Gregg Ribatt has been named president and chief executive officer of Stride Rite Corp.
Ribatt, 39, hails from Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC, where he was president and ceo. He begins his new role on Jan. 7 and will report to Matt Rubel, president and ceo of Stride Rite Corp. of Collective Brands, Inc. In May, Payless ShoeSource Inc. acquired Stride Rite Corp. for $800 million plus debt, in an all-cash deal. Rubel is also Payless' president and ceo.
Ribatt succeeds David Chamberlain, who retired earlier this year. The firm has eliminated the position of chief operating officer after the departure of Rick Thornton, who left the company to pursue other opportunities.
Ribatt will lead and direct the growth and brand building of Stride Rite's brands, including its eponymous brand, Keds, Sperry Top-Sider, Robeez and Saucony. He will be responsible for managing operations including design, development and the company's 300-chain network of Stride Rite stores.
"Greg defines the new type of leadership in our industry," said Rubel. "He has tremendous strategic business thinking. He has the schooling beyond the practical experience."
Some of Ribatt's first initiatives, according to Rubel, are to grow Sperry Top-Sider to a multicategory lifestyle brand and to launch Jessica Simpson girls footwear in holiday 2008.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast