In fashion news this week: Raf Simons unveils limited edition sweater for The Woolmark Company, you can now customise your Fendi handbag
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After collaborating with The Woolmark Company on his autumn/winter ‘17/’18 New York show, fashion designer Raf Simons has further marked the occasion by creating a limited edition wool sweater featuring the words ‘I Love Tokyo’ sprawled across the front in Japanese text. Available exclusively at Ginza’s Dover Street Market store in Tokyo from November 30, the sweater is made from 100 per cent Merino wool spun in Italy and calls on elements of the designer’s autumn/winter ‘17/’18 ready-to-wear collection, combined with his love of Japanese culture. “These limited-edition sweaters perfectly connect Raf Simons’ design aesthetic with his love for Tokyo, united by the world’s most luxurious Merino wool,” says Stuart McCullough, The Woolmark Company managing director [Vogue inbox]
You can now customise your Fendi – from the leather, hardware and iconic F logo to the silk twill wrappy and the straps of your Fendi Kan I bag – following the Roman fashion house’s most recent collaboration with digital retailer, Farfetch. A first for the brand, president and CEO Pietro Beccari explains the decision to allow customisation comes from the understanding that it is “unique opportunity to showcase our daring creativity and pioneer spirit in a new digital and modern way, combining our client’s needs of luxurious exclusivity with the Maison’s perfect blend of tradition and innovation.” Available exclusively online at Farfect.com from November 29, customers will be able to mix and match everything from the hue to their choice of embellishment – with up to 120 possible combinations to choose from. [Vogue inbox]
For the first time since the Australian brand’s inception in 2012, MacGraw will be made available to customers in the Middle East both online and in-store via global luxury retailer, Boutique 1. Everything from the brand’s emblematic ruffled dresses to their ruched-sleeve shirts will hit the shelves of the retailer’s carefully curated Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Lebanon stores alongside brands including The Row, Elie Saab and Giambattista Valli. The move comes just in time for the restock of two of MacGraw’s most lust-worthy, waitlisted pieces – the Sloan and the Blue Swan Cathedral dress. [Vogue inbox]
The Sydney suburb of Paddington is set to welcome modern Australian jewellery label, Sarah & Sebastian’s first brick-and-mortar store. Complete with display cabinets that transition from clear glass to mirror and a custom built jeweller’s bench, the duo collaborated with Mark Landini of Landini Associates on the décor and design of the store with the aim that it transcends the traditional retail space experience. Located on Oxford Street, you will be able to shop both Sarah & Sebastian’s core collection and their specialty pieces from November 30. [Vogue inbox]
In the true spirit of the festive season and in celebration of Christmas, Cotton On have launched Gift’s That Count, a gift giving initiative aiding local Southern Ugandan communities in need. Pins in the form of everything from an avocado to a school book and a bicycle will be made available both online and in select Cotton On mega stores and are representative of the items that will be provided to disadvantaged youth with each purchase. “We are 100% committed to providing tangible outcomes as a result of this initiative,” says the brand’s general manger, Tim Diamond. “For example, if we sell 100 bike pins we will be gifting 100 bikes to children in need.” With prices starting at just $5, they make the perfect stocking filler, whether you gift them to a loved one or choose to wear them proudly on your chest. [Vogue inbox]