LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton tapped Mark Weber as chief executive officer of LVMH, Inc. (U.S.) and chairman and ceo of Donna Karan International on Tuesday, ending a lengthy and much-talked about search to replace Jeffry Aronsson, whose tenure as DKI’s president and ceo has now officially ended.
In his new role, Weber will explore strategic opportunities for LVMH in North America, as well as managing and supporting that business’ central operations here. As reported in these pages on Tuesday, Weber, who is joining the LVMH Group executive committee, is also taking over the worldwide operational responsibility for LVMH’s Thomas Pink division.
For Weber, this marks a return to Seventh Avenue after being unceremoniously dismissed from PVH last February after 33 years, the last eight months of which he served as ceo. Weber joins the company at a crucial turning point.
The business, while still considered fragile by some industry observers, has been on an uptick over the past two years, particularly at the Collection level, and DKI is said to be operating profitably since 2005.
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@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive