MANHATTAN TRANSFER: PPR is coming to America — in a bigger way. Laurent Claquin, currently senior vice president of corporate and social responsibility, said he would move to New York this fall to become head of PPR Americas as the French conglomerate reinforces its corporate structure on the continent. Details of the operation have yet to be finalized. Claquin will continue to report to Francois-Henri Pinault, PPR’s chairman and chief executive.

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A LITTLE RICHARD: Richard Cohen has been making the rounds of the Milan men’s shows, and with the Saks Fifth Avenue team. “He’s doing some consulting work for us,” Ron Frasch, Saks president and chief merchandising officer, said outside the Emporio Armani show on Sunday, declining to elaborate. Cohen exited as president of Robert Talbott last April, and has also held executive posts at St. John and Ermenegildo Zegna North America.

OUT FOR AFRICA: “I never had this kind of check, and I do have a little money,” Giorgio Armani remarked as he handed a paper slip — donating more than 43 million liters of drinking water to 16 villages in Africa’s Ghana — to Green Cross International president Alexander Likhotal. The designer launched the clean drinking water initiative Acqua for Life in March, associated with purchases of fragrances Acqua di Giò and Acqua di Gioia. “We reached and surpassed our objectives,” said Véronique Gautier, president of Giorgio Armani Beauty worldwide, during a press conference at the designer’s headquarters in Milan. “This is just the first step of the project,” said the designer. “And looking at these photos [of Africa], I feel like visiting these places, but I don’t have much [free] time. I adore Africa, it’s where I went for my first holiday ever.”



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