CEO TALKS: At Salvatore Ferragamo, Wanting Actions to Speak
Micaela Le Divelec Lemmi speaks to WWD in her first solo interview ahead of the brand's coed fashion show on Sept. 22 in Milan on her career, what attracted her to the job and how women managers are really rewarded at the company.
FLORENCE – “We know what needs to be done and we just have to do it.”
Understated yet sophisticated, very direct and eloquent, with a subtle sense of humor, Micaela Le Divelec Lemmi appears calm and undaunted by the task of steering Salvatore Ferragamo back to the growth path. Meeting exclusively with WWD at the company’s frescoed headquarters in the 13th–century Palazzo Spini Feroni here for her first solo interview, the newly minted chief executive officer relies on clarity of intent, the brand’s values, and confidence in the team as she sees the first signs of improvement at the company, which in the first half saw a 23.1 percent drop in profits to 59 million euros, on the back of a 6.2 percent decrease in revenues to 674 million euros.
As the conversation around sustainability only grows stronger in fashion circles, Everlane has made a new declaration: it’s saying goodbye to virgin plastic. The company, whose ethos is all about “radical transparency,” in terms of pricing and ethical factories, plans to be completely free of virgin plastics by 2021. “We’re producing millions of units and every unit that goes out is wrapped in plastic,” said founder and CEO, Michael Preysman. “At the beginning, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s just take off all these plastic bags.’ There are a lot of complications to that. Everything you buy in the world comes wrapped in plastic when it comes out of the factory.”
Meet Flamingo. The direct-to-consumer brand is Harry’s first foray into products designed specifically for women. The line goes beyond shaving, venturing into a space that is typically relegated to darker corners of the drugstore — at-home waxing. #wwdbeauty
Exclusive: @tommyhilfiger has tapped 22-year-old actress @zendaya to be his newest collaborator and together they will launch a see-now-buy-now collection in February. Speaking to WWD about the project, the Spider-Man actress said: “Fashion is more than just wearing cool clothes. It’s a way to celebrate self-expression and individuality, which is extremely empowering. This is why I am proud to partner with Tommy Hilfiger.” Tap the link in bio for the full scoop. #TommyXZendaya #wwdfashion