ESPRIT TAPS LEVY-GANZ: Esprit de Corp. has named Ellen Levy-Ganz vice president of accessories, a new position. Levy-Ganz is based in the firm's New York showrooms at 1370 Broadway and reports to Andrew Cohen, president of wholesale. Prior to joining Esprit, Levy-Ganz spent over 10 years at Anne Klein Co. She held senior sales positions in the Collection and Anne Klein II divisions, and was most recently vice president of sales for the A Line division.
SWATCH FOR PEACE: The United Nations was the site of Swatch's latest promotion, which took place last Wednesday and was held to unveil the Unlimited, a new watch created for the U.N.'s 50th anniversary. According to Nicholas G. Hayek, chairman and chief executive officer of SMH/Swatch, five Swiss francs (roughly $3) from the sale of each watch will be contributed to the U.N.'s 50th Anniversary Trust Fund, which supports youth educational and communications projects around the world. The watches have already been distributed to stores worldwide, and Hayek said the company hopes to sell 1 million of them, at $80 retail apiece, this year. The watch was created by Young Aspirations/Young Artists Inc. (Ya/Ya), a New Orleans-based arts and education organization. One side of the strap's design symbolizes a torn globe being sewn back together and the other depicts hands of varied races grasped together in solidarity, along with the UN50 emblem. A portion of the strap is clear so that the wearer's skin color shows through, providing a reminder to everyone that all people have a role toward creating a better world, said Hayek.
RAMSEY IN AT JIC.: Lynn Ramsey has been named president and chief executive officer of the Jewelry Information Center, a New York-based promotional association for jewelry manufacturers and retailers. Ramsey was at N.W. Ayer & Partners, where she served as a vice president as well as the manager of that company's Diamond Information Center division. She succeeded Steffan Aletti, who left the JIC organization in January.
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"