Hunter Boot Ltd., the British rain boot and accessories firm, has beefed up its senior management team.
Niall Sloan has been tapped as global design director. He will oversee the development and design of all product categories. For the past 10 years, Sloan has been with Burberry, most recently as senior women’s wear designer for Burberry Prorsum. His first collection for Hunter will be for fall 2014.
Ken Pratt has joined the firm as chief financial officer. Most recently, he was cfo of Signet UK, having spent 10 years with Liz Claiborne, establishing and leading its European apparel operations and overseeing its merger with Mexx.
Dan Lumb has been named online director, overseeing all global online functions for Hunter and the continued development of its e-commerce business. Most recently, Lumb was director of e-commerce at Reiss, where he launched their global Web site and drove significant growth in their e-commerce business.
In addition, Ali Lowry has been named global communications director. Earlier, Lowry was with Giorgio Armani, where he oversaw U.K. public relations and marketing activity.
These moves follow the naming in February of Alasdhair Willis as creative director and Fabrizio Stroppa as commercial sales director, as well as the appointment of James Seuss as chief executive officer last December.
In 2012, funds managed by Searchlight Capital Partners L.P. became majority shareholders in Hunter.
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