In Brief: Jousse Quits Richemont … Brand Essence … Top Honors
JOUSSE QUITS RICHEMONT: Dominique Jousse has stepped down as group human resources director of Compagnie Financière Richemont, the Swiss luxury-goods group. The company said in a statement Wednesday that Jousse resigned for...
JOUSSE QUITS RICHEMONT: Dominique Jousse has stepped down as group human resources director of Compagnie Financière Richemont, the Swiss luxury-goods group. The company said in a statement Wednesday that Jousse resigned for personal reasons. She opted not to relocate her home from London to Geneva, where Richemont is centralizing its group services. “We appreciate the changes instituted during her tenure as group HR director, and wish her every success in her future endeavors,” said Johann Rupert, executive chairman of the company. Jousse, who joined Richemont in 2000, will step down on April 30. Richemont’s brands include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc and Chloé.
BRAND ESSENCE: Cherokee Inc. has agreed to an exclusive licensing deal with Essence magazine. The Van Nuys, Calif.-based brand broker plans to engineer retail licensing opportunities in women’s apparel and the home goods market for the glossy that is geared to the lifestyle of the African-American woman. Magazines and their access to specific customer databases offer a synergistic licensing platform for retailers, said Anthony Damiani, Cherokee’s senior vice president of brand development. “When a retailer and magazine pair up, you get really focused marketing,” he said.
TOP HONORS: Betsey Johnson will be honored by the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners with the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s Annual Signature Awards Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York on March 15. Johnson’s daughter, Lulu, will present her mother the award. The theme for the 2005 Signature Awards is Inspiring Women, Inspiring Business. “Betsey Johnson worked extraordinarily hard to get where she is, and hasn’t forgotten that it wasn’t always easy,” said Lara Kisielewska, president of NAWBO-NYC. Past Signature Award winners include Muriel Siebert, Diane von Furstenberg, Barbara Smith, Linda Ellerbee, Judy George, Eileen Fisher, Rachelle Friedman and last year’s Lifetime Achievement winner, Caroline Hirsch, founder of Caroline’s On Broadway. Tickets cost $165 for members and their first guest, and $250 for nonmembers. They can be purchased by accessing nawbonyc.org.
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)