In Brief: Stein Mart Names CEO … Bendel’s Own Show … Haggar Nominees …
STEIN MART NAMES CEO: Michael D. Fisher has become chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc., replacing the retiring John H. (Jack) Williams Jr. The succession plan was announced in June. Fisher, 55, joined Stein Mart in 1993 as executive vice...
STEIN MART NAMES CEO: Michael D. Fisher has become chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc., replacing the retiring John H. (Jack) Williams Jr. The succession plan was announced in June. Fisher, 55, joined Stein Mart in 1993 as executive vice president of stores after nearly 20 years in department stores. He became Stein Mart’s president and chief operating officer in 2001. Williams, 65, joined Stein Mart in 1980, when the company consisted of three stores. He became president in 1990 and ceo in 2001. The chain currently operates 265 stores, which sell moderate to designer brands in women’s, men’s, children’s, accessories, gifts, linens and shoes. Jay Stein continues as chairman and Williams as vice chairman. Fisher and Gwen Manto, executive vice president of merchandising, will be nominated as directors.
BENDEL’S OWN SHOW: Those fashion followers who can’t wrangle invitations to the upcoming New York shows will be able to get a taste of them at Henri Bendel. The retailer, along with Seventh on Sixth, is staging its inaugural Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Boutique in which designers like Matthew Williamson, Diane Von Furstenberg and Luella Bartley will make special appearances at the store in the days following their runway shows. In some cases, the designers will also preview to shoppers several looks from their fall shows. "We think there is more and more interest in bringing the consumer some of the energy and excitement that happens inside the tents," said Fern Mallis, executive director of Seventh on Sixth. "Everything we’re doing there [at the tents] is about getting somebody into the stores ultimately." And, like at the tents, sponsors like Evian andCourvoisier will be handing out samples to shoppers.
HAGGAR NOMINEES: Rae Evans will stand for reelection to Haggar Corp.’s board of directors at the firm’s annual meeting on April 2, and James Neal Thomas has been nominated to fill the board post to be vacated by Donald Godwin, whose legal work on Haggar’s behalf disqualified him from consideration as an independent director based on Nasdaq’s proposed new rules. Thomas retired in 2000 as a senior audit partner with Ernst & Young and, if elected, will serve on the board’s audit committee in compliance with new regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a move opposed by Haggar’s board, Kahn Brothers & Co., which controls about 13 percent of the company’s stock, is soliciting proxies to elect Thomas Kahn and Mark Schwarz to the two seats being elected at Haggar’s upcoming meeting.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia