LIZ CLAIBORNE TAPS TWO, INTERNATIONALLY: Liz Claiborne Inc. has appointed Patricia J. Royak as president of Liz Claiborne Europe and Patricia Williamson as president of International Alliances. Both will report to Jorge Figueredo, president of Liz Claiborne International. In her new position, Royak, who was president of International Alliances, will lead the effort to grow the Liz Claiborne brand, identify opportunities for other brands in Europe and work closely with Mexx management. She will be based in Holland. Williamson assumes Royak’s former role and will be responsible for sales, marketing, merchandising and business development activities for Liz Claiborne in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. She has been vice president and general manager for Liz Claiborne Casual Petites.
END OF AN ERA: Putting its ill-fated ventures into the sporting goods business behind, The Benetton Group SpA agreed on Friday to sell its Prince sports equipment brand to the Lincolnshire Equity Fund LP, a U.S. investment firm, for $39.4 million. The sports businesses, which also included Nordica ski boots and Roller Blade inline skates, necessitated write-offs that will lead Benetton to report a full-year loss, its first, for 2002. The deal with Lincolnshire, already in the sports business, includes the Ektelon brand and a number of intangible assets and is expected to close at the end of April. The move completes a tumultuous year in which Luciano Benetton stepped down from daily management of the firm and managing director Luigi de Puppi said he would resign in mid-May following the firm’s annual meeting. De Puppi was originally brought into the firm to restructure its unprofitable sporting goods ventures. A successor to him has been selected, but that person’s identity hasn’t been revealed.
NEW CEO AT DORBY: Richard Silverstein has been named chief executive officer of The Dorby Group, formerly Dorby Frocks, to succeed Richard Golden. Most recently, Silverstein was president of merchandising and sales for Studio 1, a New York-based dress company. A 25-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries, Silverstein"will be instrumental in expanding the franchise into the department store channel of distribution," said Stephen Ruzow, president of Kellwood women’s wear. Known for its value-oriented, branded and private label dresses and sportswear, The Dorby Group consists of two divisions: Dorby and Miss Dorby. During a transition period, Silverstein will report to Golden, Dorby chairman and former ceo. Golden will retire from the company in September.
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye