Yves Eyes: Yves Saint Laurent eyewear, designed under the direction of Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford, is slated to bow at retail early next month as part of a new five-year licensing agreement with Safilo Group. The agreement, announced Monday, brings the coveted YSL license to the Italian firm, which makes and distributes Gucci brand eyewear. YSL’s eyewear was made by Luxottica, in an agreement that expired at the end of 2000. Safilo president Vittorio Tabacchi said his company will apply technology, production capacity and a targeted distribution system to the YSL brand for men’s and women’s sunglasses and optical frames.
Gromeck Says Goodbye: Joseph Gromek, chairman and chief executive of Brooks Bros. said he officially resigned Monday and said goodbye to his staff. As reported, Claudio Del Vecchio, president and ceo of Retail Brand Alliance, which acquired Brooks Bros. on Christmas Eve, will succeed Gromek. “I love the brand, but this was an appropriate time to make a move,” said Gromek. “The business is in good hands.” Gromek said he is seeking a new job. Retail Brand Alliance also operates Casual Corner, August Max, Petite Sophisticates, Carolee, and Adrienne Vittadini.
Udell To Revlon: Rochelle Udell has been named executive vice president of creative development and design at Revlon Inc., focusing on overall imaging for the Revlon and Almay brands, among others. Most recently she was president of Fairchild Internet, and before that she was senior vice president of brand development at The Limited and editor in chief of Self.