Quick: When was the last time a top retail or apparel executive was recruited to run a major company outside the industry?
Stumped? Perhaps it's a sign of what many observers believe could be the industry's growing crisis: a dearth of executive talent. According to headhunters, educators and almost any industry veteran, successful recruitment and well-rounded training programs are key to the success of an industry, and tell-tale signs that retail and apparel are missing them include an increasing number of high-level outside hires, not to mention disappointing comps and earnings.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)