PRICE LEAVING VOGUE FOR POST AT POLO RALPH LAUREN CORP.

NEW YORK — Candy Pratts Price, fashion director of accessories and shoes at Vogue, is leaving the magazine to join Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. as vice president and creative director, a new post.
She will oversee the design and development of all women’s accessories and will work with Ralph Lauren and Buffy Birritella, senior vice president of women’s design, on a wide range of design projects.
Price begins Oct. 1.
Prior to joining Vogue eight years ago, Price was fashion director at Harper’s Bazaar. Earlier in her career, she was senior fashion coordinator at Bloomingdale’s.
“It’s an offer I couldn’t refuse, and I think it’s very exciting what’s happening at Ralph,” explained Price Thursday. “It’s inviting, and I welcome the challenge. Ralph is such an American icon. He’s class, he’s quantity, he’s sporty, and he’s a world of fun, and I want to get my hands on it.”
Price said her focus will be accessories, but “I’ll have my hands and eyes on everything.”
“Candy joins Polo at an exciting time,” said Lauren, in a statement. “We are focusing on expanding our already strong women’s business and are making a major commitment to building our women’s accessories business.”
Price’s successor at Vogue hasn’t been named yet.
Anna Wintour, editor in chief of the magazine, said, “Candy’s been wonderful and has been here since I started at Vogue. She really made the job and created such a name for herself in accessories. She felt it was time for a new challenge. She’ll be great for Ralph.”

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