THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Ferragamo, Reem Acra, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Adidas x Stella McCartney, Trina Turk, TOMS & More In Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Carolina Herrera, Salvatore Ferragamo, A.L.C., Reem Acra, Wolverine Boots, James Tattersall, King Baby, 7 for All Mankind, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, JoJo Maman Bèbè Maternity, Rebecca Minkoff, Adidas x Stella McCartney, 2(X)IST, Hudson Denim, Bruno Magli, Blind Barber  —join HERE
RUE LA LA
L*Space, Trina Turk, Meshmerise Jewelry, Valentino, Kate Spade New York, Cuisinart, Calphalon, Tempur-Pedic, Free People, Dr. Scholl's, Wacoal/B.Tempt'd, KUT for the Kloth, Tiffany & Co., E-Land, Philip Stein Watches, Kenneth Cole New York, RUE SAMPLE SALE —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Joe's Jeans, L*Space, Meghan LA, Roberto Cavalli Sunglasses, Aldo, Creative Recreation, Travis Mathew, Persaman, TOMS, Tularosa, Commando Intimates, Bony Levy Jewelry, Rogue, Tailorbyrd, Brera Watches, SPANX, Hobo, Eva Franco, Hale Bob, OOBERSWANK, New Balance, Levi's, Hart Schaffner Marx, Eton, Lacoste —join HERE

REVISITING RETAIL:

Anthony Thomas Melillo's First ATM Store Returns Him To Retailing

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That big new ATM sign on Bleecker Street is not meant to alert shoppers to a cash machine.
Fans of designer Anthony Thomas Mellilo's ATM collection of deceptively simple sportswear will be pleased to discover the label's first freestanding boutique on Bleecker Street. Opened last month, the sparely designed shop offers clean backdrop for one of the collections that helped launch the unfortunately named "athleisure" trend, but should also remind shoppers with longer memories of the store that first brought Melillo attention in the late 1990s. Back when the Lower East Side was becoming an infamous hipster epicenter, Nova USA by Tony Mellilo appeared on the corner of Stanton and Ludlow Streets. The men's sportswear line brought acclaim, but the usual challenges of being an independent designer made it a relatively short lived venture. Still, Melillo persisted, helping to relaunch classic brand Generra and putting out another eponymous men's collection before finally hitting the right groove with ATM in 2012. This time, he let other retailers like Barneys present his collection, but now that he has his own store once again, it seems like a circle has finally been closed. While his designs have evolved, his straightforward aesthetic remains consistent, showing his skill for making basics that don't look boring based around cleverly designed jersey knits. ATM evokes the ongoing appetite for athletic wear without making customers look like they didn't bother to change after yoga class. Look for the new shop at 405 Bleecker Street in what was once one of Marc Jacobs' series of boutiques between West 11th and Bank Streets.

(ATM)


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Snowstorm Be Damned! Sample Sales March On With Milly, Ghurka, Spyder & Sarah Jessica Parker

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There's little to stop a determined sample sale shopper. These are people who have been known to wait on the sidewalk for ridiculous amounts of time just for the chance to grab a coveted item at a discount, so, today's Winter Storm Stella will be just a minor inconvenience. While we don't have exact information on schedule changes due to the storm, 260SampleSale, a key promoter of such events has made it clear that they are open for business today which is a good thing since they are holding 2 notable sales this week.

Let's start however, with Clothingline in the Garment District where a big MILLY sale launched last night to run through Thursday. Expect the full range of Milly products, but don't dally. This label has a devoted cult customer.

Today, despite the sleet and ice, athletic label SPYDER (pictured above) will open its warehouse sale down at 260 Fifth Avenue. It's fitting, since performance ski and snowboarding gear is this brand's specialty. Fans and customers shouldn't be daunted by a bit of winter weather, and should be shopping through the weekend

Down at 260's SoHo location, the JIL SANDER NAVY diffusion collection is also launching its sale today featuring discounts on the luxury label's more affordable women's collection. Early reports have deep discounts putting most items well under $100 including accessories and shoes. Shop through the weekend.

Since the SJP by SARAH JESSICA PARKER shoe line shares a president with Manolo Blahnik, it's not surprising that the entrepreneurial actress is mimicking the celebrated shoe maestro's sample sale scheme. Her sale will be a one-day-only affair on Wednesday the 15th at the Warwick Hotel, so Manolo sale veterans should expect a similar set-up but perhaps without such rabid crowds. Parker's elegant shoes are something of a sleeper line, however, so plan ahead, and don't expect to simply sail in and out.

Finally, heritage leathergoods label GHURKA has switched its sample sale promoter to Soiffer Haskin which is where its rates sale will open tomorrow for three days through Friday the 17th. Look for savings up to 75% off including luggage as well as bags and accessories for men and women.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all details and any late-breaking events. Next week, look for events from Reiss, Berretta and more.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Miu Miu, Aquazzura, Bottega Veneta, Vince, Sandro, Maje & More In Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Miu Miu, Jonathan Simkhai, Escada, Brooks Brothers, Romano Martegani, Diesel, Bottega Veneta, Eugenia Kim, Sandro, Leo & Sage, Lafayette 148, Bedhead Pajamas, G-Star, Ben Sherman, Fendi —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Aquazzura, Magaschoni, Cinzia Rocca, LeSportsac, Zadig & Voltaire, Andy & Evan, Lanvin, Amrita Singh, TKEES, Maje, Tema, Shun Cutlery, Wilton Armetale —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Vince, Alexia Amor, RAGA, Unsimply Stitched, Bonobos, Hudson, Philosophy, Dogeared, Flynn Skye, Fergie, Berries Swim, Barbour, Descendent of Thieves, English Laundry, Nicole Miller, Loveappella, STILA, CARLOS by Carlos Santan, Marrakech, John Varvatos ★ USA, David Donahue, Lindbergh —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Aquatalia, Wolford & Kiton Keep The Sample Sale Schedule Going

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Images: Wolford via 260SampleSale

We missed a week on the sale beat, but we are back to remind readers that while we are a several weeks away from the schedule really heating up again, there are still a few worthwhile events happening .
Starting today, the stalwart 260SampleSales has two notable openings. At its home base on Fifth Avenue, WOLFORD will be offering the full array of its fabled hosiery, innerwear, bodysuits and more ((pictured above). This will be an excellent opportunity for its faithful cult of customers to pick up the pricey labels goods at a discount. They will be shopping through Sunday.
Downtown in SoHo, burgeoning Italian footwear brand AQUATALIA will be discounting both men's and women's collections (pictured below) through Sunday. With new creative director Edmundo Castillo on board, this sale should be a must-see for shoe mavens.
The menswear sale run kicks off this Friday when KITON arrives at Soiffer Haskin's midtown showroom for a four-day run. The celebrated Neapolitan brand will offer discounts on the full range of its luxurious offerings including sportswear, shoes, accessories and those famous hand-tailored suits. The sale is also promising a selection of women's apparel as well through Monday.
Finally, Brooklyn boutique IN GOD WE TRUST will be staging a final clearance all weekend in Greenpoint including a host of directional young designer labels for women and men.

Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for all sale details, locations and late-breaking events. Next week, look for sales from Milly, Spyder and the first SJP-Sarah Jessica Parker shoe sale.

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Images: Aquatalia via 260SampleSale

WANDER NO MORE:

Fendi Finds A Permanent Home On Greene Street

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After leading a nomadic existence for the past several years, Fendi's residency in SoHo will finally become permanent when it moves into its mew location for the foreseeable future at 99 Greene Street. The fabled Roman luxury brand has taken out 6,000 square feet where it will be able to spread out and present its full offerings after occupying a series of pop-up along the same road. Joining Fendi will be Italian outer and casual wear brand Herno which has also taken space in the building. As far as we can tell, this will be Herno's first U.S. store, designed to raise the European brand's status in the U.S. from cult label to mainstay. Both stores are expected to debut sometime this spring, and they will join a host of tony brands on the block including Dior, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo among others.

(Commercial Observer)


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, ATM, Armani, Dior & More In Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Halston Heritage, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Piazza Sempione, X by Gottex, St. Roche, Commando, Christian Dior, Le Specs, Tabitha Simmons, Maceoo, Antonio Maurizi, OXO, Modloft Furniture, BRIC's Matouk —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Joie, Lela Rose, Freida Rothman, Armani, Mia Belle Couture, Deborah Lippman Nail Care, Nambé, Cuddledown, Temour-Pedic, Susana Monaco, Absorba, Furla, Escada, Movado, Corso Como, Persol —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Cole Haan, GANT, Tavik, Timberland, ViX Swim, Cupcakes & Cashmere, Report, ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, Hickey Freeman, Joe Fresh, Nine West, Sugarlips, Tibi, Olivia Welles, Lovers + Friends, Kenneth Cole, New Denim, RUSH by Gordon Rush —join HERE

EXPANSION PLAN:

