A graduate of Ecole de Management de Lyon, Durie has had two stints at Louis Vuitton, where he was most recently vice president, merchandising, Asia Pacific, and was responsible for product and visual merchandising in 13 countries. He started his career at the company and then left in 2003 to join Yves Saint Laurent. Durie returned to Louis Vuitton in 2011. He is relocating to New York from Hong Kong to assume his role at J.Mendel.
With extensive experience in merchandising and strategic marketing, Durie was part of the leadership team that helped turn around Yves Saint Laurent. From 2008 through 2011, he served as president of Yves Saint Laurent Asia Pacific, doubling its regional footprint and spearheading expansion into China.
Durie said, “The possibility to develop the global potential of an ultraluxury brand synonymous with exclusivity, femininity and craftsmanship, with its two ateliers in the very heart of Manhattan, comes rarely. I am truly excited about this opportunity.”
During her tenure, Sokol was instrumental in the expansion of J.Mendel’s ready-to-wear, which now accounts for 60 percent of the wholesale business, as well as entering new international markets.
Mendel said, “I am [pleased] that Marc Durie is joining the J.Mendel team in this pivotal role. After conducting a thorough search with our partners, The Gores Group, we are convinced that Marc is the right leader for J.Mendel’s future. His intimate knowledge of the luxury universe, along with his considerable experience in key international markets, makes him well-poised to achieve successful growth of the J.Mendel brand around the world.”
The company has other developments underfoot. After 18 years at the same Madison Avenue address, J.Mendel is relocating a few blocks north in October to double its store’s space. And for the third consecutive season, Daniel Jackson has shot the J.Mendel advertising campaign, which will once again feature Dutch model Bette Franke as styled by Melanie Ward.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)