NATORI NAMES PRIORE: Natori Co. has appointed Patrick Priore to the new post of director of merchandising, reporting to Jessica Mitchell, senior vice president of sales and brand development.
Priore was most recently director of merchandising for the outerwear and woven tops businesses at Victoria’s Secret catalogue for nine months. Earlier, he was senior director of product development at Gap Inc., where he spent 12 years and was also responsible for product development of the Gap Kids business.
Josie Natori, chief executive of the Natori firm, said Priore’s background in retail, apparel merchandising and product development will lend a fresh eye to the merchandising of the company’s daywear, sleepwear, at-homewear and robe businesses. She added the company is currently looking for a director of design.
SARA LEE TAPS POLEG: Sara Lee Corp. has elected Eliaz Poleg a vice president of the corporation.
Poleg was recently named to the new position of supply chain chief for Sara Lee Branded Apparel. His responsibilities include the establishment of an integrated supply strategy across all apparel categories, global product sourcing and international trade and risk management. He reports to Cary D. McMillan, chief executive officer of Sara Lee Branded Apparel and executive vice president of Sara Lee Corp.
Poleg joined Sara Lee in 1995 as director of the Dim European hosiery and intimate apparel subsidiaries in France, where he managed the international development of Sara Lee’s largest European brand. In 2000, he was named president of Lovable in Italy and drove the reestablishment of the brand as a leader in the bra category. In 2002, Poleg was named ceo for Sara Lee Courtauld’s in London.
Prior to joining Sara Lee, Poleg held several management roles for 12 years at Delta Galil Industries, including managing director of Delta France and division manager for Sporting Delta Israel.
GARDNER JOINS MAIDENFORM: Robert Gardner has been named to the new post of vice president of sales for the eastern region for Maidenform Inc., reporting to Mitch Kauffman, senior vice president of sales.
Gardner is a veteran of the retail and manufacturing fields for intimate apparel. He served in various executive posts at Kaufmann’s Department Stores for 13 years — two as divisional merchandise manager of intimate apparel. He later served as a regional vice president of sales at Calvin Klein Underwear, director of sales at the licensed Tommy Hilfiger Intimates, and was most recently director of sales for the Vanity Fair, Lily of France and Tommy Hilfiger Intimates businesses, a part of VF Corp.’s Intimate Apparel Coalition.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)