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The Fashion News You Missed This Week

Here's what had people talking this week.

Donald Trump visited a Louis Vuitton factory in Texas and got memed

When you think Trump, it’s unlikely that the next words that pop into your head are luxury fashion. So it came as a bit of a surprise to everyone this week when Trump visited Louis Vuitton’s new factory in Texas. Joined by daughter Ivanka and LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, Trump toured the new facility in Johnson County, witnessing artisans at work and inspecting the brand’s famed monogrammed pieces. He then gave a speech ahead of the ribbon cutting, saying, “Louis Vuitton, a name I know very well. It cost me a lot of money over the years.” The internet immediately went wild over Trump’s pronunciation of the brand as “Voo-ton”. And what does the internet do when amused? It memes, of course.

Interestingly, Arnault was adamant to distance the brand from any political associations, telling the New York Times, “I am not here to judge his types of policies. I have no political role. I am a business person. I try to tell him what I think for the success of the economy of the country, and the success of what we are doing.”

Tod’s names new Creative Director

Walter Chiapponi is the new man about Tod’s, having been named as the Italian brand’s new Creative Director this week. Chiapponi previously worked at Bottega Veneta under Tomas Maier. In a statement to WWD, Tod’s president Diego Della Valle said, “Walter Chiapponi is a talented Italian creative who knows and is able to combine Tod’s Italian lifestyle with a touch of modernity, without ever losing sight of the high quality and craftsmanship that represents the brand’s DNA.” He will be responsible for both the men’s and women’s collections, and will make his debut for Fall 2020.

Knix announces launch of first Canadian stores

Homegrown intimates label Knix has announced it will open its first standalone stores. The first (which is also the flagship store) is located in Toronto, on Queen St West, and will open on Tuesday, October 29. The brand says the focus for this store is “redefining the change room experience for intimate apparel.” The second location (which opened earlier this month) is in Vancouver on West 4th St in Kitsilano. Both stores, says the brand, will have original murals by Toronto-based artist Leia Bryans.

The brand also announced the launch of a new nationwide partnership with Nordstrom. Now, shopping its intimate offerings has never been easier thanks to pop-up shops in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto Nordstrom stores. Each of the pop-ups house the brand’s full assortment so you can stock up in one simple stop.

Dr. Marten’s teams up with Dolls Kill

Grunge footwear brand Dr. Marten’s has announced a new collaboration with Dolls Kill, launching today. The collection is made up of two styles inspired by 90s DIY (one with a 10-eye closure and the other a 20-eye) and feature the highest ever air-cushioned sole (called the Quad Retro Max) made by the brand. According to a release, Dolls Kill’s influence comes courtesy of “a branded lace keeper, a piercing-inspired lace charm and a dual-branded tongue and sock art.”