BURBERRY’S NEW RECRUIT: Burberry has named Laura Hall senior vice president, accessories and shoes. Hall, who will begin Nov. 1, replaces Pamela Harper and will report directly to Rose Marie Bravo, Burberry’s chief executive officer. Harper is now the head of Burberry’s newly formed infrastructure redesign program. Hall will focus on product development, production and merchandising for the Burberry London accessory and shoe collections worldwide. She spent 13 years at DFS Group Ltd. before joining Burberry, most recently as vice president, global merchandise manager, fashion. Before joining DFS, she was group vice president, women’s sportswear, for I. Magnin, the former San Francisco-based specialty retailer that Bravo once headed.
TOMMY’S GO-SEE: Tommy Hilfiger is looking for fresh faces to walk the runway in his next fashion show. No, they won’t “take the runway” in Bryant Park, but rather Rego Park in Queens. Young women, men and children (ages six to 20) are invited to attend an open casting call in the Tommy Hilfiger junior department at Macy’s Rego Park location from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Winners will be chosen to participate in Hilfiger’s all-division fashion show at Macy’s-Rego Park this Saturday at 1 p.m. Jive recording artist Samantha Jade will perform at the fashion show.
CLIPPED WINGS: Wall Street punished shares of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. after the specialty retailer revised its third-quarter earnings-per-share forecast to 43 cents to 44 cents from 45 cents to 46 cents. The stock fell 12.1 percent to $21.89 at the market close on Tuesday. Earnings from continuing operations in the same period last year was 39 cents, the company said in a statement. “While store traffic has been inconsistent in September, overall, the month-to-date is slightly positive for the 240 stores where store traffic comp is measured,” the retailer said. “Comp-store sales month-to-date through Sept. 19 are up approximately 11 percent.”
OAKLEY’S NEW CEO: Scott Olivet will become chief executive officer and a director of Oakley Inc. on Oct. 10, replacing founder, chairman and current ceo Jim Jannard. Olivet, formerly Nike Inc.’s vice president of subsidiaries and new business development, helped build the athletic giant’s multibranding strategy and spearheaded the management of Cole Haan, Converse, Hurley, Starter and Bauer-Nike Hockey. Jannard will stay on as chairman at Oakley, which had net sales of more than $600 million in the year ended June 30.
This story first appeared in the September 21, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.