Through good and bad economic times, Christopher Griffin has risen through the ranks at Advanstar Global, and now has been named president of WWDMAGIC and Sourcing at MAGIC.
After selling his juniors sportswear line Chica in 2006, Griffin started at Advanstar in 2007 and filled sales manager, show director and vice president posts before ascending to his new position. When the Great Recession hit, Griffin heard plenty of predictions that trade shows were headed into extinction, but he emphasized they’ve weathered the financial storm and are poised to make further strides as operators blend the traditional strengths of trade shows with advances focused on technology, social media and meeting the current needs of shoppers.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)