In Brief: St. John Picks … Miller Gets Active … Desert Crossing …
ST. JOHN PICKS: Knitwear house St. John International announced that creative director Kelly Gray, the daughter of co-founders Bob and Marie Gray who has been the company’s model, entered into a new three-year agreement. In...
ST. JOHN PICKS: Knitwear house St. John International announced that creative director Kelly Gray, the daughter of co-founders Bob and Marie Gray who has been the company’s model, entered into a new three-year agreement. In addition, Marie Gray, chief designer of the Irvine, Calif.-based luxury brand, extended her employment pact through Dec. 31. St. John also said it has made three top-level appointments. Robert Green is the new executive vice president, sales and marketing, after stints at Ermenegildo Zegna, Calvin Klein and Zegna. Max Weinstein, executive vice president, operations, comes from Calvin Klein. Elfriede Campbell is leaving her post at Hermès of Paris to be executive vice president, human resources. They will report to Richard Cohen, chief executive officer, and will serve on St. John’s executive committee. Cohen, the former ceo of Zegna’s U.S. operations, was picked to lead St. John last year. The Gray family sold a majority of St. John to Vestar for $520 million in 1999 when the company was taken private, but retain a minority stake.
MILLER GETS ACTIVE: Warnaco Swim Group has named Doris Miller as vice president of activewear sales and licensing, a new post that reflects the company’s commitment to building this category. She will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Kathy Van Ness, executive vice president of Warnaco Swim Group. A 25-year industry veteran, Miller, 47, most recently was director of softline sales at Walt Disney Co. and also has held senior posts at Swimwear Anywhere, Fila and Nike. Miller will primarily oversee the Speedo Axcelerate activewear line, which hits stores this spring. Designed as a performance line, it has bright colors and contemporary styling.
DESERT CROSSING: Juniors’ manufacturer Hot Kiss in Los Angeles plans to open as many as 20 stores in the Middle East in the next five years through its exclusive international distribution agreement with Liwa Trading Enterprises LLC, a major Middle East retailer and marketer. The deal, brokered by Van Nuys, Calif.-based Cherokee Inc., marks the first Hot Kiss distribution agreement in the Middle East. “It’s a growing region and they’re looking for American brands,” said Larry Sass, senior vice president at Cherokee, which also has negotiated retail deals for Hot Kiss in China and South Korea. Hot Kiss will open two stores in Bahrain and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in March.FINANCO APPOINTMENT: Financo Inc., the investment banking firm, promoted Karen F. Goodman from director to managing director. She continues to report to Gilbert Harrison, chairman, and also will report to William Susman, president and chief operating officer. Goodman joined Financo in 1994 and has worked on the sale of Ellen Tracy to Liz Claiborne, the sale of Florsheim Shoes to Weyco Group and the sale of Oshman’s to Gart Sports. She also is responsible for developing strategic business plans, structuring financing and raising capital for new retail ventures.
Other Financo managing directors are Mary Ann Domuracki and Michael O’Hara. Financo also operates Mercantile Capital Partners, headed by Antoine Treuille, executive managing director, and managing directors Joshua Goldberg and Edward Harrison.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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