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In Brief: Jousse Quits Richemont … Brand Essence … Top Honors

<STRONG>JOUSSE QUITS RICHEMONT:</STRONG> 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.

This story first appeared in the January 27, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.