Saks Completes Its Downtown Scheme With Its Brookfield Place Men's Store

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Brookfield Place, the luxury mall in what was once called the World Financial Center, finally has its full complement of anchor stores as Saks Fifth Avenue opened its Men's Store last Thursday, joining the Women's Store that debuted in the complex last fall. Like its female counterpart, the one-level store does not attempt to replicate the men's offerings of the chain's massive Fifth Avenue flagship. While in years past, a separate men's store in the Financial District would have focused strongly on suits and classic haberdashery, not unlike the Barneys New York branch (that chain's first) which anchored the building's retail section when it was originally unveiled in the 1980s. This time, there are sneakers.
Of course, they are designer sneakers, but this Saks is going for the post-suit shopper with a lot of cash. With such limited space, tailored clothing is not totally ignored. There is a distinct section devoted to chain's mostly middle-of-the-road private label collection, but the excitement is a few steps away with a multi-brand department featuring more adventurous fashion. Saks has taken advantage of the store's relatively isolated location to offer several designer labels, like Dries van Noten, Thom Browne and Balmain, to name a few, not usually found uptown where the competition is closer and designers try to avoid blanket distribution. This leads us into a shoe section that is proportionally huge in relation to the size of the entire store. The selection proves that the craze for exorbitantly priced designer sneakers has not yet crested, but, for the moment, more traditional dress shoes still round out the offerings. As int he rest of the store, the emphasis is on the high end which puts it in line with the Women's Store's focus on directional international designers over bread-and-butter brands like Ralph Lauren or St. John.
Whether both stores will thrive in a not yet proven location where they are somewhat hidden from the main shopping concourse without prominent storefront exposure is still an open question. The mall seems to have steady traffic, at least on a weekday with well-paid workers ensconced in offices upstairs for a captive customer base, and between the Oculus stores, Brookfield Place, food destinations like Eataly and Le District and the stores to come in buildings that are yet to be completed, the Financial District may be making good on its promise to become a shopping destination for more than just tourists.

Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Store 250 Vesey Street, Brookfield Place, Financial District
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THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Shinola, Lanvin, Victorinox, Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, Persol, Papi & More In This Week's Flash Sales

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Judith Leiber, Shoshanna, Lanvin, Helmut Lang, Free People, Loeffler Randall, Persol, J Lindeberg, John Varvatos ★ USA, GBX, Lucca Couture, Stella McCartney, RED Valentino, Gucci, T3 Hair Tools, Dita Von Teese Intimates, 7 For All Mankind, Armani Collezioni, Mr. Turk, Austen Heller Footwear, Papi Underwear —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Lanvin, La Blanca, XCVI, Lucky Brand, LoveShackFancy, James Tattersall, Effy Fine Jewelry, TUMI, Joe's Jeans, Taryn Rose, Kerastase, Rochard Limoges —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Shinola, Parker, Ellen Tracy, GANT, Saint Laurent Eyewear, Kenneth Cole, Craft, Le Club Swim, Drifter, True Religion, Few Moda, Jeffrey Campbell, Affliction, PX Men, Crevo, All Saints, Hunter, Halston Heritage, Kate Somerville, NEST Fragrances, Rapidlash, Ron Tomson, Victorinox, GBX, Dakine —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

It's Time For Opening Ceremony's Big Brooklyn Blowout + Derek Lam & Fred Leighton

As we mentioned last week, its the off-season for sample sales, but this weekend should cause a but of a stir in the middle of the doldrums as shoppers will be flocking to Williamsburg for OPENING CEREMONY's seasonal sample sale and clearance event. This sale has bounced around Manhattan for years, but it seems to finally have found a steady location at Villain on North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, just an easy L train jaunt away. As always, the sale is expected to include a hefty amount of the SoHo retailer's eponymous collection overstock along with what's left of the store's clearance from Fall 2016 collections. Look for prices to reduce by Sunday, when shoppers with a sixth sense for finding needles in haystacks have been known to come away with hidden gems at giveaway prices. Shop from Friday through Sunday.

While nobody would be blamed for saving their pennies for that sale, there are still a few other worthwhile events happening this week. Today the 22nd, NORMA KAMALI is having another one of her signature one day sales at her midtown boutique with most items priced from $50to $100. Contemporary outerwear newcomers THE ARRIVALS are closing out their Crosby Street pop-up shop with a sale on all of its stock through Sunday the 26th. Look for wear-now savings on coats and leather jackets for men and women. DEREK LAM will be finishing off a three day sale through Thursday the 23rd at Clothingline in the Garment District featuring both his main and 10 Crosby collections. 260SampleSale is featuring its seasonal ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT sale at its home base on Fifth avenue, and stylish sportswear from GERARD DAREL and FIGUE at its Greene Street satellite location pin SoHo through Sunday.

