We've been anxiously awaiting the new CFDA Design Edition khakis at the GAP. Not as much as the white shirts, but still we're excited. Even better, we just learned that GAP's Patrick Robinson along with designers Alexander Wang, Albertus Swanepoel, and the Vena Cava girls Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai will all be at the 54th and 5th store on Tuesday at 10:30 to say hi and launch the collection. The lines will be likely be major. Go early, or risk going home empty-handed. And if you pick up one of Alexander Wang's motorcycle jackets for us while you're there, we'll love you forever.
Vena Cava to Collaborate With Uniqlo
Vena Cava's Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock announced Wednesday at Fashion Group International's panel on entrepreneurship that they will be collaborating with Uniqlo. It's a juicy little tidbit of news that we nearly missed because the designers mentioned it so offhandedly (luckily Fashion etc., didn't and reminded us). Collaborating with brands is nothing new for Vena Cava. They've partnered in the past with Gap, Aqua for Bloomingdale's and Converse. The Gap collab was a struggle, Sophie said, because "Vena Cava is not a khaki brand", and she and Lisa are "pretty far from preppy." The design duo went on to weigh out the pros and cons of doing collaborations--one the one hand, lower-priced collaborations with big brands are a great way to reach the mass market and a new audience, and bottom line, make money, but they would never want work on a collaboration that wasn't true to their brand.