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.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye