In Brief: Trading Up … Flux at Ferre … Squinting Sales …
TRADING UP: Wendy Wieland-Martin, 50, has been promoted to the new post of vice president of international trade services at Kellwood Co. Wieland-Martin, who had been director of trade services, will oversee custom and trade compliance and...
TRADING UP: Wendy Wieland-Martin, 50, has been promoted to the new post of vice president of international trade services at Kellwood Co. Wieland-Martin, who had been director of trade services, will oversee custom and trade compliance and government relations for the firm. She reports to Tom Austin, president of Kellwood’s operating services division, who said, “Her expertise in international trade will help strengthen our presence in international markets.”
FLUX AT FERRE: Now that IT Holding chief Tonino Perna has sold Romeo Gigli and Gentry Portofino, he has more time to dedicate to his group’s other brands, namely Gianfranco Ferré. An IT Holding spokeswoman said Perna would take a more active role in the day-to-day managing of Ferré. “Formally, nothing has changed. Tonino Perna has always been involved in the running of Ferré, but he wants to dedicate more time to its development,” the spokeswoman said. As for Ferré’s current chief executive officer, Enrico Mambelli, the spokeswoman said it’s possible that in the future, Mambelli’s role could slightly change. A Ferré spokeswoman, however, said everything was status quo with Mambelli’s position and he would be attending the official opening of the new Ferré boutique in New York next week.
SQUINTING SALES: Eyewear group De Rigo’s first-quarter sales dropped slightly to 139.2 million euros from 139.9 million euros a year ago. In dollars, sales were $174.2 million versus $150.2 million last year. Figures have been converted to dollars at average exchange for the corresponding quarters. The company said sales grew 6.1 percent on a comparable basis, meaning results of the now defunct Eyewear International Distribution joint venture with Prada are stripped out of first-quarter 2003 figures. Strong sales growth in markets such as the far east and some European countries such as France, Greece, Germany and Spain drove wholesale sales up 1.9 percent for the quarter. Retail sales in the first quarter rose 5.7 percent on growth at De Rigo’s U.K. retail chain Dollond & Aitchison and Spanish chain General Optica.
MOVES AT JONES: Jones Apparel Group Inc. has named Andy Cohen group president of its L.E.I. and Energie divisions, succeeding Spencer Rosenheck, who left the company. Most recently, Cohen was president of Energie, and before that, president of Liz Claiborne’s Shelli Segal division. Cohen reports to Isaac Dabah, group chief executive officer of the Polo Jeans Co., Gloria Vanderbilt and L.E.I. divisions of Jones. In a related move, Peter Caminiti was named president of sales for L.E.I., reporting to Cohen. Most recently, Caminiti has been vice president of sales for L.E.I.
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)