Fashion News Alert: Tracee Ellis Ross Has a New Gig, Ralph Lauren Corporation Aims for Zero Emissions, James Harden Joins Saks, and Manolo Blahnik Opens New York Flagship Store

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If starring in a hit television series and winning an Emmy is not enough, Tracee Ellis Ross is adding another accolade to her ever-growing lists of accomplishments. Ross has been named one of the three brand ambassadors for Tiffany & Co.

Accompanying Traci Ellis Ross in Tiffany’s new campaign is actress Anya Taylor-Joy and freelance skier Eileen Gu. These three new faces of the brand’s new “Give Me the T” campaign will debut in the campaign on June 15 across all brand platforms. Traci Ellis Ross currently stars in the television hit “Black-ish” which is going into its final season in the fall.

“Growing up, I would often wander through the flagship on Fifth Avenue, imagining myself as a grown woman wearing … Tiffany’s signature diamonds. All these years later, to be the face of this iconic brand and to represent the T1 collection is a dream come true,” said Tracee Ellis Ross in a statement, as reported in

This diverse casts for the “Give Me the T” campaign was photographed in New York City by Maria Sorrentino. This current Tiffany & Co. campaign will be followed up by a new campaign, “Knot Your Typique” featuring the same triptych and photographed also by Maria Sorrentino. “Knot Your Typique” will debut in North America in the fall and globally in 2022.

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James Harden’s new job

On Monday announced that NBA All-Star James Harden will join as an independent member of Harden will join as a minority investor and assist Saks in helping high-consumer brands potential grow. Harden is well known for his expertise in financial investing and entrepreneurial ventures.

“As we work to build this new board, James is an important and valuable addition. With experience in growing businesses and as someone who values self-expression through fashion, I am confident that he will bring a distinct point of view that will help us better deliver for our customers,” said Saks’ executive chairman, Richard Baker, as reported in “His expertise, combined with that of our other board members, will enable Saks to further capitalize on the significant growth opportunity within luxury ecommerce.”

As basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets, Harden’s investment portfolio includes minority ownership of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash, as well as stakes in various brands, including Therabody, BodyArmor, Art of Sport, Stance and Pura, where he serves as creative director. Harden is also the founder of Thirteen, a Houston-based fine dining restaurant.

“I am honored to join the Saks board and to be a part of a company that is paving the future of luxury retail,” added Harden. “This is an exciting opportunity for me to combine two of my personal passions—a love of fashion and teaming up with brands that have the potential to lead while making an impact on the communities they serve. I look forward to working with the Saks team, and to having a direct impact on the company’s future success, the fashion community and its customers.” is a separate entity from Saks Fifth Avenue, separating from its former owner, Saks Fifth Avenue, earlier this year with a focus on luxury e-commerce. seeks to establish itself as the preeminent luxury e-commerce destination.

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Manolo Blahnik is back

Manolo Blahnik returns to New York City this month by opening its flagship store in Manhattan’s Upper Eastside. The flagship store located on Madison Avenue will house the brand’s women’s and men’s collections, as well as a capsule collection inspired by Manolo Blhanik’s love of New York City.

The capsule collection which is rich in color and textures was inspired by Tony Duquette’s interiors. The relaxed elegance of this capsule collection embodies the richness and glamour of The Big Apple.

The new location which was inspired by the Hollywood Regency is adorned with classic marble floors detailing, walls adorned with hand-painted Regency-style stripes in the house’s signature color scheme, while large classical columns line the walls. And in the tradition of Manolo Blahnik stores there is a functional bar that offers non-alcoholic beverages.

The previous Manolo Blahnik store that was located on West 54th Street closed in 20219. Additionally, the brand has opened a pop-up store in the Hamptons with a special selection of seasonal pieces and iconic pieces from the brand’s women’s and men’s collections.

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Ralph Lauren Corporation enhances sustainability initiatives

Based on its global citizenship and sustainability report for fiscal 2021, the Ralph Lauren Corporation has established that they are aiming for zero emissions by 2040. This target is on point with the company’s previous goal to reduce its absolute GHG emissions across its operations and supply chain by 30%, compared to fiscal 2020 levels.

“The convergence of the global pandemic, climate crisis and call to action to dismantle systemic racism has been a catalyst for the business community to focus and accelerate its progress toward a more equitable and sustainable future,” said Ralph Lauren Corporation president and CEO Patrice Louvet in a release, as reported in “We embrace that call to action wholeheartedly at Ralph Lauren, demonstrated by the progress our teams have made in the last year—including our increased transparency, climate goal and integration of ESG metrics into executive remuneration.”

—William S. Gooch



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