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.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)