The NIKE x KITH Pop-Up Wipes Away Any Trace Of Atrium Starting Today

The writing was probably on the wall when sneaker curator Ronnie Fieg's KITH store continued to encroach on the once vibrant streetwear boutique known as Atrium at the corner of Broadway and Bleecker Street in NoHo.
Atrium had been beleaguered since some time before a brief but highly touted reinvention with menswear icon Nick Wooster fizzled a couple of years ago, and much of its traffic at that point was likely generated by the installation of Fieg's Kith store in the back half of the elegant, Beaux-Arts era bank space. Kith expanded last year, and Atrium finally expired a few weeks ago after a final clearance featuring an abundance of deeply discounted John Elliott's tees and sweats. While it seemed too much to ask for Kith to move forward and take over the rest of the cavernous marble lined space, that is exactly what has happened, at least for a while.
Today marks the opening of a NIKE x KITH pop-up store that has temporarily taken over what was left of Atrium's footprint. Fieg has joined forces with one of his key vendors which also happens to be at the forefront of buzzy special edition footwear launches, so if you don't feel like braving the inevitable lines for the shop's first day exclusives, the guard watching over the store yesterday told us that it would be there for six months. Fieg has combined with his preferred store design gurus at Snarchitecture to create an interior centered around stacks of shoeboxes. A new cereal bar is also expected to be included. Interactive components could be seen through the windows, but the whole store is being unveiled today.
The store opening will coincide with the release of two archival running shoe models from the 1990s, the Spiridon (pictured in the window above and after the jump) and the Talaria in special color ways to commemorate the Summer Olympics which also start today. Looking ahead, the store promises a revolving assortment of styles and special exclusives. Will it take the path of other pop-ups and become a permanent fixture? Nike does seem to always be on the hunt for more retail space in the city, but for the next six months, at least, it has an impressive showcase in a high profile location catering to a captive and coveted collegiate customer base in NYU territory. 

NIKE x KITH Pop-Up at 644 Broadway at Bleecker Street, NoHo
See the exclusive Nike Air Zoom Spiridon and Air Zoom Talaria after the jump

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Take A Sample Sale Break This Week, But Don't Miss Fivestory & Bandier

It's August, shoppers, which is generally the slowest sample sale month of all, if there even are any at all, but our friends at 260SampleSale, who are normally on hiatus this time of year, are powering through with multiple sales every week —and good ones.

Yesterday saw the sample sale debut of BANDIER , the latest, luxe athleticwear and (yes we'll have to use this irritating portmanteau) athleisure retailer to hit the spotlight. this warehouse sale is promising up to 80% off collections of athletic sportswear, shoes and accessories through Sunday at 260 Fifth Avenue at 28th Street in increasingly trendy NoMad. This should keep women well attired for yoga, spin or whatever their fitness endeavors require.

Down at 15o Greene Street, Uptown boutique  FIVESTORY is  offering another seasonal Off-Site sale starting today, August 3rd, featuring up to 80% Off Spring 2016 and previous seasons' merchandise. Regular of this event know to look for coveted designer labels like Balmain, Mugler, Roland Mouret and Giambattista Valli to name a few, and particularly shoes from labels like Nicholas Kirkwood, Aquazzura and Sergio Rossi. While the bulk of the offerings is expected to be for women, flyers for the store are also including childrenswear as well as menswear (which the store no longer actually carries). Shop through Sunday, but getting their as early as possible is always recommended.

finally, NICHOLAS K's month-long sample sale is slated to close on Saturday in SoHo if you are a fan who hasn't made it to that sale yet.

That's all for this week's notable sample sale offerings, but next week actually promises to be a bit bigger with Tamara Mellon's blowout-before-re-launch sale —rumored to be a can't miss event, as well as surprise accessory sales from Yohji Yamamoto Eyewear and hipster jewelry brand Miansai.


Dior Homme, Versace, Garrett Leight, TOMS, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Saint Laurent & More

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!

Jil Sander Navy, Pour La Victoire, Honeydew Intimates, Luca Roda, Antonio Maurizi, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy Accessories, Manoush, Melinda Maria Jewelry, Tracy Reese, St. Roche, MARC by Marc Jacobs Accessories, Saint Laurent, Sol Angeles, Dior Homme, J Shoes, Kent & Bond  —join HERE
Frye, J McLaughlin, Versace & VERSUS, Garrett Leight, Suzy Levian, Deborah Lippman Nails, WoodWick, Theia, Munro American, Calypso St. Barth, Earthrocks, L'Occitane —join HERE
TOMS, Meghan LA, LOVE Moschino, Jared Lang, Lucien Piccard, Ray-Ban, Vera Wang Lavender, Aquatalia, Fendi Watches, Mario Valentino, BLK DNM, Joie, OFRA Cosmetics, Foley + Corinna, Mac Duggal, Singer + Sargent, Tretorn —join HERE


Under Armour Appears To Have Won The The Former FAO Schwarz Space

It's been a tough fight, but it looks like rising athletic megabrand Under Armour has won out among the prospective tenants for the former FAO Schwarz store in the GM Building (pictured above). A couple of months ago, it seemed that Nike and Apple were vying for the space as a possible new home for NikeTown or as an above-ground expansion for Apple's 24-hour flagship store underneath the plaza in front of the building. Then, Under Armour stepped in as a surprise spoiler, and now C.E.O. David Plank has announced that the company will take 53,000 square feet of the former toy store on the ground and second floors of the building officially known as 767 Fifth Avenue. It's going to be a bit of a wait before we see what Plank is calling "the most breathtaking and exciting consumer experience ever conceived at retail" as the company is not taking possession of the space until sometime in 2018. Apple is still reportedly going to be using some of the space as a temporary store while it renovates its flagship under the iconic cube entrance, but it appears that Under Armour has won the contest to stake its claim as a brand worthy of one of the most high profile retail spaces in the city.

(Commercial Observer)
Turf Battle: Is Under Armour Fighting Nike And Apple For Space In The GM Building?



Bottega Veneta Returns To The Sale Scene
Sferra , Derek Lam, Isaia & Eidos

This is one of those weeks where there aren't a ton of sample sales, but the ones we do have are worthy of note.
Lets start with the heavy hitter: BOTTEGA VENETA
The famed Italian luxury brand hasn't had a sample sale for a full year, so there should be a good complement of merchandise available for eager sale shoppers. The two-day sale starts tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th, at its regular venue, the Metropolitan Pavilion promising all product categories for men and women including shoes, handbags, leather accessories, ready-to-wear apparel, jewelry and more. Expect the kind of frenzy typically associated with european luxury brand sales, although, hopefully we won;t be subjected to Hermès-level insanity. If you ever wanted one of those famous woven intrecciato bags, this would be your chance.

Back up a day to Tuesday, and you will still have plenty more luxurious Italian goods to shop on sale. The SFERRA sale which can rove between a few regular venues, will be landing at 260 Fifth Avenue today through Sunday featuring the sumptuous bed linens, bath towels, table linens and other home accessories you have come to know and love. Note that while the elaborately patterned damask bed linens can still come in at a hefty sum even with the discount, there are usually plenty of more affordably proved but no less fine sheet sets and other items to be found at the sale. It's a must-visit for anyone  who likes to keep a well-appointed bedroom and bathroom.

Also on Tuesday, the reliably luxurious ISAIA is launching its seasonal sale at 150 Greene Street in SoHo through Sunday. This sale is one of the most highly anticipated for sartorially-minded gentlemen who make it a point not to miss the discounts on the label's immaculately tailored Neapolitan suits and sport coats. Shirts, ties, accessories and other dress furnishings are typically included as well as luxurious sportswear items and shoes. As always, the brand's increasingly popular sibling brand EIDOS will also be on hand. Under new creative director Antonio Ciongoli, the more casual line has been gaining a devoted following to rival its progenitor, so look for more fans than ever.

Finally, also on Tuesday, Clothingline will be matching downtown designer favorite NILI LOTAN with DEREK LAM who will be offering both his main collection and more affordably priced 10 Crosby labels for a three day sale at its Garment District headquarters. Look for shoes and accessories along with apparel at this wide ranging sale.

Be sure to check out our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for hours and locations and any late-breaking sales. Next week looks light on sales, as is expected for August, but keep an eye out for Fivestory's seasonal off-site clearance sale and, hopefully, more to come.


