The Seven For All Mankind brand has named Topher Gaylord president of the contemporary denim label, owned by VF Corp. He will begin on Oct. 1, based out of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.
Gaylord, 39, is president of VF’s International Outdoor and Action Sports business, based in Lugano, Switzerland. He joined the firm in 1993 and has held posts in sales, marketing and business development for The North Face in the U.S. He relocated to Europe in 2000 as managing director for The North Face, where he was for five years. In 2006, Gaylord was promoted to his current post.
In his new role, Gaylord will report to Michael Egeck, chief executive officer at Seven For All Mankind and president of VF’s Contemporary Brands Coalition. As president at Seven For All Mankind, Gaylord will hold responsibility for all aspects of the business in the Americas.
VF acquired Seven For All Mankind in July 2007 and has set a goal of opening some 100 freestanding stores over the next five years. Last week it opened the brand’s first New York store in SoHo. The company also has been expanding into new categories including sportswear, handbags and footwear. VF’s contemporary brands segment, home to the Seven and Lucy Activewear brands, reported revenues of $142.3 million last year, driven primarily by Seven. The two brands were credited with fueling revenues in the first half of this year, as well.
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