Today, KCD will host its seasonal open house, where market editors, stylists and other fashion types will be given the opportunity to see the latest collections from the PR powerhouse’s roster of brands—including Givenchy, Chloe and Marc by Marc Jacobs—up-close.
Mostly everyone attends KCD’s press day because it’s filled with great brands that magazines (and, increasingly, websites) want to shoot. That’s why it’s such a coup for three-year-old accessories line Reece Hudson to show its Fall 2013 collection alongside KCD’s clients. As an emerging label, the company can’t afford to pay KCD a monthly retainer for representation. But designer Reece Solomon and business partner Max Stein are mentored by KCD senior vice president of public relations, Renee Barletta, through the CFDA incubator program.
As one half of design duo Reece Hudson (the other being her partner Max Stein), Reece Solomon knows how to get things done–and done well. Since graduating from Parsons just three years ago, Reece has turned her line of expertly crafted leather handbags into one to watch. And the industry has taken notice in a major way. Last summer, the CFDA chose Reece Hudson as one of latest recipients to occupy its Fashion Incubator Studios in NYC garment district, along with receiving free business consultations from NYU. We’ve been dying to know what’s happening for Reece now that she’s settling into life as a CFDA incubatee–as well as what’s next for Reece Hudson– so we grilled her on how she’s “making it” in fashion today.
What was the inspiration behind starting your own brand?
Since I was little I have always wanted to have my own brand, and I knew that it was something I wanted to start at a young age, not later in my career. Also, when I graduated Parsons in 2009, the economy was terrible and thus the job market. So I kind of felt that if I couldn’t find the job I wanted I might as well try to create it for myself.
Twenty-one year old Chanel Iman is not a little girl anymore. In a new fashion film directed by Jenna Elizabeth for handbag label Reece Hudson, the Victoria’s Secret model plays a cheated on lover set on revenge. After drugging the cheating bastard and tying him to a bed, she gets undressed, naturally, and as the Read more →
The CFDA has just announced those 10 promising young designers who will be moving into the CFDA’s garment district Fashion Incubator studios next May, WWD is reporting.
The program launched in 2010 with a $200,000 grant from the city and is now underwritten by Target. Chosen designers are provided with several hundred square foot studios priced well below market value ($1,500-$2,000). It’s a major help for a designer just starting out, allowing them to take the exorbitant amount of money they may have been spending on rent and put it into their business. It’s also just a great way for a young designer to get on the CFDA’s radar. This year, however, the program will do more than just give designers a place to work, starting with the program’s first members, which include Prabal Gurung, Sophie Theallet, Waris Ahluwalia and others.
They are the first beneficiaries of a new partnership with NYU’s Stern Consulting Corps., a selected group of NYU Stern M.B.A. students who will provide full business mentoring to the incubatees. They’ll help the designers develop “full financial statements, cash flow projections and investor-ready business plans.” This added business incubation component may prove even more beneficial to the designers in the long term–especially in a time when even the most talented designers can fail as the result of poor business practices.
So, who are the lucky 10?
For the New Year, we’ll forgo resolutions about what we will do and focus instead on what others should. (Less personal responsibility always better.) Since we’re all for the welfare of this industry and the designers who fuel it, we’ve crafted a list of dream collaborations which could generate huge buzz and dollars. Or maybe not. Read on, enjoy and pray with us that the Fashion God’s make this happen.