LVMH Unloads Donna Karan International

screen shot: DKNY.com

After a relatively brief period of intensive rumors, French fashion and beverage conglomerate LVMH has sold its Donna Karan International brand for$650 million to G-III Apparel Group, only marginally more than the $643 million it paid for the company in 2001.
The division had long been the subject of rumors, as the parent company had never been able to grow its two labels, the designer level Donna Karan New York and contemporary positioned DKNY, in any decisive way. Last year saw the departure of the company's namesake, designer Donna Karan, and the closure of the signature designer collection in favor of focusing on the more broadly distributed DKNY brand. The installation of acclaimed Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chao to lead the label creatively was considered a bold move, but somewhat risky as the pair had made a splash in menswear but little relatively experience with women's apparel, especially in the highly commercial terrain that DKNY had always occupied. While LVMH has said it is happy with the results of the changes, others have reported a muted response to the new designs from customers. The two are still in the early stages of DKNY's revamp, having only shown two seasons for the label with the second, Fall 2016, just beginning to arrive in stores.
As for the buyer, G-III is one of America's most prominent apparel companies featuring a lengthy roster of owned, licensed and private label brands encompassing names ranging from Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Karl Lagerfeld to Jessica Simpson and Alyssa Milano. It often manufactures and distributes part of a brand's offerings, such as women’s sportswear, suits, dresses, performance wear, handbags, luggage and cold weather accessories for Calvin Klein under license, for example, while it owns outright brands like Vilebrequin and G.H.Bass and, now, Donna Karan and DKNY. It also operates retail stores for many of its labels, giving it a breadth of expertise that is well suited to the DKNY business as well as a market clout that could prove useful in growing the brand.
What plans are in store for Donna Karan's labels remain to be announced. It is expected that Osborne and Chao will remain at least through the closing of the sale sometime early next year. While the Donna Karan Collection remains suspended for now, it seems unlikely that G-III would be quick to revive it, as higher end designer apparel is somewhat outside the company's wheelhouse. In addition, LVMH leaders have long been rumored to be frustrated by designer Donna Karan's increasing attention to her personally owned lifestyle brand Urban Zen, which has already begun to appear in stores like Bergdorf Goodman as a replacement for the departed Donna Karan Collection. The Donna Karan Collection brand is not fully absent from the market with licensed home, hosiery, intimate apparel and fragrance collections ongoing, and items from the designer's final, Fall 2015 collection still available for purchase at DonnaKaran.com.
What is most unusual for LVMH is the selling of the division at all. The parent company is known for sticking by its owned designer brands until it finds the right creative approach to achieve commercial traction, often going through a succession of designers at brands like Céline, Loewe and even Givenchy over several years before hitting on a winning formula. This time, LVMH decided to walk away with little profit to show after 15 years, which may be either the exception that proves the rule or a signal of a new, less patient approach at one of the fashion industry's biggest players. At the very least, the sale now puts one of America's iconic fashion brands back in the hands of an American company, with a new, as yet unknown future ahead of it.



Oscar de la Renta at 80% Off, Alexis Bittar, Paul Smith, Moncler, Saint Laurent, Porsche Design, Diesel & More

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!

Oscar de la Renta, Dolce Vita, Alexis Bittar Fine Jewelry, Intimately Free People, Être Cécile, Aqua di Parma, Pauk Smith, Globe, Harding Lane, Mezlan, Antik Batik, Helen Kaminsky, La Prairie, Aidan Mattox, Rivkah Friedman Jewelry, Saint Laurent Paris, Clarins, J.Lindeberg, Prada, Room 101 Jewelry —join HERE
Moncler, Samuel B., Yumi Kim, FENDI, 7 For All Mankind, CATHERINE Catherine Malandrino, Movado, Robert Graham, L'Space, Porsche Design, Bobeau, Keratin Complex, Summer 4Ever Sale  —join HERE
Cynthia Steffe, Gorjana, UGG Australia, John Varvatos Men's Sun, Lucky Brand, Keds, Akribos XXIV, Johnny Was, Diesel, Bony Levy Jewelry, A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, Wolverine, Isaac Mizrahi —join HERE


Is Alber Elbaz Making A Comeback With Uniqlo?

