NEW YORK — Change continues to sweep through the top ranks at Ralph Lauren Corp.
WWD has learned that Wayne Meichner, president and chief operating officer of Ralph Lauren Retail Group, will be leaving the company, and that Joy Herfel has been promoted to group president of wholesale and retail for the Americas, a new position.
Herfel, a 25-year veteran of Ralph Lauren, has been group president of men’s wear and children’s wear since 2009. She has been responsible for all men’s brands, including Purple Label, RLX, golf and women’s golf and for all children’s brands.
Two other key changes shook the ranks last month. Valérie Hermann, former president and chief executive officer of Reed Krakoff, was tapped to be president of Ralph Lauren Luxury Collections, another new post. Hermann will join the company in April and report directly to Ralph Lauren, chairman and ceo. When Hermann was selected, Lauren noted that the luxury part of the business has grown to a point where it deserved its own focus. Hermann’s role will be an extensive one, giving her oversight of Black Label, Purple Label, fine jewelry, eyewear, timepieces, handbags, RRL and fragrance.
Also last month, Saks Fifth Avenue’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Denise Incandela, joined Ralph Lauren as president of global digital and global e-commerce, replacing Eric Korman.
In the fall there was another dramatic move. Jackwyn Nemerov was promoted to president and chief operating officer, succeeding Roger Farah, who became executive vice chairman. Nemerov is responsible for global merchandising, manufacturing and supply chain operations, as well as the company’s retail, wholesale and licensing businesses worldwide. At that time Lauren formed an office of the chairman, led by him, that included Farah, Nemerov and Christopher Peterson, executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer. Hermann is now also part of the office of the chairman.
A spokesman for Ralph Lauren said Meichner’s departure is months away, possibly six. He had no information on Meichner’s plans. Meichner joined Polo in 2002 and had worked for Saks Fifth Avenue for 23 years, ultimately rising through the ranks to become the retailer’s executive vice president of merchandising.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion