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.
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