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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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