Rag & Bone, Vena Cava, & Marc Jacobs Expand

With fashion week right around the bend, Rag & Bone, Vena Cava, and Marc Jacobs are all announcing plans for expansion. Following in the footsteps of their Nolita store opening, Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Waingwright finally launched an online store today, granting fans across the country easy access to their fall knits, leathers, and signature layered looks. Meanwhile, the Vena Cava girls are adding accessories to their repertoire. Having already expanded into a lower-priced line (Viva Vena), the Brooklyn-based label is introducing a line of handbags on the heels of their second-ever shoe collaboration. “Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, who both hail from Los Angeles, have paired up with LA boutique TenOverSix for shoes, which will debut on Thursday during Vena Cava’s Spring 2011 presentation.” As for bags, those will hit along with the FW11 collection, says Fashionista.

“They’re going to be mostly structured pieces in the $700 price range. There’s nothing else out there at that price point except for Alexander Wang. We’re also doing some small leather goods like wallets and evening bag type styles,” the designers said of “the Vena Cava empire” they hope to build. If it worked for Wang…

Also, Racked is reporting that Marc Jacobs is adding to his own empire with a cafe. “This tidbit of fresh and piping hot information is something we gleaned from a conversation with Robert Duffy, longtime business partner and friend of Marc Jacobs, who also happens to be president of the company. Duffy, notorious for his spill-all attitude on Twitter, was tight-lipped when we inquired about the possibilities of an MJ Cafe in New York, but he did confirm to us that yes, it is in the works and no, it will not be on Bleecker,” wrote Racked today. While a specific location hasn’t been confirmed, Duffy said that the eatery (Jacobs’ second—the first opened in Milan) would be housed Uptown. With his just-opened book shop, Bookmarc, on Bleeker Street, it looks like Jacobs isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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