Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc. is focusing more on its e-commerce presence and continuing to bring its accessories business back in-house.
The company has hired Kate Klemmer Terry, vice president of Internet for Coach Inc., for the new role of executive vice president for global Internet. Prior to Coach, Klemmer Terry was vice president of licensing and e-commerce at Kate Spade. Based in New York and Amsterdam, she reports to Fred Gehring, chief executive officer of Tommy Hilfiger.
In other news, Hilfiger is bringing its handbag and small leather goods business in-house, effective for fall. Tommy Hilfiger Handbags & Small Leather Goods, which were previously handled by an independently owned licensee of Hilfiger (earlier known as Dickson North America), will now be part of a new accessories division that already includes footwear, which was brought in-house in late 2008.
In September, Martin S. Bodner, former chief financial officer of the licensee Tommy Hilfiger Handbags & Small Leather Goods, pled guilty to mail and wire fraud in excess of $19 million from the company over a seven-year period.
“In our efforts to continually elevate our product offering, we’ve seen great benefit in bringing specific areas of our business in-house,” said Gehring. “We believe that having both the footwear and handbags and small leather goods in-house will give us more control over these businesses and improve brand alignment.”
Bornie Del Priore, executive vice president of accessories, who joined Tommy Hilfiger in 2008 and reports to president of licensing and accessories Anne Marino, will lead the division.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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