Harvey Weinstein to breathe life back into Charles James
The movie mogul confirms deal with designer's family
The American film producer has recently struck a deal to bring back the Charles James label, re-inventing the brand with the help of his wife and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman.
The British-American couturier's work is now being celebrated with an exhibition at New York's Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this year — kicking off this week with its famed Met Ball.
Yesterday, a spokesperson for Weinstein confirmed that the Miramax co-founder's joint venture with James's relatives is true and will be underway soon. Weinstein is said to have enlisted his wife, Georgina Chapman, and her brother, Edward, as creative consultants for the classic label.
This isn't the first time for the film mogul to have delved into the path of fashion, as he invested in heritage label Halston back in 2007 along with Sarah Jessica Parker and others, but sold his share in 2011.
"When they bought Halston, Harvey was part of a consortium," said a source. "He always believed in licensing. In this case, the Weinstein Company would be the sole partner with the James family. So there would be one voice, with the Weinstein Company running the business."