Lafayette 148

Lafayette 148 Opens Shop in Naples, Fla.

Lafayette 148 Opens Shop in Naples, Fla.

Lafayette 148 has opened a 3,020-square-foot freestanding shop at the open-air luxury shopping destination The Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida.
The store space evokes an art gallery, a nod to Lafayette 148’s SoHo origins, as well as the brand’s commitment to craft and handwork in its collections. Hanging shelving displays host the Lafayette 148 Made in Italy accessories collection of bags and footwear.

Footwear display at Lafayette 148’s new Naples location.

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The space features custom planters from Brooklyn, New York-based artist Julianne Ahn with handcrafted wooden and ceramic stools by Kieran Kinsella. Two works by photographer Sophie Elgort will be on permanent display.
The boutique will present Lafayette 148’s full ready-to-wear, footwear, handbags, jewelry and accessories collections.

The shop has an oil-rubbed patina bronze wall flanking mirrors. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s global flagship at 59 Greene Street in New York, elements include French white oak hardwood flooring, bespoke seating areas and ice onyx jewelry vitrines.

Lafayette 148’s new Naples, Florida location.

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Lafayette 148 joins other retailers such as Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Gucci, Tory Burch, Max Mara, Lululemon and Vince at Waterside Shops.
This is Lafayette 148’s 27th store in the U.S. and China. The brand is also sold in specialty stores and luxury department stores around the world, as well as on

Christy Turlington Burns Featured in Lafayette 148 New York’s UnordinaryWomen Project

Christy Turlington Burns Featured in Lafayette 148 New York’s UnordinaryWomen Project

For its third annual UnordinaryWomen project, Lafayette 148 is showcasing a cast of seven cross-generational women, including Christy Turlington Burns, who are setting the tone, raising the bar, and bringing other women along with them.
The initiative benefits Every Mother Counts, the maternal health nonprofit founded by Burns. The nonprofit is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe, respectful and equitable for every mother.
Michele Norris will moderate a live Zoom celebration on Thursday titled “UnordinaryWomen, Extraordinary Voices,” featuring a conversation on being courageous, making change and the power of sisterhood in these unordinary times.
“This has been a year unlike any before,” said Deirdre Quinn, cofounder and chief executive officer of Lafayette 148. “We’ve all been through so much. More than ever, it’s important to honor women who’ve met the moment and helped to lift us up. As a women-led company creating for women, we’re dedicated to celebrating women every day. This campaign captures all that we stand for, and Every Mother Counts’ mission of making pregnancy and childbirth safe and equitable around the globe resonates so much with our purpose. I’m proud of the women and excited to share their stories in support of others.”

In addition to Burns, the campaign, which launches today on social media, showcases Syra Madad, a pioneering pandemic-preparedness expert, who is senior director system-wide Special Pathogens Program at NYC Health + Hospitals; Sade Lythcott, CEO of The National Black Theatre, chair of the Coalition of Theatres of Color and advocate for arts institutions and artists; Karen Cahn, founder and CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdsourcing platform which provides debt-free capital to women-owned businesses; Paola Mendoza, activist, author and cofounder of the Women’s March; Dr. Helen Ouyang, frontline hero, emergency room doctor and author, and Karen Boykin-Towns, civil rights champion and vice chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors.

Paola Mendoza, activist author and cofounder of the Women’s March in a Lafayette 148 New York spring look. 
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Emily Smith, creative director of Lafayette 148, oversaw the all-women team and brought the campaign to life. It was photographed by Alex Nataf, who shot all the women in a series of portraits. The women were photographed in the label’s signature white shirt, as well as a fashion look.
“The white shirt is something we’re famous for, and it’s one of the most versatile pieces in any women’s wardrobe. I like to think of it as the ultimate blank canvas — it really brings out the beauty of the woman who wears it,” said Smith.
To support the initiative, Smith and her team designed an exclusive, limited edition UnordinaryWomen T, retailing for $148, and available to purchase exclusively at
“We wanted this T to feel really special and unique, and to keep the integrity of ‘by women for women’ going,” said Smith. “We partnered with a small women-owned studio here in Brooklyn on the printing.” One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Ts will benefit Every Woman Counts.
Lafayette 148 also created a series of short films that bring the women’s stories to life, sharing their challenges, their triumphs and messages of hope during these times. Another dedicated short film focuses on the critical work of Every Mother Counts.

Sade Lythcott, ceo of The National Black Theatre, and chair of the Coalition of Theatres of Color in a spring Lafayette 148 New York look. 
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“As a majority minority company, diversity is woven into the fabric of Lafayette 148,” said Quinn. “We wanted UnordinaryWomen to reflect the incredible diversity of the women we serve. The beauty of this campaign is that it shows whatever your age, your voice has the power to inspire so many other women throughout their journeys, now more than ever.”
Lafayette 148 New York plans a series of in-store activations that tie in with the campaign. During this month and May, the brand’s boutiques will celebrate “The Extraordinary White Shirt,” by donating 100 percent of proceeds from the purchase of white shirts to Every Mother Counts. In addition, clients who bring in a gently used shirt will receive $48 toward their purchase, and their garments will be donated to women in need.
Customers can explore the campaign online at, virtually meet the women, watch the films and sign up for the event and updates. Followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter will be encouraged to engage with the project and amplify the impact by using the hashtag #L148UnordinaryWomen. For each hashtag used from Monday through May 12, Lafayette 148 New York will donate $10 to Every Mother Counts.

Christy Turlington Burns in a spring Lafayette 148 New York blazer. 
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“I’m honored to be partnering with Lafayette 148 on their UnordinaryWomen campaign,” said Burns. “Their mission of lifting up women really resonates with the work of Every Mother Counts, and together will have a positive impact on women’s lives. In this unordinary moment, it’s our choice to come together and rise to the challenges we’re facing, to push ourselves to be extraordinary. If ever there was a time when we need to celebrate UnordinaryWomen, this is it.”

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Lafayette 148 Promotes Vincent Ottomanelli  to Chief Commercial Officer

Lafayette 148 Promotes Vincent Ottomanelli to Chief Commercial Officer

Vincent Ottomanelli, chief financial officer of Lafayette 148, has taken on the additional role of chief commercial officer, a new post.
The promotion is effective immediately.
In his dual role, he will be responsible for international retail, wholesale and e-commerce, as well as finance and accounting. He will report to Deirdre Quinn, cofounder and chief executive officer of Lafayette 148.
Prior to joining Lafayette 148 in October 2019, Ottomanelli was at Salvatore Ferragamo USA for 14 years, starting as CFO and rising to CEO and president. There, he helped lead the company through a period of tremendous growth, overseeing wholesale operations and the opening of 55 retail stores. Prior to that, he was at Hugo Boss, where he was CFO.

His appointment at Lafayette 148 comes after a year of challenges and change caused by the global pandemic.
“The company was able to weather the challenges of the last year in no small part due to Vinny’s strategic support and savvy business acumen,” said Quinn. “He was here in the trenches with me every day, helping to navigate strategies for our business’ survival.”
Looking ahead, she said the future of Lafayette 148 appears bright. “With Vinny as my right hand, I’m very optimistic about what’s to come. His ability to identify and capitalize on market opportunities to drive growth in revenue and profitability is an incredible asset,” said Quinn.

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“I’m so excited to have his partnership,” she added.
Ottomanelli said, “Lafayette 148 is truly an amazing company with an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m extremely excited about partnering with Deirdre in my new capacity and helping guide Lafayette 148 New York through this next chapter.”
As the company emerges from the pandemic, Ottomanelli sees a lot of growth potential. “We have a unique opportunity to leverage our assets and strengths to further develop and grow our businesses. We have an extraordinary product and a commitment to craftsmanship, quality and innovation that’s rare in our industry. This is a pivotal moment for Lafayette 148 New York, and together we can build back better.”
Headquartered at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lafayette 148 is one of the few vertically integrated fashion brands, with its own workshop and production facility in China. The collection is distributed online at, Tmall, WeChat and in 28 freestanding boutiques in the U.S. and China, as well as specialty stores and luxury department stores throughout the world.

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