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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews