Style Notes: Lululemon Does Workwear; Glamour, Lane Bryant Partner for Collection
Lululemon Opens "Lab" Store to Sell Workwear [Refinery29]
It's no secret that women love to wear Lululemon's leggings beyond the gym — and now the athletics retailer is taking that trend a step further by opening a "Lab" offshoot that sells workwear. After the success of the first Lab store, which opened in Vancouver, the retailer is bringing the concept store to New York City. While the Vancouver store sells "outdoorsy" apparel suited for the city, New York's Lab store will focus on work-to-play pieces designed by Marcus Le Blanc, whose résumé includes stints at Theory and John Varvatos. Unfortunately, pieces will not be sold online.
Lane Bryant and Glamour Collaborate on Multidimensional Fashion Project [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Glamour magazine and plus-size retailer Lane Bryant are collaborating on a new print, digital and retail experience, including a clothing collection which will be available this fall at Lane Bryant stores. Additionally, Glamour will run two plus-size specific special-interest issues (the first starring Ashley Graham on its cover), and its website will run a three-part video series created by Lane Bryant titled "How to Wear Everything You've Been Told Not To."
American Apparel Hires Former Liz Claiborne CEO as Chairman [Los Angeles Times]
Former Liz Claiborne CEO Paul R. Charron has been appointed as American Apparel's chairman, joining the struggling retailer's board of directors. The board will continue to try and execute a turn-around plan put in place by CEO Paula Schneider. The company, which filed for bankruptcy in October, was almost bought out by investors backing founder Dov Charney; however, the courts ultimately approved of a restructuring plan and turned down the buyout offer.