NEW YORK — Harry Slatkin has been named vice chairman at Belstaff.
Slatkin, who is an investor in the Labelux-owned brand and, since 2011, served as its chief executive officer, will continue in that role as well as vice chairman until the company hires a new ceo. He will remain on the Belstaff board.
“Over the last two years, we have worked hard to build Belstaff’s foundation,” said Belstaff chairman and Labelux ceo Reinhard Mieck. “As a global brand with offices in New York, London, Milan and Florence, we have forged a tremendous network, and the new ceo will continue to expand and enhance the future of the brand.” RELATED STORY: Belstaff Men's RTW Spring 2014 >>
At the recent Belstaff men’s presentation in Milan of the collection designed by the brand’s creative director, Martin Cooper, Slatkin told WWD that in the two years since the brand has been relaunched, sourcing and supply-chain operations have been refined, the company has begun shipping early and, as a result, prices have dropped 30 percent this year. “We are truly a global brand — and now we’re an affordable luxury one, too,” he said.
The change in management structure is part of Labelux’s strategy to expand the brand globally. Since the company was taken over by Labelux with a group of investors that also includes Tommy Hilfiger, a Belstaff store opened on Madison Avenue as well as in such cities as Munich and Milan. A London flagship is slated to open in September.
“In the past two years, Belstaff has repositioned itself as a global luxury leader,” Slatkin said. “The new ceo will have vast experience in worldwide retail, wholesale and operations, allowing Belstaff to implement its next phase of growth.”
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
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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
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