LONDON — Belstaff’s new owners are moving quickly: Gavin Haig is out as chief executive officer and will be succeeded by Helen Wright, the former ceo at Anya Hindmarch.Ineos, which purchased Belstaff last fall for an undisclosed price, also said Sarah Doukas will join the Belstaff board. Doukas is the founder and manager of Storm Management, the modeling agency.The company said Haig was stepping down by mutual consent and with immediate effect.Wright served as Hindmarch’s ceo for two years, and before that was global vice-president of retail at Karl Lagerfeld. She also spent three years at Fendi as president of Europe, the Middle East and India, and has also worked in management roles at Ralph Lauren and Bamford.Hutson, former chairman of Soho House, is currently ceo and chairman of Lime Wood Group and Home-Grown Hotels, of which Jim Ratcliffe is a major owner-shareholder. Ratcliffe is the founder-owner of Ineos, the petrochemicals giant and Britain’s largest private company.Hutson said Ineos “sees great potential to revitalize and grow the business. There is enormous depth of talent and passion within the Belstaff management team and the company’s long-standing and valued suppliers. We aim to support and empower this talent with the required level of investment over the years ahead.”He also thanked Haig for his work on the brand.Belstaff was the second brand in the JAB stable to find a suitor following the sale of Jimmy Choo to Michael Kors for $1.2 billion last year. Only Bally remains.According to Bloomberg earlier this week, the frontrunner to buy Bally is Shandong Ruyi Group, the Chinese textiles giant and owner of Trinity Ltd., parent of Kent & Curwen, Gieves & Hawkes and Cerruti 1881. Bally has declined to comment on the sale process.Earlier this year, the multinational JAB, which owns beauty and consumer goods giants Coty, Inc., and Reckitt Benckiser, revealed its decision to divest its luxury businesses, including the publicly listed Jimmy Choo and the privately held Belstaff and Bally.At the time of the sale to Ineos, Haig said the company met with a wide range of potential buyers from around the world, ranging from private equity to trade to entrepreneurs, and chose Ineos because it believes it will be “a great custodian and a good home” for the brand.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.