NEW YORK — Diego Marchioni has been named chief executive of Kidrobot, the maker of collectible toys and a related apparel line. He is based in the company’s New York headquarters and reports to the Kidrobot board, while working closely with company founder and president Paul Budnitz.
Marchioni, who replaces Cynthia Roe in the top job, was previously chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Wildbrain, an L.A.-based entertainment company that produces the “Yo Gabba Gabba” children’s show on the Nick Jr. cable network. Wildbrain holds a majority stake in Kidrobot, and Marchioni also served as cfo of the latter company prior to his promotion to the ceo post. Earlier in his career, Marchioni was investment director at private equity firm Syntek Capital AG and a consultant at McKinsey & Co.
About 40 percent of Kidrobot’s sales come from apparel and 60 percent from toys. The men’s and women’s apparel lines are sold in about 130 stores worldwide, including Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Metropark, Fred Segal Fun, Riccardi and Revolveclothing.com. Additionally, the company operates freestanding stores in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami. The privately held company does not divulge total volume figures but said sales increased 40 percent in 2008.
From Jan. 22 to Feb. 21, Kidrobot will operate its first overseas pop-up shop at Selfridges Oxford Street in London, in the department store’s fashion-forward Wonder Room. Also on the horizon is a feature film based on various Kidrobot characters, which is in the early stages of production at Paramount.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast