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Are Changes Coming to Proenza Schouler?, and More of Today’s News

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New investors…

There may be change afoot at Proenza Schouler. According to reports, private equity firm Castanea is interested in acquiring a stake in Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough’s brand, though representatives for Castanea have yet to confirm the news. Of their relationship with investors, Hernandez said in an interview recently, “I think most of [our investors] realized that if they let us do what we do, they’re going to have a return.” [WWD]

Burberry gets bookish…

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover—though if a book has been cloth-bound with designs by Christopher Bailey, maybe you should. Burberry has teamed up with Vintage Books to release a collection of novels by late author Bruce Chatwin. Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative and CEO, has sought much inspiration from Chatwin, even naming his recent SS15 men’s collection after the writer. [Harper’s Bazaar U.K.]

Tommy is a punk rocker…

Designers are often full of surprises. In a recent interview, Tommy Hilfiger, renowned for his preppy aesthetic, revealed he has two tattoos. The designer said it was his son, a “tattoo fanatic,” who convinced him to get the ink. “We went to a tattoo place, and he said, ‘Come on, Dad, just do a small one.’ So I did,” Hilfiger said. Those aren’t the only “punk roots” Hilfiger touches on, either. [Paper]

Walk the walk…

Street casting has become increasingly prevalent among emerging designers in London. Brands such as Marques’Almeida are forgoing agency models and choosing instead to scout talent of their own. Think you’ve got what it takes? Nasir Mazhar put out a search for aspiring catwalkers this morning via social media. The brand is looking for women and men of all ethnicities who can “walk that walk” to model in its men’s fashion show on June 12. [Instagram]

Fast Company’s Most Creative…

Fast Company has named The 100 Most Creative People in Business, and there are a few fashion industry names among the honorees. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School were awarded places for “putting street wear on the runway,” while Emily Weiss of Glossier took another spot for “letting customers decide what’s beautiful.” Illustrator Donald Robertson came in on the list, as well, and Want Les Essentiels de la Vie founders Dexter and Byron Peart also made the cut in the 91st and 92nd spots, respectively. [Fast Company]

—Zoe Anastasiou, Style.com

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