NEW CFO FOR JONES DENIM: Tami Fersko has been named chief financial officer of Jones Apparel Group’s denim-based collection business. She oversees the financial business for the denim-based collections, comprising Polo Jeans Co., LEI and Sun...
NEW CFO FOR JONES DENIM: Tami Fersko has been named chief financial officer of Jones Apparel Group’s denim-based collection business. She oversees the financial business for the denim-based collections, comprising Polo Jeans Co., LEI and Sun Apparel. Fersko joined Jones in 1998 when it acquired Sun Apparel, where she most recently was senior vice president of operations and finance. In another move, the company promoted Joe Kaelin to controller. He reports to Fersko. Kaelin most recently served as accounting manager for the Sun division.
FIELDS 2 FACTORY: Factory 2-U Stores Inc. has named William Fields chairman and chief executive officer. He succeeds Mike Searles, who has held the president and ceo positions since March 1998 and the chairmanship since November of that year. Fields, 53, has an extensive background that includes serving as president and ceo of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from 1993 to 1996, and most recently, serving as chairman and ceo of Blockbuster Entertainment Group from 1996 to 1997. Having originally joined Wal-Mart in 1971 as an assistant store manager, Fields held various management positions for 24 years, culminating in his stewardship of the company. During his tenure, Fields oversaw more than 2,000 stores and 600,000 employees while growing Wal-Mart to more than $70 billion in sales from $40 million. Fields’ other experience includes the positions of president and ceo of the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1997 to 1999, as well as chairman and chief executive officer of Apec China Asset Management Ltd. from 1999 until October 2002.
ASHLEY TO SHUTTER STORES: In a bid to stem losses in continental Europe, Laura Ashley Holdings PLC will close five stores in France and six in Germany. In a statement Thursday, the company also said it plans to reduce the number of new stores slated for opening in the U.K. for the remainder of this year and next year. This year, 16 stores will have opened. The firm did not reveal how many stores had been planned. The store closings will result in an exceptional charge of $1.6 million for the year ended Jan. 25. The company said for the six weeks ended Nov. 2, total same-store sales rose 7 percent, while fashion sales pumped up 17 percent.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)