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.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast