Online Only: Karl is coming for February 2012

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Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld seems to be rapidly diversifying his brand.  In the last year, there has been the diffusion line for Macy’s, Diet Coke bottles and even a label for a winery with ties to Chanel.  Today comes the news that he is going after Internet shoppers with an exclusive label called Karl to be sold on website Net-A-Porter.  At 78, the designer is now going to get jiggy with the online world via an Internet exclusive clothing launch.  What’s next, a Twitter ID? Gasp.

There is not much information available on Karl.  I haven’t seen any sketches or news about what the collection will consist of.  What has been announced via a press release is that  Karl “will be sold exclusively for the first month through net-a-porter, the online fashion retail unit of Swiss luxury group Richemont, then on a dedicated website and starting in the spring through a few selected retailers.”   Prices will range from  60 to 300 euro range, which is about $84.00 USD to $417.00 USD.  So, this will be more than the current Macy’s Impulse collection.  For the more upscale Chanel buyer who wants to go in-store, there is more Karl coming in Autumn 2012. A more upmarket label called “Karl Lagerfeld Paris,” sold in multi-brand and department stores, with items priced between 300 and 2,000 euros, which translates to about $417 USD to 2,785 USD.

Clearly, before Karl retires, there’s going to be a collection for multiple price points and buyers.  An interesting move from a fashion legend.


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