Wal-Mart Stores Inc., escalating its war against Amazon for online shoppers, has hired Denise Incandela, a veteran of upscale digital businesses, WWD has learned.Incandela will become senior vice president of fashion for Wal-Mart's U.S. e-commerce sites, which include Walmart.com, Jet.com and Shoes.com.She will join Wal-Mart on Oct. 2 and be based at the Hoboken, N.J. headquarters of Jet.com. She will report to Scott Hilton, chief revenue officer for Wal-Mart's U.S. e-commerce business."Fashion is a critical category for our e-commerce business given its importance to our customers," said Hilton. "She brings incredible leadership that will significantly enhance our efforts to create a specialty shopping experience for our millions of shoppers."Incandela is serving as interim chief executive officer of Aerosoles, which went bankrupt last week. Incandela has only been with Aerosoles since April.Before Aerosoles, Incandela served as president of Ralph Lauren Global Digital, leading the $700 million global consumer direct business. She stayed three years at Ralph Lauren until leaving reportedly due to some differences with management.Before joining Ralph Lauren in February 2014, Incandela spent more than 14 years at Saks Fifth Avenue in senior roles including executive vice president and president of Saks Direct. She is credited with building Saks' digital business from the ground up. Earlier at Saks, she served as chief marketing officer. She helped the company integrate marketing initiatives across its channels of business.Incandela, who lives in Manhattan, is considered a strategic thinker, numbers-oriented and said to be big on utilizing customer insights and data analytics for building businesses. She joined Saks Fifth Avenue in 1999, where she also held the titles of senior vice president of business development and group senior vice president.Prior to joining Saks, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., working in the retail practice.A year ago, Marc Lore, founder of Jet.com, sold the site to Wal-Mart for $3.3 billion and subsequently was named president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart’s e-commerce arm. Walmart.com sees up to 100 million unique visitors a month according to comScore.Wal-Mart also owns men's wear retailer Bonobos; home goods retailer Hayneedle; shoe retailer ShoeBuy; Modcloth, a vintage apparel-inspired retailer, and multichannel outerwear retailer Moosejaw. Wal-Mart operates e-commerce in 10 countries including the U.S.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.