Finally, if you aren't into trekking out to Brooklyn this weekend but you still have money burning a hole through your wallet (and we mean heaps of money), diamond specialists KWIAT and vintage master FRED LEIGHTON are taking over Soiffer Haskin's ample showroom this weekend from Saturday through Tuesday the 28th. These are two top names in the jewelry business, so along with some discerning bauble collectors, you should expect a high-security experience, so expect to check everything except your wallet, and make sure you have proper I.D.

As always, keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for updated locations and hours along with any late-breaking sales. Next week The Shoe Box starts its epic clearance, and later on, cult hosiery label Wolford will be offering its wares.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Moncler, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Rebecca Taylor, Calypso, Armani & More In This Week's Flash Sales

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Christian Louboutin, Temperley London, Bagatelle, Joe's Jeans, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Susana Monaco, Calvin Klein Underwear, Giorgio Armani, John Varvatos ★ USA, Tom Ford Eyewear, Mosmann Australia, Furla, Prada, Rebecca Taylor, Josie Natori, Mikoh Swimwear, Givenchy Accessories, Kenneth Jay Lane, Schutz, McCarren & Sons, Toscano, Sandro, Moncler —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Anne Cole, Lafayette 148, SPANX, Keen, Urban Decay, Guerlain, Jimmy Choo, Mariposa, TailorByrd, BabyBjorn, Jack Rogers, Vilebrequin, CHARLES Charles David, Sophie Catalou, Letters by Zoe, FINE by Superfine, Amorium —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Gucci Jewelry & Sunglasses, Vince Camuto Collection, Joe's Jeans, Religion, Aldo, NYDJ, Nine West, PUMA, Calypso St. Barth, Onia Swim, Jack Rogers, Shahida Paredes, Burnside, Philip Stein Watches, Dolce Vita, Wildfox, Few Moda, Stella McCartney Sunglasses, Quiksilver, Creative Recreation, Peter Millar, Mitchell & Ness —join HERE

SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Signs Of Sale Life With Ralph Lauren Home, Want Les Essentials & More

The dead of winter is also the dead of the sample sale season, so think of the next few weeks as a time to rest your wallet and save up for when the schedule starts heating up again later in the springtime. In the meantime, there are a few bright spots happening this week.

The folks at 260SampleSale have been keeping their venues well stocked even during the slow months. A their 260 Fifth Avenue home base, Italian footwear label BRUNO MAGLI will be in residence through Sunday the 19th offering 75% off luxury shoes for Men and Women. Downtown on Greene Street, online multi brand retailer THE LINE will be offering its final clearance goods at 75% off including designers like Manolo Blahnik, Proenza Schouler, Altuzzara and more through Sunday.

Staring today, Wednesday the 15th, the Want Agency  is holding its seasonal clearance sale in SoHo on Wooster Street featuring its core brand, WANT LES ESSENTIELS de la VIE, as well as SWIMS, TOMORROWLAND and MAISON KITSUNÉ.

Finally, the colossal RALPH LAUREN HOME sale starts up on Thursday the 16th at Metropolitan North Pavilion featuring tons and tons of stuff. Look for plenty of the designer's furniture taking up most of the space as well as his top bed and bath and tabletop collections. Home accessories and gifts are also usually featured as well as antiques and select gift items. Past sales have also included decorative items from the Ralph Lauren visual merchandising warehouse as well as bolts of raw decorative fabrics at deep discounts. Serious shoppers should be advised that shipping is available on site by an independent operator not affiliated with either Ralph Lauren or Soiffer Haskin, who is presenting the sale.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for times and locations as well as any late-breaking events. In coming weeks, look for sales from Derek Lam, The Shoe Box and more.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Gucci & More In This Week's Flash Sales

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Diesel, Wall + Water, J.Lindeberg, Hanro, Naked Cashmere, Oscar Blandi Hair, Canada Goose, Jared Lang, Seychelles, Gucci, MARC by Marc Jacobs, Maurizio Bedding, Waterford, BergHOFF —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Nakamol Chicago, Calphalon, Tommy Bahama, Under the Nile Babies, Stuart Weitzman, J.McLaughlin, STEVEN by Steve Madden, Chloé Fragrance, Lagos, Michele  —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Joie/Soft Joie, Lagos, Etienne Marcel, Hobo, Rogue, Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham, Frye, Meghan LA, Good Man Brand, Zanerobe, MOTHER, Franco Sarto, Lana Fine Jewelry, Sincerely Jules, Kenneth Cole New York, MCM, Junk de Luxe      —join HERE

