This Week In Fashion: The STLFW Kickoff Party Happens Thursday And Brown Shoe Company Acquires Franco Sarto

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Events

StreetScape Magazine presents the Revolution Fashion Show on Saturday, March 29 at 6:30pm. In cooperation with Lindenwood University’s fashion design program, the show will feature designers Fink Handmade Garments, Lauren Bander, Suzanne Lay and more. It will take place at the Foundry Art Centre at 520 North Main Street in St. Charles and tickets range from $25-$35. 314-605-7193

FGI St. Louis hosts their next Fashion Visionaries Luncheon on Monday, March 31 from 11:30am-1pm, starring industry veteran Rick Bennet. Bennet is set to discuss his expansive history in the retail environment that began with a 27-year stint at May Department Stores. The event will be held at The Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center at Washington University, Room 340, at 1 Brookings Drive. Parking and lunch is included with the ticket price of $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Space is limited; view their website for tickets and information.

Style Bits

Photo courtesy of FrancoSarto.com

Photo courtesy of FrancoSarto.com

In an effort to increase growth in the area of contemporary fashion, Brown Shoe Co. announced their official acquisition of shoe and handbag brand Franco Sarto for $65 million. The line joins a slew of successful brands, including Sam Edelman, Via Spiga and Naturalizer. “We have been interested in strategically shifting away from licensed brands and adding more owned brands to our portfolio,” says President, Chairman and CEO Diane Sullivan. “The addition of Franco to our own portfolio will enable us to fuel the long-term growth in our contemporary fashion platform.”

Mens Warehouse has purchased Jos. A. Bank for a staggering $1.8 billion, ending a drawn-out bidding war of ownership between the two menswear giants. With this acquisition, the combined Men’s Wearhouse/Jos. A. Bank will trail only Macy’s, Kohl’s and J. C. Penney for volume in menswear, according to WWD.

Calling all St. Louis guys! MensUnderwearStore is on the lookout for several fine gents in the area to model product for one of the largest underwear and loungewear retailers in the world—mensunderwearstore.com—and its St. Louis storefront, Boxers on Washington Avenue. The ongoing opportunity will have several lucky guys modeling name brand, quality garments from the likes of Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani and Diesel.

  • Qualifications include: A fit, athletic build and at least 5’10” tall.
  • Contact: Email models@mensunderwearstore.com with several photos of yourself for consideration.

Nordstrom has launched an exciting collaboration with Fashion Project in an effort to make everyone’s most dreaded spring time chore—cleaning out your closet—a bit easier.  When participants donate five qualifying items to Fashion Project,  proceeds will benefit a registered 501(c)3 charity of the participant’s choice, and you will also receive a $40 Nordstrom Gift Card. Fashion Project even sends you the shipping materials, so it’s about as hassle-free as it gets; plus you get the bonus of knowing that your donation will go to a great cause! For more information on how to participate, visit Nordstrom Fashion Project on the web.

Shop Talk

Trunk: Make. Shop. Dress. Local launches a new sale series on April 10. The first of a quarterly pop-up boutique will feature local and regional brands, many of which are produced in St. Louis. Stop by Moxi Enterprises, 1939 South Vandeventer from 7-10pm on Thursday, April 10 to browse Andy J., Suzanne Lay, Devil City, Laura Kathleen, Jacqueline Nicole, Paulie Gibson and more! 314-771-5222

STLFW News

  • Fabric: Saint Louis Fashion Week Kickoff Party takes place this Thursday at 6pm at St. Louis Public Radio on 3651 Olive Street. The event includes complimentary beer and wine from 6-7pm, a panel discussion on fashion in St. Louis and a cocktail reception and presentation by Skif International and Project:Design! finalist Q Liu. Only 100 tickets will be available for this event, and it is one not to miss!
  • STLFW Board member Ellen Soule has been elected President of our local FGI chapter. She precedes Emily Huey, who is stepping down after three years of leadership.
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