British luxury mobile phone company Vertu has tapped Jonathan Sinclair as chief operating officer. Sinclair will oversee all company operations, reporting directly to chief executive officer Perry Oosting, who had until recently also been covering the chief operating officer role.
“Jonathan is an expert leader and a charismatic personality, who has always obtained extraordinary results with numerous high-end brands,” said Oosting. “His deep experience in the private equity sector combined with his excellent career in luxury make him the ideal candidate for this role.”
Sinclair was formerly general director and chief operating officer at Jimmy Choo, and had also worked for Pentland Brands plc and The Boots Company plc.
“Over the past ten years, Vertu has seen extraordinary growth,” said Sinclair, adding: “It’s an important moment to join this company, and I’m enthusiastic to have the opportunity to take a leading role in the development and implementation of the company’s strategy.”
Vertu phones are available at roughly 500 stores, including 70 Vertu boutiques, in 66 countries worldwide. Significant expansion in Europe, the U.S. and Asia is underway, and by the end of 2013, Vertu will have opened an additional 49 sales points, 26 of them monobrand.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion