Lee Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES, I’M YOURS: Linda Gaunt Communications is beefing up its U.S. presence. The New York-based public relations firm has opened an office in West Hollywood, Calif. under the direction of Lee Gonzalez. Most recently Gonzalez spent nine years at Carolina Herrera as the global director of entertainment industry relations, where his focus was stylists, celebrities and special projects. Earlier he worked at Sergio Rossi and Bottega Veneta.

“We’ve always worked with the entertainment industry on behalf of our clients but hiring someone of Lee’s stature and having a space to show product will certainly enhance our offering and our ability,” said Linda Gaunt, founder and president.

Gonzalez, who will be vice president, West Coast, said he’ll take all his existing relationships and apply them to the company’s multiple clients which include Swarovski, Kendra Scott, Trina Turk, Hunter Boot, Todd Snyder, Talbot Runhof and Hayward.

“It’s creating brand ambassadors, relationships and partnerships, and dressing [celebrities] not just for red carpet, but their lives too,” said Gaunt.