In Brief: EU-China Trade Talk… Beyers Leaves Richemont… Puma Board
European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday that the EU will continue to monitor textile market developments after the import quotas on 10 categories of Chinese textiles and apparel, imposed in June 2005, are removed at the end of...
EU-CHINA TRADE TALK: European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday that the EU will continue to monitor textile market developments after the import quotas on 10 categories of Chinese textiles and apparel, imposed in June 2005, are removed at the end of this year. Commenting after talks in Brussels with China's Commerce Minister, Bo Xilai, Mandelson said that both sides were aware of the problems associated with the return to normal trade and had agreed to work to avoid any destabilization of the market. The EU's ballooning trade deficit with China and problems related to intellectual property rights also dominated the discussions, Mandelson said. The trade deficit with China, he said, "not only poses major economic problems for us, but is a major challenge of political management for both sides."
BEYERS LEAVES RICHEMONT: Piet Beyers, marketing services director at Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, will retire at the end of the month, the company said Monday. Beyers also will step down from his position on the board of Richemont SA, the group's management board that he joined in 2000. Anne Dellière, who has worked with Beyers since 2003, will replace him as marketing services director. He will not be replaced on the board. "He has been an innovative thinker, a trusted adviser and a good friend," said Johann Rupert, Richemont's executive chairman. "We will all miss his insight into both the luxury industry in general and, in particular, his critical analysis of the approach taken to marketing luxury products."
PUMA BOARD: Puma said it would appoint Melody Harris-Jensbach, former international product director, women, at Esprit, to its board of management Jan. 1. Harris-Jensbach, 46, will replace Martin Gaensler, who said last November that he would retire. Harris-Jensbach will assume responsibility for product, product development, design, business unit management and worldwide sourcing for Puma's retail business. Based in Herzogenaurach, Germany, she will report to Jochen Zeitz, chairman and chief executive officer of Puma AG.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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