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.
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)