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Michael Kors going cruelty free

Michael Kors has recently announced they are becoming cruelty-free. Michael Kors has recently said he plans on going cruelty-free which will kick into full effect by the end of December 2018, with plans already starting to begin now to slowly phase it out.

The American luxury brand, in the past had featured models wearing luxurious fur coats down the runway in the past, has joined the growing list of fashion companies who are looking to alternative methods in creating clothes after coming under severe pressure and criticism from animal rights activists.

“This decision marks a new chapter as our company continues to evolve its use of innovative materials,” said John D. Idol, Michael Kors’ chairman and chief executive, in a statement.

“Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur,” added designer Michael Kors. “We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”

Gucci has been the most recent brand, prior to Michael Kors, to please on dropping fur from its collection back in October, joining other brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Armani, which have all recently gone fur-free.

With big brands switching to fur-free, there still is a predominant use of fur being used in the collection, according to Fur Information Council of America spokesperson Keith Kaplan. Kaplan adds, “Nearly 70 percent of major designers included fur in their Autumn/Winter 2017 collections.”

“In the pre-Fall 2018 showings currently underway, fur continues to maintain a major presence, because innovative new techniques in fur processing and production allow designers a breadth of creative possibilities unmatched by any other textile,” said Kaplan. “Designers and consumers also recognize the value of fur as a natural and sustainable product, as well as the artisanal craft skills that make each fur piece unique, [which is] especially important as consumers become more aware of the environmental and social costs of mass-produced fast fashion.”

The announcement came soon after animal rights activists interrupted Kors’ speech back in June, where he was giving a speech in a packed theatre at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of art. Over 20 protestors ended up taking the stage and balcony, shouting and playing sounds of animals being killed for fur, which ended up shutting the event down for approximately ten minutes.

Kors Planning $1 Billion Men’s Brand

via fashiontimes.com
via fashiontimes.com

CEO and Chairman of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, John Idol, previously mentioned to WWD, that he would be expanding on to the menswear aspect and he indeed is following up with his words. A report in seekingalpha.com, earlier this year mentions that Michael Kors Holdings is growing fast into a global luxury lifestyle brand. The woman’s line is indeed affordable, but at the same side grants a high end casual approach. The shift towards menswear was inevitable.

Carried in over 450 stores in 35 different countries, big things are happening for Michael Kors. With the new global menswear president being Mark Brashear, former Hugo Boss Americas CEO, 2015 shall be a promising year for Kors.

Plans for a $1 billion dollar goal with the welcoming of the new CEO. The line shall include watches, apparel and other leather goods to be on the look out for. Have you noticed the popular iPad cases? Although, Michael Kors is adored by many woman, will Kors dominate the Menswear industry?

 

 

Macy’s Trending for Spring/Summer 2014

The newest fashion trends for the spring and summer are bright colors, and relaxing styles. Colored loafers are back in season, so are casual oxfords and boat shoes. These new styles show an image of cool and casual because now the code of “dressed to impress” consists of shorts and a seersucker blazer. Also new light materials are being shown off to give breathability to your everyday clothing by featuring very light and airy fabrics with colors and patterns you would see on a holiday trip to the Hamptons, Miami, or Italy. There is absolutely nothing missing from these styles to back up your globe-trotting and high end lifestyle, except for maybe a beautiful female by your side. But that might be an option that will come later, after the clothes are worn and observed.

Trending now are the brighter pastel colored shorts, polo’s and blazers with a weekend casual vibe. The top designers who are already showing off their casual spring and summer collections are Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Tallia, and Nautica. Each has its own style, however the most uniquely designed piece is the Hugo Boss blazer with zipper shoulder sleeves which can be taken off and made into a vest. So with Hugo Boss, whether it’s chilly or hot the same blazer can be used and worn in a multitude of ways. Casual formal with the full blazer, rocker-hip with the sleeves unzipped to form a vest, or just with a t-shirt in both scenarios. Spring is in the air and summer is coming. Bright cool colors and fabrics are going to be all over the streets soon, so why not get your jump on the seasons fashion now? Don’t be a follower, be the trendsetter this season!

Michael Kors and Luxottica ink 10 year licensing deal!

Michael Kors, a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. Luxottica, a global leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear, have just announced a 10 year licensing agreement. This partnership will enable Luxottica to produce the fashion eyewear for the Michael Kors collection, and MICHAEL, the Michael Kors line of eyewear. Beginning with the Spring 2015 collections to be produced January 2015, the new licensed eyewear will be carried around the globe in Michael Kors stores, department stores and major retailers and boutiques.

Luxottica already produces their own sunglasses lines that include Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Oliver Peoples. While their licensed brands are the cream of the crop with names like  Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, and Versace.

Each side is looking forward to the arrangement and being fortunate to be able to expand their own brand presence. According to the news release on the Michael Kors website, “We have achieved great success in the eyewear business and believe that our new partnership will further enhance our luxury image in the optical and sunglass marketplace,” said John D. Idol, CEO of Michael Kors. “Luxottica is the industry leader in eyewear through their commitment to design and quality which makes them the perfect partner for our luxury brand.” Luxottica stated that “We are very excited and proud to be entering this new partnership with Michael Kors, one of the most powerful American luxury lifestyle brands in the world,” said Andrea Guerra, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica Group. “Michael Kors has a major influence in fashion, with products that are exciting to luxury audiences globally. We are confident that this partnership will have great success.”

It’s a ten year agreement, so it’s not a short term test or a single date between two industries, it’s a long term relationship that can and should have substantial financial and brand benefits to both. We will just have to see how this relationship turns out.