Another rumor is making the rounds as the summer's dog days approach, and this time it's former Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz who is said to be in talks with Japanese chain Uniqlo for an unspecified collaboration.
If there is any designer among the slate of those currently benched that everyone wants to see back in action, it's Elbaz, but what, if anything, does he have in mind for Uniqlo? It wouldn't be the first time he has allied with a big chain, as he is a veteran of a Lanvin collaboration with H&M from a few years back. Both parties are predictably mum on the subject, and it may be a while before we hear any kind of official news about it due to the inevitable non-compete clauses and the fact that Elbaz has not completely settled his separation from Lanvin.The disposition of his equity stake in the company is yet to be determined. In the meantime, however we can just imagine how Elbaz could lend his unique sense of style to Uniqlo's famously utilitarian wares. It's not likely that we will see the mega-chain venturing into evening and cocktail dresses, but maybe we will see some cashmere sweaters with a little extra flair? Possibly there will be some tricked out denim separates to follow up the Lanvin/Acme collab of sessions past? Even some well designed t-shirts wouldn't be outside his wheelhouse, so the possibilities are promising. Stay tuned.

Is Alber Elbaz Joining Uniqlo? (WWD)


Adidas Said To Be Preparing Major Team-Up With Alexander Wang

An Alexander Wang look from Spring 2015 inspired by Adidas Stan Smith and Rod Laver sneakers

We're not sure if there is an official name for Alexander Wang fans (Wang-heads? That seems wrong.) but, according to WWD, they should start getting excited about now because a collaboration with Adidas is reportedly in the works. The collaboration would presumably be announced right after the designer's Spring 2017 show on September 10. Details of the rumored line are not yet available, and the principals are remaining mum at the time, but it is said to be conceived along the lines of the athletic-wear company's long running collaborations like the ones it continues to produce with Stella McCartney, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Pharrell Williams, Yohji Yamamoto and, of course, Kanye West, whose brand concept has just recently been fully fleshed out. Whether or not it will be under the main Alexander Wang, T by Alexander Wang or another newly created moniker remains to be seen, but it is guaranteed to leap to the top of the designer collaboration list whenever it materializes. Look for confirmation in the coming weeks, and think about what the designer who once created dresses that pay tribute to the iconic Stan Smith and Rod Laver tennis shoes (pictured at right) could do with a full collaboration line at Adidas.

Alexander Wang Said to Be Adidas’ Next Fashion Collaborator (WWD)


A Rare M·A·C Sale Hits Chelsea
Thomas Pink, Zachary Prell & Intermix

We may be heading into the slowest part of the year, Sample Sale-wise, but some of our hardworking venues are doing their best to keep things going with a mix of seasonal favorites and unexpected newcomers this week. Here are the highlights:

Over at Clothingline in the Garment District, British shirtmaker THOMAS PINK has been holding a four-day sale which started yesterday and runs through Thursday the 21st. Do we recall seeing a Pink sample sale in the past? Not really, so this may be a rare chance to pick up some smart shirts, ties & furnishings from the label at a deep discount. This one's mainly for the guys, though a small selection of women's items have been promised.

Fans of  JACK ROGERS's signature woven sandals will be heading to the label's showroom for 75% off a full size range of footwear plus clothing and accessories from a host of labels also found in the brand's boutiques. Shop through Friday the 22nd.

The big, rare event of the week is an unexpected and relatively unprecedented sample sale from the popular makeup brand M·A·C. From Tuesday the 19th through Friday the 22nd, look for throngs of eager fans to converge on the Metropolitan Pavilion for the brand's first ever Sample Sale, at least in New York. While we have often seen sample sales from makeup brands, we rarely see them from ones as big and beloved as M·A·C, so this is something of a major event. 60% discounts are promised on regular merchandise as well as special collaboration collections. Prepare to fight off crowds.

Our friends at 260SampleSale are offering a pair of summer sales that should keep two of their venues humming this week. At the main location at 260 Fifth Avenue, contemporary chain INTERMIX appears to be taking over the sadly departed Scoop NYC's warehouse sale slot. Look for 70% off women's apparel, shoes and accessories with plenty of summer time left to enjoy them.

Down at their Greene Street outpost, emerging menswear designer ZACHARY PRELL will be offering discounts on his refined, classic men's sportswear pieces. Both sales run through Sunday the 24th.

Be sure to keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for locations and hours as well as late-breaking events that we do our best to update as soon as we hear of them. Next week, look for sales from Derek Lam, Nili Lotan, Isaia, Eidos and an always welcome return of the Sferra sale.