FLAGSHIP FLASH:

Apple To More Than Double The Size Of Its 5th Avenue Flagship

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We have known for months that Apple was planning a major renovation for its busiest 24-hour flagship store on Fifth Avenue, but now comes word that the refresh will include a doubling of the store's size from 32,000 to over 77,000 square feet —and it's going to take a while. Apple's current store incorporates what was once a below-grade open-air plaza in front of 767 Fifth Avenue, better known as the General Motors Building. one presumes that the renovation will capture basement, or possibly sub-basement space that is beneath the GM Building itself, which should be an elaborate feat. None of the changes are expected to be visible from the street, and the view of the signature "Cube" entrance should remain unchanged. As earlier reported, Apple will be temporarily taking over a substantial part of the former FAO Schwarz store in the GM Building along West 58th Street (pictured above) while renovations proceed, but it is expected to be there until well into 2018, meaning that it will be a while before the space's next designated tenant, Under Armour, is able able to take over and build out its own store.

(Commercial Observer)


TRANSFORMATIONS:

Raf Simons Has Introduced A New Logo For Calvin Klein

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Three iterations of the Calvin Klein logo from the original (top), the early 1990s tweak (middle) and the new Raf Simons update (bottom)

There is always a highly anticipated reveal at every Fashion Week, which has only been accelerated by the revolving doors in front of so many major designer labels. Runway followers will anxious to see if the Monse designers can save Oscar de la Renta, as well as if Carolina Herrera can recover from her battle with them. The biggest news on New York, however, is the debut of Raf Simons as Calvin Klein's new creative director. While Simons' long running men's collection gave a much needed boost to New York Fashion Week Men's last week, His debut at Calvin Klein is the big news, and while the designer has kept his activity pretty quiet, he has started to hint at how he will remake the iconic American label, starting with a simple signal that he is reviewing every detail; a new logo.
Readers of early delivering March magazines like Vanity Fair may have noticed a pair of new ads for jeans and underwear that departed dramatically from the brand's signature sexy aesthetic. Rather than close shots of sexy models, tha ads show long shots taken of models from behind as they survey major artworks at the Rubell Family Collection museum in Miami. The most striking change, however is the logo in an all-caps sans serif font that subtly signals a major change (pictured on the bottom in the image above).
Calvin Klein's familiar logo has been remarkably consistent over the previous decades of the company's existence. Ralph Lauren, whose business began at relatively the same time, has cycled through several logo iterations for his various collections over the years, by comparison. Nearly 40 years old (pictured at the top in the above image), the crisp, modern font of the Calvin Klein mark has aged remarkably well, and has only been significantly altered once, in the early nineties (middle logo in image) with a subtle tweak of its proportions by the graphic maestro of that moment, Fabien Baron. The logo has remained otherwise untouched until this past Friday, when Simons' new version has made its debut not only in magazine pages, but on the top of the homepage at CalvinKlein.com and on the brand's Instagram and Twitter pages. Created in collaboration with noted graphic designer Peter Saville, it is officially meant to be "A return to the spirit of the original. An acknowledgement of the founder and foundations of the fashion house."
The last time such a well known logo was changed was when Hedi Slimane decided to rebrand the prêt-à-porter collections at Yves Saint Laurent as simply Saint Laurent, with a label based on the original Saint Laurent Rive Gauche logo that caused an ongoing uproar among fans of the brand. It's not likely that Simons redesign will cause as much drama, but it will serve the same purpose to delineate and officially identify the new designers' vision from that of his forerunners. It may not be the only labeling and repositioning move that Simons has in store. Just a couple of weeks ago, Simons made waves with the discovery of an otherwise unknown new division, Calvin Klein by Appointment, opening to the public the company's custom division which had previously only been available to actresses in need of red carpet attire. The division was announced on social media and with a special group of ads in the Sunday New York Times photographed by longtime Simons collaborator Willy Vanderperre. Those ads also carried a different font, one that reflected the original logo before the 90s era tweak. Part of Raf Simons' new responsibilities at Calvin Klein is to unify the company's disparate design directions under one strong aesthetic. The new men's and women' collection lines will finally be unveiled together next week, possibly with more information about how Simons will be revamping Calvin Klein's offerings.