Dillard’s takes LDT into accessories – WWD
A year after creating ready-to-wear brand LDT exclusively with Dillard’s, New York design duo Michael and Alex Toccin are adding accessories to the LDT range. The offer includes handbags, small leather goods and glasses.
Leather goods will sell for between $128 and $348 and sunglasses will sell for an average of $80. All products will be sold exclusively at 85 Dillard stores nationwide and online at dillards.com. Sunglasses went on sale last week, and handbags and small leather goods will be introduced on Wednesday.
Alexandra Dillard Lucie, Vice President of General Merchandise at Dillard’s, the Little Rock, Ark.-based department store chain, said, “It is a pleasure to work with the Toccins and their exceptionally talented team while watching their brand grow, and we are confident that these new categories will be a success.
The handbags are made of Napa leather, giraffe print calf leather and seasonal woven materials and are sourced from all over the world. Three collections are offered for the initial release this spring: The Garden, Love Line and Safari. They are comprised of different silhouettes for each style, from larger totes to smaller bracelets, top handles, clutches and shoulder straps that complete the LDT ready-to-wear collection.
Sunglasses include tortoise, leopard prints and white marble. “We like to take our inspiration from the world of interiors and translate it into our designs, whether it’s a bold color or a dynamic shape,” said Michael Toccin. The couple said the collection was meant to give women a “fun and fresh take” on American fashion.
“Alex and Michael have always had a unique and distinctive perspective on design, and we’re thrilled to see their talent expand into these new business categories,” said Annemarie Dillard, VP of Experience. online and digital marketing at Dillard’s.
The Toccins met while studying at Parsons School of Design. Michael Toccin has worked for Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen and KaufmanFranco while Alex Toccin has held press and marketing roles at Ralph Lauren and Theory. They eventually launched a digital platform, Styled to AT, which started out as a blog. In September 2019, they created Toccin NY, a higher-priced dress collection sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and a few smaller specialty and direct-to-consumer stores.
LDT, which began with a collection of dresses in feminine styles featuring bright colors, patterns and custom prints, is named after their daughter, Liv Dakota Toccin. Their LDT collection for Dillard’s is known for its affordable fashion and tailoring.
As for the continuation of the partnership, winter accessories will be introduced for the fourth quarter.
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