shop in 2021

Wrist-envy is real. And whether you like a minimalist leather strap or a metal bracelet adorned with sparkling stones, a watch is the best way to level-up any outfit. So, to that end, we’ve rounded up the best watch brands to know in 2021.

While watches can be a more expensive way to accessorise, the offerings are more inclusive than ever with hundreds of options starting from around £20. Of course, the higher up the designer scale you go with cult-classics such as Rolex, you can be working your way into the thousands, but expensive watches hold their value relatively

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How fashion brands and retailers are using podcasts

On March 10, fashion media brand Who What Wear will launch its latest podcast, “Who What Wear with Hillary Kerr.” It will explore the worlds of fashion and beauty through the lens of designers, stylists, executives and experts in both industries. Kerr, co-founder and chief content officer of Who What Wear, said she wants the podcast to be an audio extension of the Who What Wear site, with audio stories linking to text stories on the site and vice verse.

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Vintage finds its va-va-voom

The momentum around this thinking is legitimised, she says, by influencers such as Cate Blanchett or Lady Gaga, who recognise and celebrate iconic designs, and by exhibitions like the NGV 2016 blockbuster The House of Christian Dior – 70 Years of Haute Couture, which attracted 350,000 visitors.

“I carried a Lady Dior handbag for 10 years and nobody noticed. Suddenly, after the exhibition, the compliments started to roll in,” says Somerville. “It created a potent awareness of the legendary French house among a generation who suddenly saw the possibility of owning and wearing vintage pieces.”

Vintage fashion – defined

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