WWD just announced that Temperley has designed a little apple purse made of napa leather and metallic python, of which only 25 were produced. They're hoping it creates a bit of buzz for holiday. But earlier this year, Hermes came out with their own apple purse, this time a candy apple green color on lambskin replete with a little knife, for kicks. Coincidence? Or does Temperley think their customers don't shop at Hermes, therefore will never know their $1,000 purse is actually somebody else's cute idea? You decide. Editor's Note: Brett just pointed out that Missoni also did an apple purse for Spring 05 as part of a fruit scheme.
Breaking Biz News: LVMH Takes Another Bite Out of Hermes, VF Buys Rock & Republic
Big brands love using the holiday season as a time to make major acquisitions. Usually, they wait until a day or two after Christmas, when everyone's still climbing out of that Honey-Baked Ham hole. However, this year, the big guns are coming out long before A Christmas Story will even appear on TNT. To start the morning off right, VF announced their plans to acquire bankrupt denim label Rock & Republic for $57 million.