HOFFMAN RESIGNS FROM YSL

NEW YORK — In another top-level personnel change in Yves Saint Laurent’s North American business, Ari Hoffman has resigned as president of Paris Collections, the U.S. distributor of YSL Rive Gauche women’s apparel, effective this Friday.
Hoffman, who has been with Paris Collections for 12 years, said he plans to pursue a new opportunity in the fashion business. A successor has not been named.
Hoffman’s exit follows last week’s news that Connie Uzzo, American market director for YSL, is leaving the company.
Gucci Group acquired YSL last November and is in the midst of incorporating the French fashion house into its structure.
Before the YSL acquisition, Paris Collections, which also distributes the collections of Christian Lacroix, had been a subsidiary of C. Mendes SA, the French manufacturer that held the rights to YSL ready-to-wear production and once manufactured Lacroix’s top line.
As reported, YSL acquired Mendes in February.
In addition to managing the YSL and Lacroix brands in North America, Hoffman also relaunched the Lacoste brand in the mid-Nineties.