Holt Renfrew, continuing to build a new senior management team as it faces increasing competition across Canada's retail landscape, has hired Linda DeFrances as senior vice president and general merchandise manager.[caption id="attachment_10869459" align="alignnone" width="300"] Linda DeFrances[/caption]DeFrances will oversee all merchandise divisions which include women's and men's wear, beauty and accessories.In addition, Manuel Frei has been named creative director, a new position involving all aspects of creative direction, marketing and communications, fashion direction and store design.[caption id="attachment_10869473" align="alignnone" width="300"] Manuel Frei[/caption]DeFrances and Frei report to Mario Grauso, president of the Toronto-based Holt Renfrew. Grauso became Holt's president last September after serving as president of Joe Fresh. When he came in as president, Grauso assumed the chief merchant role, which had previously been held by Steven Cook.Most recently, DeFrances was vice president of women' ready-to-wear and brand development at Saks Fifth Avenue. Earlier, she was the divisional merchandise manager of women's wear at Bergdorf Goodman, and prior to that she was a buyer at Barneys New York.Frei has held various roles with Condé Nast, Bally, Moncler and most recently was executive creative director at Laird + Partners.Holt has been going through an aggressive $300 million expansion program over the last several years, geared to take the retailer from a total of 800,000 square feet to more than 1.2 million square feet. The company is also seeking to eclipse $1 billion in revenues. Last year was estimated by sources to be somewhere around $900 million in annual volume, though recent entries into the country by Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue in the past couple of years has heightened the competition.
Holt Renfrew is part of the Selfridges Group, which is also owned by the Weston family who control Loblaw Cos. Ltd., which includes Joe Fresh.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews