Arthur Cinader, the founder of J. Crew, died Thursday morning. He was 90 years old.The cause of death was complications from a fall and head injury, said Cinader's son, Arthur Jr., adding that his father died of natural causes in hospice at the hospital.Cinader was described as a "visionary" by former employees, a posse of executives who rose through the retail ranks to occupy key merchandising and c-suites positions at a variety of retail and wholesale companies.
"Arthur backed me when I was still relatively young in the industry and I will be forever grateful," said Arnold Cohen, chairman and chief executive officer of Ghurka. "He urged me to be rational and thoughtful but aggressive. His fastidious nature, ensuring that the words used and expressed were an accurate reflection of intent, has positively influenced me throughout my career.
"Working with him was singularly the best career experience I ever had," Cohen continued. "He was my boss but, more importantly, a friend. He was immensely private. When I noticed a number of ex-colleagues of his passing, the response was quick and similar. Shock and sadness that he was gone, gratitude for what he had taught us all, uniform respect and, for many, a fond memory of a unique and magical time."
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.