In Brief: Perry Ellis Eyes … P.R. Appointment … New Recruit …
PERRY ELLIS EYES: Perry Ellis International has inked a licensing deal with Lantis Eyewear Corp. As part of the three-year arrangement, Lantis will manufacture and distribute sunglasses for the Perry Ellis, Perry Ellis Portfolio and...
PERRY ELLIS EYES: Perry Ellis International has inked a licensing deal with Lantis Eyewear Corp. As part of the three-year arrangement, Lantis will manufacture and distribute sunglasses for the Perry Ellis, Perry Ellis Portfolio and Perry Ellis America divisions. Product will launch at department and sunglass specialty stores this fall. Perry Ellis has an existing ophthalmic license with Oxford Ophthalmic.
P.R. APPOINTMENT: Polo Ralph Lauren has named Garine Zerounian as director of women’s public relations for the U.S. market. Zerounian had been manager of men’s, women’s and accessories public relations, events and celebrity dressing at Yves Saint Laurent, a unit of Gucci Group. She will oversee all domestic press for Ralph Lauren’s women’s Collection, Black Label, Blue Label and Collection accessories businesses. Zerounian reports to Rebekah Hirsch, vice president of fashion communications at Polo Ralph Lauren.
NEW RECRUIT: Kerson Partners, the Greenwich, Conn.-based executive search firm, has named veteran recruiter Julianne Martensen as a vice president. Martensen has 10 years experience recruiting in the consumer products, consumer services and retail sectors, and was previously with Heidrick & Struggles’ consumer practice division, responsible for international retail, fashion and luxury goods search activities. At Spencer Stuart, she was a generalist responsible for search strategy and execution in the retail, consumer products, services and health care industries. Prior to that, she held corporate recruiting and staffing positions at Melville Corp. Kerson Partners is headed by Robert Kerson, who reentered the search business in 2004, after sitting on the sidelines for about a year due to a noncompete agreement with Korn/Ferry International, where he was managing director of global retail practice.
WAL-MART’S NEW NOTES: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said in a brief statement Tuesday that it took the first steps for a proposed offering of $1 billion in notes due 2010. Lehman Brothers Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. will serve as lead underwriters for the offering, which will be priced today.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)