Google Down the Line!: FASHION FIX: Venus Williams' EleVen lives on

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FASHION FIX: Venus Williams' EleVen lives on

Think November 2007. Remember when a smiley, giddy Venus Williams, holder of six majors at the time, was all over the place appearing at launch events and throwing parties for her first and only low-cost, mass market fashion collection called EleVen sold exclusively at Steve & Barry's? Ahhhh. Well, get over it because she has.

The company went bankrupt and was eventually liquidated leaving EleVen homeless and hungry and living solely on the back, both lit + fig, on V (well not if you count the random outfitting of Nadia Petrova.) That is, until now.

Here's an update on the fate of her collection from the World No. 3 herself during a reader Q & A for Sports Illustrated:

As for EleVen, this is really somewhat breaking news, but I will be partnering with The Gilt Group over the next year to host exclusive quarterly sales of the EleVen collection on The first sale is coming later this month before the U.S. Open. You will be able to find out the details, which are coming soon, on my website, Twitter and Facebook. We are also in advanced discussions with a retail partner and as soon as next summer you will likely be able to find EleVen at traditional retail outlets.

Good news for her. The Gilt Groupe has a big presence right now and they're pretty aggressive with their marketing including the promotion of the very popular daily sales. Although they've carried fashion and luxury brands primarily it looks like the company is moving into the sports-inspired groups including adidas Porsche Design Sport and now EleVen. Plus, it can't hurt to have a world-renowned celebrity athlete like V at the helm for PR purposes.

In terms of the future retail partner, Kohl's and JC Penny come to mind along with Target, though they've seemed to have fallen off a bit lately and have moved away from fashion collaborations. Stay tuned.

[Photo(s): Getty Images]

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1 comment:

  1. One of the reasons why I love what Venus is doing is that she has no major backers behind her. She is not doing it in collaboration with Nike, Adidas, Fila etc. This is her. All about her.

    She is designing, promoting, wearing and just getting the word out there about her line. She is struggling but you will never know it because of her upbeat attitude. Same thing with Serena. Signature is all about her. She promotes it, hawks it on HSN and is not afraid to remind you 10,000 times on twitter that she is going to be on HSN. That is marketing. That is selling yourself.

    Good job ladies. You are still doing it your way.


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