TRADING UP: Wendy Wieland-Martin, 50, has been promoted to the new post of vice president of international trade services at Kellwood Co. Wieland-Martin, who had been director of trade services, will oversee custom and trade compliance and government relations for the firm. She reports to Tom Austin, president of Kellwood’s operating services division, who said, “Her expertise in international trade will help strengthen our presence in international markets.”
FLUX AT FERRE: Now that IT Holding chief Tonino Perna has sold Romeo Gigli and Gentry Portofino, he has more time to dedicate to his group’s other brands, namely Gianfranco Ferré. An IT Holding spokeswoman said Perna would take a more active role in the day-to-day managing of Ferré. “Formally, nothing has changed. Tonino Perna has always been involved in the running of Ferré, but he wants to dedicate more time to its development,” the spokeswoman said. As for Ferré’s current chief executive officer, Enrico Mambelli, the spokeswoman said it’s possible that in the future, Mambelli’s role could slightly change. A Ferré spokeswoman, however, said everything was status quo with Mambelli’s position and he would be attending the official opening of the new Ferré boutique in New York next week.
SQUINTING SALES: Eyewear group De Rigo’s first-quarter sales dropped slightly to 139.2 million euros from 139.9 million euros a year ago. In dollars, sales were $174.2 million versus $150.2 million last year. Figures have been converted to dollars at average exchange for the corresponding quarters. The company said sales grew 6.1 percent on a comparable basis, meaning results of the now defunct Eyewear International Distribution joint venture with Prada are stripped out of first-quarter 2003 figures. Strong sales growth in markets such as the far east and some European countries such as France, Greece, Germany and Spain drove wholesale sales up 1.9 percent for the quarter. Retail sales in the first quarter rose 5.7 percent on growth at De Rigo’s U.K. retail chain Dollond & Aitchison and Spanish chain General Optica.
MOVES AT JONES: Jones Apparel Group Inc. has named Andy Cohen group president of its L.E.I. and Energie divisions, succeeding Spencer Rosenheck, who left the company. Most recently, Cohen was president of Energie, and before that, president of Liz Claiborne’s Shelli Segal division. Cohen reports to Isaac Dabah, group chief executive officer of the Polo Jeans Co., Gloria Vanderbilt and L.E.I. divisions of Jones. In a related move, Peter Caminiti was named president of sales for L.E.I., reporting to Cohen. Most recently, Caminiti has been vice president of sales for L.E.I.