Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes, have launched a new collection for Macy’s. The line, aptly titled Material Girl, will feature rock and roll styles, including leather, lace and denim, at a wallet friendly price point.
The collection which launches August 3rd, across the country, features looks that are reminiscent of those Madonna has worn throughout her career. Including a denim motorcycle jacket, high-waisted skinny jeans, and a denim band jacket.
The price point for the collection ranges from $12-40, with special items for as much as $80. While the collection is a nod to the styles made famous by Madonna, it was really the brainchild of her 13 year old daughter, Lourdes. The singer said, “My role was really to make sure we were all going in the right direction and it was a line that I could stand behind and be proud of and feel good about — and one that she could also feel represented her. I really like the way Lola dresses, and I think this line is absolutely an extension of her taste.”
Established a year ago, the division soft launched a new premium denim and sportswear label globally last spring, called Levi’s Made & Crafted, with a full rollout coming for fall. Additionally, the existing Levi’s Vintage Clothing label, which offers high-end replica designs from the company’s archives, was expanded into a more comprehensive collection this year.
“The aim of this division is to conquer a piece of the market that Levi’s has struggled to reach, with truly premium, elevated product,” said Maurizio Donadi, global senior vice president at Levi’s XX. “This is something that is very dear to Levi’s, and we want to become a big player in the premium market. We are bringing some of the romance and poetry of denim back to the Levi’s brand — the brand that invented the blue jean.”
The Levi’s Made & Crafted label effectively replaces the Levi’s Capital E business, which was the premium label offered in the U.S. from 2006 to the end of last year. Overseas, Levi’s Made & Crafted subsumes a number of different premium ranges. The move represents Levi’s efforts to consolidate and focus its premium offerings under one global label as the brand works to expand its foothold in a market where it faces a raft of trend-savvy competitors such as Seven For All Mankind, True Religion and Diesel.
Levi’s Made & Crafted jeans retail from $150 to $225, with jackets at $175 to $495, leather from $750 to $850, woven shirts from $125 to $225, T-shirts from $59 to $69 and non-denim bottoms from $150 to $200.
The label will be in 62 North American men’s accounts and 178 men’s doors this fall, including Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, American Rag, Sharon Segal at Fred Segal Santa Monica, Scoop and Steven Alan. In women’s, it will be in 53 accounts and 90 doors (73 percent of Levi Strauss & Co. business was in men’s last year).
Barneys was among the stores to launch Levi’s Made & Crafted last spring in all 28 doors. “Capital E was a strong performer for us, and this was a business we really wanted to protect. It was essential that Levi’s be part of our matrix. It’s one of our biggest brands in denim,” said Samantha Carter, the retailer’s associate buyer for men’s denim. “The washes are clean, the pocket treatments are clean and we’ve had a very positive reaction to the line.”
Barneys also launched the newly expanded Levi’s Vintage Clothing collection in eight doors in the spring, and is betting bigger on that business for fall, bringing it into 24 doors.
Article and images from WWD.com
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