In Brief: A Break From Bon-Ton … Too Promotes One … Eagle Execs Expand Roles …
A BREAK FROM BON-TON: The Bon-Ton Stores said Byron “Bud” Bergren, its vice chairman, is taking a medical leave “for a health condition that will require surgery.” In a statement, Tim Grumbacher, chairman and chief...
A BREAK FROM BON-TON: The Bon-Ton Stores said Byron “Bud” Bergren, its vice chairman, is taking a medical leave “for a health condition that will require surgery.” In a statement, Tim Grumbacher, chairman and chief executive of the York, Pa.-based department store group, said the firm is “looking forward to Bud’s complete recovery and his return midsummer.” Grumbacher also stated “a strong team remains in place and the company will continue its aggressive plans regarding the integration of the Elder-Beerman and Bon-Ton operations.” Bergren had been ceo of Elder-Beerman prior to its acquisition by Bon-Ton in October and has functioned as chief operating officer since Frank Tworecke resigned from that post last month to join Warnaco as president of its sportswear unit. A spokeswoman for Bon-Ton said Grumbacher still plans to retire as ceo in mid-2004 and the search for a successor is ongoing. Grumbacher and his family held a majority stake in Bon-Ton as of last May. Last week, the firm reported its net loss widened to $5.6 million in the first quarter as sales, fattened by the Elder-Beerman purchase, expanded 87.9 percent to $266.1 million.
TOO PROMOTES ONE: Douglas Probst has been promoted to vice president-finance and controller at Too Inc. Probst is a certified public accountant and has been with the company for 14 years. He previously served as vice president of finance. The announcement was made by William May, chief operating officer, who is temporarily taking over the duties of chief financial officer following the departure of Kent Kleeberger on Monday.
EAGLE EXECS EXPAND ROLES: Dennis Parodi, chief operating officer and vice president of American Eagle Outfitters New York Office, will be adding senior vice president of real estate to his title. Parodi, who joined the company in March 2003, takes over for George Sappenfield, who recently resigned. The company also announced that Michael Leedy will assume the role of chief marketing officer, replacing Michael Tam, who also resigned from his position. Leedy is currently responsible for strategic planning and e-commerce. Parodi and Leedy will report to Jim O’Donnell, chief executive officer.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty