POLO NAMES SCHWARTZ: Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. tapped Aaron Schwartz to head Polo Ralph Lauren Footwear, effective April 3. Schwartz, who will report to executive vice president Jacki Nemerov, was most recently global president and chief executive officer of Bruno Magli, based in Bologna, Italy, and before that, vice president and divisional merchandise manager of women's shoes at Federated Department Stores. Prior to that, he held several accessory merchandising roles at Ann Taylor. At Polo, he will oversee all efforts for Ralph Lauren Footwear, and work with Tom Terry, senior vice president of footwear sales, and Marco Marin, vice president of Collection footwear sales, who will both report to New York-based Schwartz. "We bought back our footwear license earlier this year, making footwear a key component of our broader initiative of building a global luxury accessories business," Nemerov said in a statement.
NIKE SOCCER SITE: Nike teamed with Google on Monday to launch a soccer Web site at joga.com. The site is designed to be a global online community where users view profiles of players, post their own photos and chat with other visitors. The site may be viewed in 14 languages and is accessible by invitation only. Joga, which means "play" in Portuguese, is part of a push by Nike to expand its footprint in soccer. The company has launched a fashion collection this spring inspired by the World Cup and also has been building its performance soccer business with a wider range of apparel and equipment.
EMERGENCY DIET: Bad news continues to pile up at ST Dupont. The troubled French high-end pen and lighter firm said it would slash 190 to 205 jobs as part of a five-year restructuring plan to get back on its feet. The group, which employs about 850 people, also said it would close four of its 15 boutiques, including one in London and two in Japan. ST Dupont had a first-half net loss of 31.5 million euros, or $37.8 million at current exchange, and said it expected to lose 53 million euros, or $63.6 million, for the full year. In January, Chinese entrepreneur Dickson Poon, who is ST Dupont's main shareholder, agreed to give the debt-laden firm 42 million euros, or $50.4 million, to keep it operational.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion