PARIS — German luggage maker Rimowa has hired Rocky Jacob as chief product officer, signaling its ambition to ramp up innovation with products including intelligent objects, WWD has learned.Jacob, previously lead industrial designer at smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs, will be in charge of products, design, marketing and research and development. He will report to Alexandre Arnault, joint chief executive officer of the company, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.Arnault, the son of LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault, holds a master’s degree in innovation at the elite Paris school Polytechnique and has been working closely with Ian Rogers, chief digital officer at LVMH, on initiatives such as the LVMH Innovation Award for start-ups.Jacob was hired at Nest by cofounders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. Following its acquisition by Google, now Alphabet, Fadell left his role as ceo of Nest. A serial inventor who developed the iPod for Apple, Fadell was among the heavy-hitters on the jury of the LVMH Innovation award.Jacob, who studied at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, will be returning to Germany, working at Rimowa’s headquarters in Cologne.It’s the second high-profile appointment at Rimowa this month.Hector Muelas, who rose to prominence in fashion as chief image officer at Donna Karan International, has been named as chief brand officer, charged with heading global brand marketing and communications, as reported.Founded in 1898, Rimowa is credited with launching the first suitcases in aluminum and polycarbonate, in 1937 and 2000, respectively. Four-wheel designs and waterproofing are other breakthroughs.More recently it introduced a case with an electronic tag that links it to a smartphone via Bluetooth, simplifying the check-in process.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)