In Brief: Hirsch Gets Promotion … Fina to Brooklyn … Rafé Revs Up in Japan …
HIRSCH GETS PROMOTION: Rebekah Hirsch, former senior director of fashion communications for Polo Ralph Lauren, has been promoted to vice president of fashion communications, a new post. Hirsch will continue to oversee all Ralph Lauren fashion...
HIRSCH GETS PROMOTION: Rebekah Hirsch, former senior director of fashion communications for Polo Ralph Lauren, has been promoted to vice president of fashion communications, a new post. Hirsch will continue to oversee all Ralph Lauren fashion communications, including women’s, men’s, children’s and celebrity public relations, and will add responsibility for European fashion communications in coordination with the European teams. She continues to report to Nancy Murray, senior vice president, p.r. and financial communications at Polo.
FINA TO BROOKLYN: Bridal jeweler Michael C. Fina plans to open a second unit at 8211 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn later this fall. The 1,800-square-foot boutique will offer a mix of engagement rings, wedding bands, gifts for the bride and the new Michael C. Fina tabletop collection. The store also will feature jewelry by Tacori, Scott Kay, Diana Classic and Primak. It is being created by Lydia Yoslow Designs and Consolidated Design Studio in light maple and black laminate, with glass shelving. Fina’s other unit is at 545 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
RAFE REVS UP IN JAPAN: Handbag brand Rafé is accelerating its expansion into the Japanese market with the opening of its third in-store shop there last month. The outlet was originally slated to open in 2005. Located in the Hankyu Department Store in the Yurako-cho section of Tokyo, the shop is 460 square feet and modeled after the company’s flagship in Manhattan’s East Village. Women’s handbags and shoes, as well as men’s accessories, are sold at the store. The two other Rafé in-store shops opened in Nagoya in September 2003 and in Yokohama earlier this year.
WAL-MART FILLS H.R. VOID: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it hired Lawrence Jackson as executive vice president of its people division, where he will oversee human resources for the company’s 1.5 million employees. Jackson resigned as president and chief operating officer of Dollar General Corp. last week to accept the position at Wal-Mart. He succeeds Coleman Peterson, who retired in April, and will join the company on Friday, reporting to chief executive officer Lee Scott. Prior to his employment at Dollar General, Jackson was vice president of supply operations at Safeway Inc. and, before that, senior vice president of worldwide operations for PepsiCo Food Systems.
@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