Bruno Magli has nabbed one of its former executives, who’s also a veteran of Bally and Calvin Klein, to head up its footwear division in North America.Scott Prentice is now president of the Italian-born luxury shoe brand’s North American operations. Before joining Bruno Magli this month, Prentice worked for about four years as vice president of footwear with Calvin Klein and three years as North American director of Bally.Prentice also worked for a decade for Bruno Magli during the late Nineties and early Aughts in a “similar position” to his new executive role.“During that period, he strategically grew the North American footwear business through a process of refining the product mix while at the same time expanding the core base of retail customers,” the company said.President of Marquee Brands, Bruno Magli’s parent company, Michael DeVirgilio characterized Prentice’s appointment as a move toward further growth of the brand in North America.“Appointing Scott to this role is further evidence of Marquee's commitment to the Bruno Magli brand,” DeVirgilio said. “In the direct-to-consumer channels and international markets where the brand has access to the consumer, it continues to perform beyond our expectations. We believe Scott will be instrumental in further delivering on this experience for our current and future wholesale customers.”Bruno Magli’s North American partner Harbor Footwear Group is also pleased with the appointment, and the company’s president Dennis Lazar said Prentice “understands how we’re looking to grow and develop the business.”“His driving passion for the brand as well as his keen eye for product detail made him the ideal choice to head up this new and important brand for us,” Lazar added.Prentice could not be reached immediately for comment.For More, See:Michele Norsa Joins Board of Ermenegildo ZegnaVF Promotes North Face Exec to Brand PresidentElizabeth von der Goltz Joins Net-a-porter as Global Buying Director
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion