Chapman and Keren Craig launched the designer womenswear label in 2004. Over the years, Marchesa expanded to include a diffusion line, a bridal collection, evening bags, and shoes. As it turns out their signature embellished tulle gowns were not only funded by Weinstein, he was also bullying actresses he worked with into wearing Marchesa on the red carpet.
Most recently, Marchesa canceled their Fall 2018 presentation during New York Fashion Week in favor of a digital presentation.
While red carpet endorsements will likely be no more, the controversy may not affect Marchesa’s relationship with retailers. And although their luxury clientele is paying close attention to the name, they aren’t always making the connection with Weinstein.
International stockists still include big names like Bergdorf Goodman, Kleinfeld, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and countless other bridal boutiques.
It’s hard to accurately gauge retail sales, as there is no way of verifying claims made by store reps or if other variables (i.e. markdowns, a personal relationship with the brand) would be of influence.