From fashion to real estate, Kevin Thompson, who held the post of vice president of customer experience and development at luxury department store Barneys New York for more than four years between 2011 and 2015, has been named chief marketing officer at Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, the group’s luxury global residential real estate firm.Thompson, who also worked as brand manager at Moncler and at Gucci in the role of area manager men's and women's ready-to-wear, will oversee Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates’ marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives worldwide. He reports to the company’s president and chief executive officer, Philip White.“Kevin Thompson has an extensive background working with globally recognized luxury brands and brings a passion for creating exceptional consumer experiences through the strategic use of marketing and branding,” White said. “He has a comprehensive understanding of the luxury consumer, which is an invaluable insight for our business, and his drive to inspire while also innovating aligns with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand mission. We welcome his marketing acumen as our brand continues to pioneer in the luxury residential real estate industry and we are proud to have him join our team.”Thompson is also the cofounder of nonprofit organization Ruiru Rising, which operates in rural Kenya by funding higher-education programs for at-risk kids. [caption id="attachment_10847777" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Clive Davis' duplex at New York Ritz Tower.[/caption] Founded in 1976, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates comprises a network of 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates, operating in 880 offices located in 66 countries in the world.In 2016, the company posted record global sales, especially boosted by the U.S. market, with annual volume of $95 billion.Currently, a Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates’ sales associate is managing the sale of Sony Music Entertainment chief creative officer Clive Davis’ duplex at Manhattan’s Ritz Tower, a co-op building on Park Avenue. The apartment is listed for $7.8 million.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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