LOS ANGELES — Gap Inc. said Wednesday Jack Calhoun has joined the company as executive vice president of marketing for Banana Republic, succeeding Amy Schoening, who resigned the post in January. Calhoun reports to BR president Maureen Chiquet....
LOS ANGELES — Gap Inc. said Wednesday Jack Calhoun has joined the company as executive vice president of marketing for Banana Republic, succeeding Amy Schoening, who resigned the post in January. Calhoun reports to BR president Maureen Chiquet.
Calhoun, 38, was most recently executive vice president for brand management and advertising at Charles Schwab. Prior to that, he spent six years heading up ad teams at Foote, Cone & Belding; Citron Haligman Bedecarre, and Young & Rubicam, as well as holding marketing positions at Levi Strauss & Co.
A spokeswoman for the San Francisco-based retailer declined to reveal marketing strategies Calhoun will implement for BR, but said: "We’re focused on listening to the customer, using that research for our marketing strategy and balancing those findings with creative thinking."
Two other top marketing positions remain vacant at Gap and Old Navy.
Overall, Gap appears to be in the first stages of a turnaround, having posted its fifth straight month of same-store sales growth in February after a two-and-a-half-year slide.
At Banana, analysts credit designer Deborah Lloyd, who arrived from Burberry in 2001, for giving Gap’s upscale division a leg up. "Just taking Banana Republic product back to its basic roots has helped," noted Joe Teklitz, an analyst at Wachovia Securities. "Spring should be as successful as fall. The next challenge is year-over-year comparisons."
BR’s 441 stores have improved, although they remain in negative same-store-sales territory, posting a 3 percent decline in February compared with a 10 percent drop in the same month last year.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast