NEW YORK — Jason Weisenfeld, Coach Inc.’s senior vice president of global brand communications and collaborations, is leaving the handbag and accessories brand.
Weisenfeld, who has been at Coach for four years, will exit May 16. A successor has not yet been named.
“It’s been nine amazing years of working with Coach — five as an outside consultant and four in-house,” Weisenfeld told WWD. “I will continue to serve as a consultant to the Coach Foundation and am excited about several new projects as well as enjoying the summer. Coach’s next chapter is fully in swing with Stuart [Vevers’] first collection launching this fall, which I know will be a tremendous success”
The Coach Foundation, which the company launched in 2008, funds projects and provides charitable contributions to local communities.
Weisenfeld cofounded public relations firm Lividini Weisenfeld Partners with Jaqui Lividini in 2005. Today, Lividini operates her own firm, Lividini & Co.
Prior to Coach, Weisenfeld served as global advertising and communications director at Versace in Milan, and before that, he was vice president of public relations at Barneys New York.
His departure is part of a larger transition at Coach. Last year, president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff left the brand after 16 years to focus on his own label. Lew Frankfort, who started at Coach in 1979, stepped down as chief executive officer early this year, but remained executive chairman. These changes ushered in a new guard, with Victor Luis transitioning from president of Coach International to ceo. To fill Krakoff’s shoes, Coach nabbed Loewe’s former creative director Vevers last year.
Coach introduced Vevers’ first collection in February during New York Fashion Week to largely positive reviews. Vevers and Luis are working to transition Coach into a dual-gender lifestyle brand with a sizeable footprint in the U.S. and abroad.
“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
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