MILAN — Massimo Suppancig, who had been rejuvenating the historic Swiss brand Jet Set, has left the company for personal reasons.
Parent company Gaydoul Group, a Swiss investment firm, has appointed Myriam Mele as the brand’s news managing director. Mele returns to Jet Set, where she was in charge of marketing and retail until she took over the Könix store in Zurich, establishing a multibrand footwear concept. Mele will be supported in her new position by her husband, Gegè Mele, who has also already worked for Jet Set. For almost 20 years, he managed sales at the national and international level, and he will now take over the areas of wholesale and product coordination. RELATED STORY: Jet Set RTW Fall 2013 >>
“The new management team is highly familiar with both the Jet Set brand and the industry. Its task is to concentrate the product portfolio, position a clear brand statement and develop new concepts for the wholesale and retail area,” said the company.
Hailing from Saint Moritz, the brand was founded in 1969 and broke ground in the luxury sportswear segment. Favored by the likes of Gianni Agnelli and Grace Kelly, Jet Set’s popularity peaked in the Eighties. Suppancig, who has worked in executive positions at firms such as Hugo Boss, Escada, Valextra and Ittierre, joined Jet Set in summer 2011, expanding its product offer and evolving it into a leisure, luxury and comprehensive brand.
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