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Monday
Feb132012

Bradley Soileau, Charlotte Free, Dempsey Stewart, Ehren Dorsey & Herieth Paul | Ryan McGinley | Edun S/S 2012

Fashionistas shivered in New York Sunday, arriving in a makeshift event space at Pier 57 along the Hudson River to view Edun’s Fall 2012 collection. Founded by US’2 Bono and wife Ali Hewson, it seems that Edun is getting its act together. After a strong spring collection, the fall images are looking even better.

We’ve followed the Edun brand for years, though some pretty tough times, as Ali Hewson has learned the challenges of manufacturing in and out of Africa. To their credit, the Edun team has hung in there for the long haul, helped by LVMH’s major 49% financial stake in the company and lots of professional expertise. After a substantial drop in manufacturing in Africa, the company reports that roughly 30 percent of it clothes are mmanufactured in Africa.

Last fall we covered Champagne Valentine Unveils Edun’s Storytellers and Liars Website on AOC Cares, our future phlanthropy home. Today we see Bradley Soileau, Charlotte Free, Dempsey Stewart, Ehren Dorsey and Herieth Paul lensed by Ryan McGinley for Edun’s spring/summer 2012 campaign.

See all AOC Edun brand.

 

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Wednesday
Sep142011

Ali Hewson & Sharon Wauchob's Solid Success Edun Spring 2012 Show

Ali Hewson and Bono at Harlem’s Red Rooster after Edun show. Photo by Steve Eichner via WWDBono and Ali Hewson celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in August.  In today’s WWD snap of the duo celebrating a well-received Edun spring 2012 women’s show and the launch of the men’s ‘Pioneers Project’ marketing campaign, the synergy of their long-lasting relationship is revealed.

In a recent Independent Ireland feature Ali Hewson: It’s a wonderful life being Mrs Bono, the word is that Hewson may be the quiet, laid-back, unassuming half of one of the biggest marriages in show business, but he knows his place.

He said: “I feel our relationship has changed a lot. For a while I thought I was in charge. I was the hunter-protector. A few years ago it became clear somebody else was in charge and I feel I hold on a lot tighter to her than she does to me, and that slightly bothers me.

“She’s so independent and sometimes I wish she wasn’t.”

Edun Spring 2012 collection

So yes — Bono is seen loud and clear in today’s WWD shot, and the first question isn’t to Hewson about her show but to Bono: What did you think of your wife’s show today? And Bono answers the second WWD question, too: Why did you think the Edun model was a good way to accomplish some of your philanthropic goals?

Bono: Aid, which I spend half of my life fighting for, is a stopgap. Trade is what takes people out of poverty. Africa faces a couple of big hurdles in the next few years. AGOA [the African Growth and Opportunity Act], which is a trade pact between the U.S. and the continent of Africa, runs out in September of next year. [AGOA expires in 2015, but the special apparel provision expires next September.] Unless Africa starts to produce its own high-level fabrics and improves quality of production, many, many factories will close. That’s the worry. Now the opportunity is open-ended. This is a continent that by 2050 will dwarf any other continent in population. Its richness is well known, under the ground. We just need to get it into the people’s hands. The tools to do that are creativity and commerce. We want to be a part of that.

But finally we hear from the brains behind Edun, Ali Hewson:

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Angelina Jolie Stars Louis Vuitton 'Core Values' Campaign by Annie Leibovitz

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Angelina Jolie for Louis Vuitton ‘Core Values’ Campaign

Angelina Jolie stands for Smart Sensuality values in the new Louis Vuitton ‘Core Values’ campaign, a series of adverts whose central theme of travel communicates the concept that travel is both a physical and emotional journey. The Smart Sensuality woman — smart, sexy and with heart — is not only the embodiment of the Louis Vuitton woman but she is the key persona in solving the problems that face humanity in the 21st century.

The Smart Sensuality woman doesn’t shy away from her humanitarian responsibilities.

The campaign was shot in Cambodia, a country close to Jolie’s heart - home to her eldest adopted son Maddox. The actress first travelled to Siem Reap in 2000 while filming for ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’. Raising awareness of landmines in Cambodia has been part of her United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador role.

LVMH | Smart Sensuality Luxury Branding

Photo by Jonah Koch for WWDWe’re not clear that former British prime minister Tony Blair is now an adviser to Bernard Arnault, although it appears so, based on his side by side appearance with Arnault in Washington in April.  Fashionista reports ‘yes’ but we can’t confirm. Blair was highly criticized over his negotiations in 2010 and as recently as late March.

