Former Saks Fifth Avenue executive Kristen Sosa has been named chief merchant of the new e-commerce site Olivela, which lets women shop for designer products and assuage their guilt, knowing that their purchases will benefit charity.Sosa will oversee Olivela’s merchandising vision and relationships with brands such as Aquazurra, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Stella McCartney and Salvatore Ferragamo, among others. Handbags, shoes and accessories are featured by designer and trend. The full-price site layers in merchandise that's up to one season old. For example, Dolce & Gabbana’s medium Sicily tote bag is marked down to $2,795 from $3,995.Stacey Boyd, founder and chief executive officer of Olivela, lauded Sosa’s “innate ability to understand fashion trends and customer needs.” Boyd, a former teacher and school principal, created Schoola, an online retailer that sells gently worn clothing to support schools in need.
Olivela, which tries to raise awareness of the plight of children worldwide, enables luxury brands to transform inventory into measurable impact and fund causes. Charities include Good + Foundation, Too Young to Wed, Malala Fund and VH1 Save the Music.
When consumers buy a luxury item, Olivela gives a portion of the proceeds to one of its charitable partners. Customers can see the direct impact of their purchases over time on the site.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive