In Brief: Reilly Joins Ecko … Gucci Green … Barnowske Moves Up …
REILLY JOINS ECKO: James P. Reilly has joined Marc Ecko Enterprises as chief financial officer. He succeeds Dick Thrush, who was promoted to executive vice president, strategic development, and to whom Reilly reports. Most recently,...
REILLY JOINS ECKO: James P. Reilly has joined Marc Ecko Enterprises as chief financial officer. He succeeds Dick Thrush, who was promoted to executive vice president, strategic development, and to whom Reilly reports. Most recently, Reilly was vice president and controller of Tommy Hilfiger Corp., where he worked for 10 years. Prior to that, he spent eight years with Ernst & Young. At Marc Ecko Enterprises, Reilly is responsible for the company’s worldwide finance and accounting functions.
GUCCI GREEN: Gucci Group N.V. said that it will pay 4.24 euros, or $5.52 at current exchange rates, per Gucci share over the next few weeks. Nearly all the 450 million euros, or $585.99 million, of the capital payout will go into PPR’s coffers, since PPR owns more than 99.4 percent of Gucci. A PPR spokeswoman said the payout, which was approved by shareholders last December, is part of PPR's longstanding policy to optimize cash management by having subsidiaries with excess cash transfer it to the group level. Gucci said it will pay Dutch shareholders on Feb. 28 and will shortly thereafter make payments to U.S. shareholders in dollars. Gucci’s minority shareholders hold approximately 0.6 percent of the company’s capital.
BARNOWSKE MOVES UP: Robert Barnowske has been promoted to the post of vice president of design at Vera Wang. A nine-year company veteran, he was most recently design director. Barnowske reports to Vera Wang, chief executive officer and president.
GEOX EXPANDS: Italian-based footwear company Geox USA is expanding its presence in New York with a bi-level, 6,300-square-foot flagship at 575 Madison Avenue, at 57th Street. The company expects to move into its new space, which is a former Bank of New York branch, within six months. Geox also operates stores in suburban Long Island and New Jersey.
NYLON RISING: Citing the high costs of raw materials, energy and transportation, Honeywell Nylon will increase the price of all its nylon textile products by 5 percent to 10 percent, effective March 14. Based in Charlotte, N.C., and with facilities in the U.S., Canada and China, the firm produces nylon fibers used in activewear.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)