In Brief: Testoni Reacts … Schneider Joins Pringle … Burlington Taps Two …
TESTONI REACTS: Italian accessories brand A. Testoni is shifting responsibilities among its executives after Massimo Macchi, who was vice president of sales, merchandising and design, left to become chief executive officer of...
TESTONI REACTS: Italian accessories brand A. Testoni is shifting responsibilities among its executives after Massimo Macchi, who was vice president of sales, merchandising and design, left to become chief executive officer of Gianfranco Ferré. Arrigo Berni, ceo of A. Testoni, will oversee sales and merchandising activities until a replacement for Macchi is found. Yvan Benbanaste has been promoted to style director for women’s and men’s. He previously oversaw the men’s division. Nicola Invernizzi will continue to be women’s designer.
SCHNEIDER JOINS PRINGLE: Karen Schneider has been named head of merchandising for Pringle, a new position. Schneider, who began work earlier this month, based in London, was president and chief executive officer of Wolford America Inc. from May 1997 until December 2002. For the past two years, she has been working as an independent fashion consultant. Schneider, who reports to Pringle chief executive Kim Winser, is a member of the company’s senior management team and her brief is to lead, develop and execute Pringle’s merchandising strategy of growing the brand’s wholesale and retail businesses in Europe, Asia and North America.
BURLINGTON TAPS TWO: Burlington Worldwide Tuesday said it is hiring two executives from the former Cleyn & Tinker, the Canadian worsted firm that Burlington’s parent, International Textile Group, acquired in January. Frank Bakirdan took on the role of vice president of sales and merchandising for Burlington’s uniform, government and barrier products. Bakirdan, who was vice president of sales and marketing at Cleyn, reports to Jeff Peck, Burlington’s executive vice president of apparel fabrics. Michael Butterfeld was named product development manager, reporting to Dale Arnold, executive vice president of product development. He also had served as product development manager at Cleyn. The two executives will join Burlington on March 1.
LANDS’ END CUTS: Catalogue firm Lands’ End said on Tuesday it would cut more than 375 jobs as part of a restructuring effort to reduce costs. The company, owned by Sears, Roebuck & Co., will shed 200 full-time staffers, 175 part-timers and some “seasonal” jobs. Lands’ End will close its Cross Plains, Wis., call center on June 5. The company said phone orders have declined as consumers have opted to shop for merchandise through other channels, such as the Internet. Sears bought Lands’ End in 2002. Last year, Sears said it would be acquired by Kmart in an $11 billion merger. Shareholders will cast their ballots on the merger on March 24.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty