Hudson’s Bay Co., continuing to rebuild its management, has named Michael Crotty executive vice president and chief marketing officer, and Russ Hardin senior vice president and chief creative officer.
Crotty and Hardin, both well known in fashion and retail circles, will work at the HBC Department Store Group, which includes the Hudson’s Bay chain in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S. They will report to Liz Rodbell, incoming president of the HBC Department Store Group.
“The new leadership will help us drive our marketing and creative efforts at Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, as we embark on our long-term growth strategies,” said Rodbell. Crotty succeeds Marc Metrick, who became chief administrative officer. Hardin is filling a new role.
Crotty has more than 25 years experience in multichannel retailing, marketing and brand management. Most recently, he worked at Nordstrom. Earlier, he worked at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Rodbell said Crotty will be responsible for the overall marketing strategy for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor.
Hardin recently worked at Kohl’s. Earlier, he ran his own brand-development agency and before that held positions at Saks Fifth Avenue, Avon Products and Lord & Taylor. Rodbell said Hardin will be responsible for building all creative elements for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, and lead social media, public relations and event activities.
Crotty and Hardin will be based in Toronto and New York, and supervise teams in both markets for Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. The department store group operates with a central senior management structure and separate Hudson’s Bay and L&T teams reporting into the central squad.
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