POSH PUNCH: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is on a rum run. Moët Hennessy, its wines and spirits division, said Wednesday it will launch 10 Cane, a prestige rum. Originating from Trinidad, 10 Cane will be launched in partnership with Trinidad Distillers in the U.S. this spring and will retail for more than $30 a bottle. LVMH, which bought Glenmorangie, one of Scotland’s most prestigious single-malt whisky makers last December, is expanding its stable of spirits brands. However, it did not appear to be immediately interested in acquiring brands of the British sprits group Allied Domecq, some of which could be off-loaded if Pernot Ricard succeeds in its recent takeover bid.
NEW PRINCIPAL: Herbert Mines Associates, an executive search firm for the retail, fashion and consumer products industries, named Dan Searby as a principal. Searby, a former marketing executive with Restaurant Associates and Coca-Cola, will be responsible for expanding Mines’ presence in the food service and hospitality markets. Hal Reiter, chief executive officer of Herbert Mines, said the addition of Searby would enable his firm to “access a wider candidate pool to help clients find the right leadership talent.”
NEW BREEDER: Ken Seiff, former chairman and chief executive of Bluefly, the off-price Web site, has teamed up with Alex Drosin to form Glowcast Ventures, a media and Internet incubator. Drosin is the former president of Broadway Video Enterprises, a media production and distribution company he cofounded with Lorne Michaels. Glowcast is located at 160 Varick Street in lower Manhattan. Seiff, an entrepreneur who started Bluefly, said Glowcast’s first venture is a cable television channel start-up.
COMMUNICATING AT BOTTEGA: Marisa Gallagher has joined Bottega Veneta as director of communications for the U.S. market. She replaces Nicole Felsen, who had been with the company for five months. Most recently, Gallagher worked in public relations at Prada USA Corp. She will oversee Bottega’s U.S. fashion press relations and advertising for the women’s, men’s and home divisions. She will report to Lisa Pomerantz, Bottega Veneta’s worldwide communications director.
TIFFANY AT LA CANTERA: Tiffany & Co. is the latest high-end retailer to announce that it’s opening a store in San Antonio’s The Shops at La Cantera. The 1.3 million-square-foot open-air center is set to be completed in September and also will house Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The Tiffany boutique will span 6,000 square feet and will feature a limestone entry arch to complement the mall’s Southwest-style architecture. Among the offerings will be the brand’s engagement rings, fashion jewelry and watches, accessories, china and crystal gifts.
This story first appeared in the April 7, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.