Blair attended Bernard Arnault’s April 2011 event at which he was honored with the Corporate Citizenship award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the White House

Arnault needs astute advice on global politics and Blair is deeply involved in the Middle East and specifically in business development in Palestine. See this PBS video about Blair’s work in Jenin, trying to develop new business opportunities for the suffering Palestinians.

I’ve written on many occasions that the philanthropy/business development initiatives of luxury brands will become a key part of their DNA in the future. Smart Sensuality women want to support luxury brands and businesses that are rolling up their sleeves to help save the world.

Bernard Arnault: A Modern Tastemaker Exploring Our Cultural Creatives Future Anne Talks Business

A Smart Sensuality consumer is the stylish wing of a significant group of values-driven, two-thirds women consumers called Cultural Creatives. In our 2009 profile of Arnault, we quoted his focus on philanthropy:

Arnault confirms in this in-depth article on LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, which includes high-end brands Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Tag Heuer watches, Donna Karan, Fendi and Moët & Chandon champagne, and of Dior and other companies, that he’s involved in talks to invest in a fashion company with ecological and ethical goals founded by a global celebrity.

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Friday
Sep102010

Sobered Edun Brand Ready for Reality-Checked Bounce Back

One of a line of t-shirts created to coincide with the World Cup.The Wall Street Journal has an excellent read about Edun, the clothing collection founded by Ali Hewson and Bono, with the vision of revitalizing apparel manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa. The story does a great job of separating fact from fiction — not only about the Edun project — but about the challenges of manufacturing clothes in Africa.

When the new Edun collection premiers tomorrow, during New York Fashion Week, designer Sharon Wauchob, who trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London and later worked for Louis Vuitton before starting her own collection based in Paris, will be showing product primarily produced in China.

Reality is that the Edun line has experienced a rough ride in retail, known for its poor fashion and a series of production and quality problems.

Ms. Hewson recalls seeing an embroidered jacket hanging at Saks with the wrist the same width as the sleeve instead of being tapered as intended. The company’s longtime communications director, Bridget Russo, says she once hosted a party in the dark, at the chic cabaret venue The Box, to draw attention away from the clothes. via WSJ

The manufacturing and financial problems around Edun were so great that Hewson says they considered pulling the plug on the project. Their friend Jeffrey Sachs, the well-known Columbia project also working with Madonna in Africa, urged them to stick it out.

Success meant selling 49 percent of the company to LVMH last year and bringing in a roster of industry professionals to run the company. The brand shows new promise with design and renewed support from retailers like Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue. BUT, the fashion and quality must be right on. All parties agree with this disclaimer.

For this reason, about 90 percent of Edun’s manufacturing is in China, not Africa. “Shipments from Africa arrived late, and retailers complained about the clothes’ design and fit, leading to poor sales.”

Today’s Edun products carry details made in Africa — such as beading — with hopes that new manufacturing projects can be executed in the region. Edun seems now focused on special projects like this one in tee shirts, to retain a spotlight on development in Africa:

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Friday
Sep032010

Ali Hewson-Bono Star in Louis Vuitton-Edun Ad Campaign

Bono and wife Ali Hewson are making their first commercial ad appearance in the Louis Vuitton Core Values campaign, which supports Al Gore’s The Climate Project. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the U2 singer and fashion designer wife are stepping off a small plane on the African savannah. 

At this point, the campaign strikes off in a new direction from past appearances by a long list of notables including Catherine Deneuve, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sean Connery have all posed for the campaign, as well as Francis Ford Coppola with his daughter Sofia, and Andre Agassi with wife Steffi Graf.

Bono and Hewson aren’t wearing clothes from Louis Vuitton but Edun, the organic and ethical label created by Hewson in 2005. Louis Vuitton’s parent company LVMH now owns 49 percent of Edun, and the two powerhouses have joined forces to create a limited-edition version of the Louis Vuitton monogrammed Keepall 45.

Each bag carries a hard-crafted charm created in Kenua by fairtrade jewelry label MADE, the brainchild of Cristina Cisilino and her partner Gerson Barnett. These select Keepall 45s also come with a plaque carrying the inscription ‘Every journey begins in Africa.’

All proceeds from the sale of the piece, along with the couple’s fee for the shoot, will be donated to Technoserve in Africa for the Conservation Cotton Initiative and to the Chernobyl Children International.

Here is a short video of the Louis Vuitton ad shoot with Annie Leibovitz.

