Confidential to G-III: Francisco Costa at Donna Karan, Please!

by Ashley Baker

Dear G-III decision-makers,

Now that the weather in New York finally requires legit outerwear, your Daily has been trotting from appointment to luncheon to holiday cocktail in our favorite coat. It’s a dusty black, with a nipped waist and billowing hemline, and it’s made of ever-so-slightly-quilted silk and festooned with an oversized matte button. This beloved beauty was part of Francisco Costa’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection for Calvin Klein, and the damn thing is incapable of appearing on the city streets without eliciting an unsolicited comment from a taxi driver, subway rider, or world-weary coffee-slinger. “Great coat!” “One helluva coat.” “Where can I get that coat?” Meanwhile, in the office, we’re preparing for our 15th anniversary year, which starts in 2017 (!!!), and as we page through our archives, we’ve been struck by the frequency in which Francisco is behind so many of our favorite covers and stories.

What we wouldn’t give to have this supremely talented designer back where he belongs—at the helm of a major American fashion house? So G-III folks, although we hardly know ye, we’re hoping you can give us the one gift we really crave this holiday season and put Francisco Costa in the driver’s seat at DKI. (And while you’re at it, bring back Donna Karan Collection—we’re happy to supply you with a list of loyal customers who can explain why.) Think about it—he’s got both vision and a time-tested track record. His minimalist, city-friendly aesthetic aligns well with Donna Karan’s house codes. The clients adore. The press worship. And we won’t even charge you a finders’ fee.

Love, love, love!
Your Daily

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