BOSS LEAVING BOSS: Massimo Suppancig, chief executive of the new women’s division of Hugo Boss, has resigned his post. Suppancig built the Italian-based company from ground zero, and hired designer Grit Seymour, who unveiled her second Boss Hugo Boss collection on Saturday. Hugo Boss AG said in a statement that company principals “regretted” Suppancig’s decision not to renew his contract and thanked him for his work. Suppancig, 40, who has worked at GFT and Escada, declined to comment on his future plans. He will remain at Boss until his contract expires in July and will be replaced temporarily by Werner Baldessarini, chairman and chief executive of Hugo Boss AG.
SANTUCCI RISES AT GUCCI: Giacomo Santucci has been promoted to president and managing director of the Gucci Division, replacing Brian Blake, who is taking a leave of absence. Santucci will continue to hold the title of managing director of the division and vice-president at Gucci Group. He joined Gucci in December 2000 after leaving his post as Prada’s commercial director — and Prada chief Patrizio Bertelli’s right-hand man. Blake will be leaving in mid-March, but will work as a consultant to the company. He plans to return at a later stage — and in another capacity.
NOBU UNION: There are no fashion politics at Nobu’s new outpost in Milan. In fact, the restaurant is something of a demilitarized zone for the city’s sniping designers. Located in Giorgio Armani’s new megastore on via Manzoni, the restaurant is attracting fashion types of all stripes and affiliations, from Armani himself to Roberto Cavalli and Anna Molinari. Models, too — including Carmen Kass — have been spotted dining on sea bass and sushi. And now, everyone can get a double daily dose of Nobu: the restaurant and bar has just opened for lunch, from Tuesday to Friday.
RACER’S EDGE: Diego Della Valle, owner of the Tod’s and Hogan brands, plans to launch a limited-edition line of Ferrari-inspired accessories. The men’s and women’s line, which features pebble-sole moccasins in, you guessed it — Ferrari red — is the fruit of Della Valle’s friendship with company chief Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. “This project, to us, represents the absolute height of luxury,” said Della Valle. “What we’re selling are dreams.” This isn’t the first Della Valle-di Montezemolo venture: The two are also owners of the unisex fragrance Acqua di Parma.
The Ferrari line will be available in November at about 300 doors, including Tod’s stores and a series of new department-store corners Della Valle is planning to build. He also wants to open a special customer-service office for those Tod’s and Ferrari fans in far-flung locales who have no choice but to order by phone.
Della Valle said the line, to be produced under license from Ferrari, would eventually include travel bags and other leather items, and generate “an important business” for the company. He declined to give any sales projections, however. The collection, he said, will cost “less than a Ferrari, but more than the average Tod’s” with a pair of moccasins going for about $250.