The couple has long worked to improves lives in Africa through the RED campaign and numerous other initiatives. Researching TechnoServe, we find a recent report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on their grant to TechnoServe with the goal of helping 182,000 farmers in East Africa to sell premium coffee.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also working with TechnoServe to develop a Soy industry in Southern Africa.

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Thursday
Jun252009

Smart Sensuality Women Helena Christensen and Ali Hewson Pursue Edun's Activist Agenda

Updated on Wed, December 2, 2009 by Registered CommenterAnne

Once again the Wall Street Journal gives us a Smart Sensuality story, this time tying the knot between Helena Christensen and Ali Hewson, married to Paul Hewson, aka Bono, and their fair trade, eco-friendly clothing line Edun, now funded in a big way by LVMH by previously-featured in WSJ Magazine Bernard Arnault. Whew!

Unintentionally, we’ve tracked each of these stories, which now come together with Smart Sensuality women Helena Christensen and Ali Hewson as good friends, and both wearing Edun.

I had the pleasure of working with Helena Christensen when she was a Victoria’s Secret model in the first two VS fashion shows. My thrill then is an even bigger one now, discovering that Christensen’s involved in the exciting Edun brand, as unofficial brand ambassador, photographer and model.

The premise of Edun should excite all of us, as it does the Wall Street Journal.

A look from Edun 2009, via WSJThe whole point of the Edun endeavor, Hewson says, is to make a profit — not because the executive board needs the money but to demonstrate to other entrepreneurs that it’s possible to do so in developing countries, paying fair wages and relying on local raw material entirely processed and manufactured by local labor, from start to finish. “We’re a tiny company, but we punch above our weight,” Hewson says. “And we don’t let Bono near the clothes.”

The evolution of Helena Christensen is a perfect Smart Sensuality story.

The Cultural Creative artist in her is expressed in her photography work. Her photos of actors such as Sean Penn, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck that launched Edun’s “One” campaign, a sale of T-shirts funding AIDS relief to Lesotho, Africa.

Her Modern roots as a fashion model and her ongoing relationship with style meld with her Cultural Creative values, to create this Smart Sensuality masterpiece muse of a woman.

Helena donated the profits of her recent photo exhibit at the Dactyl gallery in Soho to the Chernobyl project. At 40, Christensen is a bona fide Yummy Mummy. (We’ll pick up her sexy side over at Sexy Futures, WOT: Women Over 30).

Describing Helena Christensen, her friend Ali Hewson says: One of the reasons I like coming to New York is because I get to come to Helena’s after work at 6 o’clock, and I get a cup of tea, I get fed, I get talked to. She’s a one-woman show. She doesn’t even have a nanny. She’s able to organize her child, her private life, her business.

I don’t need to link the dots in these WSJ stories. Brains, beauty and sex appeal come together to drive Smart Sensuality women. Helena and Ali become our muses, but we must apply their lessons to our lives.

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Saturday
May162009

LVMH Backs Bono's Edun, and the Growing Power of Cultural Creative and Smart Sensuality Brands

Edun OnlineBernard Arnault has made good on his coments that LVMH recognizes the need to invest in a Cultural Creative (my word) fashion company.

Representing the global, prestige powerhouse LVMH, Arnault was wasn’t kidding when he told the WSJ that he was considering an investment in a company with ecological and ethical goals, founded by a global celebrity. (See AC: Bernard Arnault: A Modern Tastemaker Exploring Our Cultural Creative Future, March 9, 2009)

This week LVMH announced their intention to take a minority (but nearly 50%, according to the WSJ) stake in Edun, the ecological and ethical fashion start-up launched by Bono and his wife Hewson and founded on fair trade practices.

While the obvious benefit is to Edun, allowing it to expand further by giving it access to the marketing, management and production resources of the world’s largest luxury-goods firm, I believe the benefits will be more synergistic.

Introducing Edun in 2006

Edun will be managed by Mark Weber, head of Donna Karan International, another LVMH brand.

Having ties into the Cultural Creative community via Bono’s massive network can only help LVMH develop a positive strategy for dealing with the increasingly important Cultural Creative marketplace, led by Smart Sensuality women.

Donna Karan herself has enlightened insights into how to build new brands for Smart Sensuality women, brands with bona fide policies and values that extend beyond the Smart Sensuality positioning — but not practices (meaning Donna Karan brand is not ‘green’; I doubt fair trade, but I don’t know).

Now I’ll really shoot from the hip, saying that I can see LMVH’s Donna Karan brand evolving in a more Stella McCartney, Smart Sensuality direction.

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