RUFF LIFE: Pandora is the latest brand to tap into the bubbly market for high-end pet accessories: bone, heart and paw charms are the most striking feature of the Danish jeweler’s pet collars , available in two colors and four sizes.
“Cuteness overload, guaranteed,” purrs its press release, noting that “proud pet parents will now have the ability to coordinate with their four-legged friends like never before.”
Luxury brands have branched out into pet accessories over the past year amid a spike in pet ownership during the pandemic and a trend that has seen millennials spending more money. money for their cats and dogs. In the UK alone, an estimated 3.2 million households have acquired a pet since the start of the coronavirus health crisis.
Recent entrants to the category include Celine, Gucci, Versace, Moschino and Dsquared2.
The global pet products market, excluding food, is expected to grow by more than $10 billion between 2020 and 2025, when it is expected to reach $36.89 billion, according to Euromonitor International.
Pandora’s pet collars are part of its Fall 2022 Moments collection, built around its collectible charms, the dangling designs echoing some of the designs sported on human wrists, necks and earlobes.
Pandora’s focus group surveys of 3,600 consumers in the United States, Italy and China revealed strong interest in pet products.
“As a brand whose purpose is to give voice to people’s loves, we wanted to meet that demand and provide pet owners with the ability to accessorize their furry friends,” said Sampo Emil Salonen, brand manager Moments. “We have also seen others enter this space, however, we have designed a wide range of products that are uniquely Pandora.”
Salonen noted that designing pet accessories “brought new considerations to our process where we worked with a unique set of materials to create products that fit them.”
Pandora’s creative directors opted for a plant-based, leather-like material for the adjustable necklaces and lightweight stainless steel for the charms, or tags, which can be engraved with messages and other details.
Salonen noted that the collars contain up to 76% bio-based fibers and corn-based resin, covered with a mold- and bacteria-resistant viscose-based fabric.
The collection is available from Thursday in Pandora stores with pet collars priced at $95 and tags at $35. — MILES SOCHA
NEW SIGNATURE: IMG Models has signed D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, WWD has learned exclusively.
The 20-year-old Canadian actor, who was recently featured on GQ Hype, is best known for his role as Bear Smallhill in the FX comedy-drama on Hulu “Reservation Dogs.”
The modeling agency will help her build her portfolio in fashion editorials, as well as fashion and lifestyle recommendations.
“I am so excited to join the IMG Model Family,” Woon-A-Tai said in an exclusive statement. “I look forward to this fashion journey and continuing to use my platform to shine a light on Indigenous voices and stories.”
Born in Toronto, Woon-A-Tai is of Oji-Cree, Chinese-Guyanese and German descent.
He began his career on Canadian television, appearing on the Family Channel series “Holly Hobbie”, and later “Murdoch Mysteries”, “Creeped Out” and “Tribal”. He made his film debut in Tracey Deer’s “Beans,” winner of the 2021 Rogers Award for Best Canadian Film.
It was in late 2020 that Woon-A-Tai was announced as joining the cast of “Reservation Dogs,” which follows the lives of four Native teenagers in rural Oklahoma. Filmmakers Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi originated the project (picked up for season two, airing now), with Woon-A-Tai starring.
Along with editorial airplay in GQ, Woon-A-Tai has been featured in Vogue and Flaunt. — RYMA CHIKHOUNE
HISTORICAL JERSEY: The ESPN and Netflix documentary “The Last Dance” continues to attract collector interest and is the subject of a Sotheby’s auction.
The art and luxury house is auctioning Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 jersey from his final season with the Chicago Bulls, which was prominently featured in the documentary.
The jersey could cost between $3 million and $5 million, according to Sotheby’s, making it the highest auction price for a Michael Jordan jersey. It will be offered in a single-lot sale from September 6-14 and will be on public display August 17-20 in Monterey, Calif., and September 6-12 at Sotheby’s New York during the sale.
“The 1997-98 season is perhaps one of the most popular among Jordan fans, as Michael reached the peak of his abilities while simultaneously pursuing what he thought was his last chance to win an NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls,” Brahm Wachter said. , head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s. “The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete, and a testament to him as a champion and competitor. Jordan finals shirts are remarkably rare, and the 1997-98 finals are arguably the most coveted of all.
The 1998 NBA Finals was one of the most-watched NBA Finals of all time, and Game 6 of the series, Jordan’s last game against the Chicago Bulls, still holds the record for highest rated and most watched NBA Finals game. all the time.
But in the first game, things looked different for the team in their “Last Dance”, a term coined by then-coach Phil Jackson. The team arrived in Utah to face the Utah Jazz in front of a raucous crowd and would lose in overtime despite Jordan scoring 33 points in 45 minutes of play. The streak was featured extensively in the documentary and captured a rare moment of Jordan on the team bus listening to Kenny Lattimore’s latest album before its release.
The 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 jersey is one of two Jordan NBA Finals jerseys to be auctioned. Most of the jerseys are privately owned, but one has resided in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture since 2016, which Jordan donated.
Prior to this auction, Sotheby’s auctioned the jersey worn by Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup, which fetched $9.3 million, a world auction record for the most valuable jersey ever sold and for all sports memorabilia. —OBI ANYANWU
LUXURY SAILING: Dom Pérignon has taken to the high seas. The LVMH-owned champagne brand Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has teamed up with chef Masa Takayama to deliver a Michelin-starred omakase experience while sailing the Hamptons this month.
The brand offers people the opportunity to book private Dom Pérignon cruises on an 88ft San Lorenzo superyacht, during which they can dine on a sushi menu specially prepared by Masa himself, designed to accompany recent Dom vintages. Pérignon: Vintage 2012, Rosé 2008 and Vintage 2003 Plénitude 2.
Of course, luxury doesn’t come cheap: packages start at $15,000 and go all the way up to $30,000 for the ultimate experience. However, they include everything from onboard butler service to a DJ.
“This experience with Chef Masa allows us to come together in an unexpected space that embraces our traditions while daring us to explore a culinary thrill in a place of ultimate luxury. Aboard this yacht, we welcome a whole new realm of possibilities, driven by the energetic dynamism of Dom Pérignon,” said Isadora Bailly, Vice-President of Dom Pérignon.
For reservations, visit domperignon.com/us-en/champagne/news/dom-perignon-yacht-experience or email [email protected]. —WWD STAFF
To To: Mr. T, the Parisian restaurant in the trendy Marais district, now has a second location in Los Angeles, which will officially open on August 16.
“When we finally decided youwhere to bring M. J youoh youit us, it was youno need to choose between New York and Los Angeles,” owner Guillaume Guedj told WWD. “But youoh me, youits local products, youit produces, California fish and meat are just a few of the youhe is the best in youhe world. Jo be able to experiment and evolve our map with a few youthe best fresh materials we can access youoh, that was obvious youo choose LA”
Guedj is the restaurateur of Gyoza Bar, Ramen Bar and Passage 53, two Michelin stars. Opened in 2017, Mr. T – named after Parisian chef Tsuyoshi Miyazaki – has become a hotspot for creatives.
The same can be said for the new LA site; located at 953 North Sycamore Avenue, Mr. T is in good company, up the street from artsy shop Just One Eye, Tartine bakery, gourmet restaurant Sightglass Coffee, record store Supervinyl and hot spot Gigi’s – all openings that have transformed the gritty old street on the western outskirts of Hollywood.
“The restaurant always keeps youthe cozy and intimate atmosphere of youParis location youhat that people know and love, but we made youits a bigger and brighter one, with our first outdoor space youhat matches youthe energy of youpeople of Los Angeles,” Guedj continued. “We have always had a lot of American customers, and more particularly those based in Los Angeles, in youhe Parisian restaurant that kept asking us youwhere come youoh youhe us, so it was a great opportunity youo be closer youoh youhem.”
The late architect Richard Altuna designed the interior, in collaboration with Guedj. Altuna customized brass pendant lights for the space, an industrial aesthetic using rough stone, white quartz, and concrete, with Tzalam wood seating sourced from Mexico.
Using local ingredients, the menu offers a mix of French, North African and Asian influences: roast lamb kebab; macaroni with Comté cheese and flambé mimolette; combined with koshihikari rice, confit egg yolk and sea urchin cream; tsukune chicken mille-feuille with mashed sweet potato and candied kumquat; merguez carrot fries; Caramelized Liberty half duck with Weiser Farms potatoes and crepe.
Cocktails, named after hip-hop hits (there’s a turntable in the private room), include “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” with Japanese whiskey and amaro topped with smoky cinnamon. Guests can also expect Mr. T’s signature drink – vodka, blackberry and mint with Saint-Germain mousse – fine Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Monsieur T will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. — RC