Elaine L. Boltz was named senior vice president, strategy and consumer research, a new position. Boltz will lead direct-to-consumer efforts, including catalogue and e-commerce, and develop strategies for consumer insight and research. Boltz was most recently executive vice president, corporate strategy, and chief marketing officer for AnnTaylor Stores Corp.
Judd Harner was appointed senior vice president, chief marketing officer for the Chico's brand, replacing Michael Leedy, chief marketing officer, who resigned in November. Harner will report to Michele Cloutier, brand president of Chico's. Harner was president and chief operating officer for Desgrippes Gobe, a branding and design firm, where he worked with Chico's on brand strategy.
George M. Reider, was named senior vice president, White House|Black Market stores. Reider will lead regional and district sales and report to Donna Noce, brand president of White House|Black Market. Reider was president of retail for S. Schwab Co., and has worked for Gap Inc., Ann Taylor and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Ronald L. Shulman was appointed vice president of production and sourcing. Shulman fills a position vacated by Charles MacMurray, who left the company. Shulman served as vice president of sourcing for J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and worked for Limited Brands Inc.
Evelyn Reynolds was selected vice president of Chico's merchandising, and will oversee the woven and accessories businesses for the Chico's brand. Reynolds was vice president, accessories, gifts and spa at Coldwater Creek, and held executive positions at Holt Renfrew.
Mary P. Tucker was named vice president of Chico's merchandising, responsible for knitwear for the Chico's brand. Tucker previously served as vice president, merchandise manager of the knitwear division at Victoria's Secret Direct, and has also worked for Penney's and Neiman Marcus.
"We continue to improve the bench strength of our leadership team with the recruitment of top talent," Scott Edmonds, chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.
Chico's has 1,037 women's specialty stores, including stores in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House|Black Market and Soma Intimates names.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)