LONDON — This is a big year for London-based designer Emilia Wickstead. The 32-year-old has named a new chief executive officer, revealed plans to expand in the U.S., and is set to open the doors to her refurbished store in London, WWD has learned.
The company has named Karl Monge ceo. Monge officially started last month, although he has been involved as a consultant since September. Prior to joining the label he was head of international business at Oscar de la Renta.
Wickstead is also expanding in the U.S., and will be launching her spring 2016 line with Bergdorf Goodman. The retailer is the latest store to carry the line. Wickstead is stocked in U.S. stores including Fivestory and Laboratoria and online on Moda Operandi, Net-a-porter and Matchesfashion.com.
The U.S. plan is part of a global roll out for the label, which also sees the Middle East as another avenue for growth. Wickstead, who is known for her ladylike dresses and bespoke design services, will be teaming with Matches on a capsule collection in May.
“We were the first partners for Emilia in the U.K. because I fell in love with her dresses,” said Ruth Chapman, cofounder and chairman at Matchesfashion.com. “Her collection is feminine and versatile, taking you from boardroom to cocktails. She covers all bases for our clients’ lifestyle, which is why we have collaborated with her on an exclusive pre-fall 2016 collection that will launch in May. We will also showcase it to our U.S. customers at a shopping event in L.A.”
The designer will reopen her newly revamped Sloane Street flagship on Saturday, the same day that she stages her fall 2016 show. The interiors of the 2,000-square-foot store were designed by Fran Hickman and will carry her spring 2016 collection.