MILAN — Carlo Capasa has been appointed president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana.
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The entrepreneur succeeds Mario Boselli, who has headed the Italian fashion organization for 15 years. Boselli is to be nominated honorary president of the chamber on May 14 during the next meeting of the board.
Chief executive officer Jane Reeve is leaving her role on June 30 and her duties are to be passed on to Capasa. Despite the fact that Reeve will leave only 18 months after joining the chamber, Boselli underscored that he had “worked well with her,” describing her as “loyal.”
When Reeve was appointed as the first ceo of the association, backed by industry heavyweights and an increasing number of Italian fashion brands, expectations were high as she was asked to revitalize Milan Fashion Week, among other projects. According to market sources, the fit between the fashion industry and Reeve, who has a marketing and advertising background and had been helming J. Walter Thompson Italy, was not the most appropriate.
Capasa has helped build the Costume National business with his brother, designer Ennio Capasa, and has long been a member of the Camera.
“Pride, innovation and internationalization — these are the three key words that are central for me,” Capasa told WWD. “My mandate will hinge on these pillars. Pride in an incredible fashion industry that I don’t feel has been communicated enough or emphasized in the right way. We have unique artisans, a structured pipeline, innovative and beautiful companies that have an enormous value and that are not found anywhere else in the world.”
Capasa, who will continue to hold his role as ceo of Costume National, said he will outline his detailed strategic plan to the board on May 14, adding that he will continue to work on priorities such as the promotion of young designers. “I am honored and I know I can rely on an exceptional board that represents the best of our Made in Italy brands.”
Boselli had also been urging the Camera to unify the ceo role under that of a more operative president. “I think expanding the president’s responsibilities will work. Carlo knows the Camera’s mechanisms from the inside, knows its history, and is a member of the directional council. In addition, he knows how the [Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode] works, since Costume National showed in Paris until two seasons ago.”