As part of a restructuring plan to deal with domestic and international growth, Reem Acra has a new management team in place.
Victor Lipko, who joined the bridal and eveningwear company in January as acting president, has made a number of executive hires. He remains managing partner at Valko Consulting. An executive search for a permanent president is not expected to get under way until the restructuring is complete.
Leslie Fleming has been named director of sales for evening and ready-to-wear. She replaces Heather Watson. Most recently, Fleming was vice president and director of sales for Peter Som.
Jerry Weinbrom has joined the company as chief financial officer, a new post. Earlier, he was cfo at Calypso and before that was cfo at the Echo Design Group. At Reem Acra, Weinbrom is actively participating in investor discussions.
Renata Correira, a former Oscar de la Renta executive, is now director of bridal sales, taking over a role formerly held by David Cobell.
Another newcomer to the company is Fred Wells, who is head of production. He was most recently production manager at Vera Wang. At Reem Acra, he has streamlined and restaffed the production team to deal with current and anticipated future growth.
Reem Acra, founder and chief executive officer, said, "Victor's experience running luxury businesses such as Judith Leiber, Christian Dior and Paloma Picasso, as well as his luxury goods consulting practice, brings strength and experience to the company's infrastructure that will enable us to properly service our customer needs as we grow."
@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