Stanley Silverstein has joined Perry Ellis International Inc. as president of international development and global licensing.
Silverstein was executive vice president of international strategy and business development at The Warnaco Group Inc. and stayed on after its acquisition by PVH Corp. earlier this year. His 29-year tenure made him one of only a few who served at Warnaco both before and after its 2001 bankruptcy.
At Perry Ellis, Silverstein will report to George Feldenkreis, chairman and chief executive officer, and Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer.
“Stanley will be a real asset to our organization,” said Oscar Feldenkreis. “There is tremendous appetite for our brands across the globe and now we have the dedicated leadership to pursue those opportunities. Stanley is a leader whose considerable experience will help shape our organization in the future.”
Silverstein commented, “I believe we have significant opportunities to enhance shareholder value by expanding and optimizing Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, as well as other sport and lifestyle brands in both developed and emerging markets.”
In addition to Perry Ellis and Original Penguin, the Miami-based company’s portfolio of brands includes Rafaella, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Ben Hogan, Farah, Cubavera and Jantzen.
On a conference call last month to discuss second-quarter financial results, Oscar Feldenkreis said the company was “looking at additional brands and potential acquisitions” within the golf market, where it already enjoys a market share of 75 to 80 percent in the U.S. Possibilities will be explored “not only in golf apparel, but also in other product categories that might become an opportunity to enhance our current lifestyle brands....We feel that not only domestically but internationally, it creates a lot of opportunities.”
The company’s net income for the first six months of 2013 was up 18.4 percent, to $8.5 million, as revenues declined 0.2 percent to $474 million.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast