SEIKO TAPS PERRY: Seiko Corp. of America has named Les Perry to the position of executive vice president of sales and marketing. A company spokesperson said that Perry is taking over most of the responsibilities formerly held by Rick Vogler, executive...
SEIKO TAPS PERRY: Seiko Corp. of America has named Les Perry to the position of executive vice president of sales and marketing. A company spokesperson said that Perry is taking over most of the responsibilities formerly held by Rick Vogler, executive vice president and chief operating officer, who left the firm for personal reasons. The spokesman said the watch company has restructured its operations in the U.S. so that it no longer will have a chief operating officer. Perry most recently was general manager of Movado's ESQ brand, and has also held executive positions at Macy's East.EVERLAST'S NEW DEALS: Activewear firm Everlast Worldwide Inc. is expanding into new territories. The company has signed three licensing agreements in three separate countries. In Japan, the company inked a pact with Tomen for a line of bags, hats and socks. Tomen also markets Everlast apparel in Mexico. Everlast also signed a deal with Difusion Deportiva, a Mexico City-based company, to market and distribute Everlast socks in Mexico, while in Israel, the company signed a deal with Megamart Ltd. to market and distribute Everlast apparel in that country.JONES NAMES CFO FOR MODERATE: Amanda Bokman has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of the moderate apparel division of Jones Apparel Group. In this role, Bokman will assume the financial responsibility for all of the firm's moderate businesses, which includes Norton McNaughton, Erika, Energie, Gloria Vanderbilt, Evan-Picone, Nine & Co. and Joneswear. Bokman joined Jones in June 2001 through the acquisition of McNaughton Apparel Group, where she was vice president, chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer from 1992 through the merger.ESCALATE'S FORTUNES RISING: Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Escalate, which facilitates retail inventory management and other supply-chain services online, has secured $24.4 million in a combination of cash and convertible debt. The round of series D financing was led by Lighthouse Capital Partners and included Focus Ventures, Accel Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. The funds are slated to boost Escalate's sales, marketing and customer service efforts. Escalate also has added Neiman Marcus and Fred Meyer Jewelers to its client roster.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion