Geoffroy van Raemdonck, the new chief executive officer of the Neiman Marcus Group, is no stranger to a tough business challenge.
Though he’s never been a retail ceo before and he’s only 46, he’s got experience navigating luxury businesses through troubled waters. As Ralph Lauren’s group president for Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2014 through 2017 — a period of earnings declines and turnaround efforts — he was involved in redirecting the distribution to the best stores with the most relevant products and getting the Ralph Lauren brand selling on third-party web sites. Earlier, he was on the team that helped guide Louis Vuitton through the Great Recession, holding different senior-level jobs including president, South Europe; and acting president, North America. And at Express, his first job in fashion retailing, he helped restore profitability by leading a revival of the pants business as vice president of brand development.
Ralph Lauren can add a new notch to his leather belt: Honorary Knighthood. A representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will present the honor to the iconic American designer at a ceremony next year, reports @lisajlockwood . #wwdnews
Cosmetics entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury came face to face with one of her inspirations when Queen Elizabeth handed her an MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at Buckingham Palace earlier today. #wwdbeauty
Stella McCartney has been designing wedding looks for customers, friends, family — and herself — for years.
And now, leveraging the success of the dress she designed for the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception in May, McCartney is launching, Made with Love, a bridal line including eight dresses and an ivory tuxedo, reports @natalietheodosi . “I feel very protective over the bride, because I know what it was like when I got married, and for me to do my own wedding dress. There are moments that are so personal and private, so emotional and loaded with many different issues,” McCartney told WWD in an interview in June. “I think we are really blessed to have the emotional trust with a woman. She’ll come in and feel the love that we put into everything. What she chooses can be conventional or unconventional. It’s a personal experience.” #wwdnews