MEET THE CEO: Steven Kolb, who has served as executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for the past five years, has been promoted to chief executive officer. The newly created role recognizes Kolb’s contributions to the CFDA since joining. The decision was made by the CFDA executive committee last week, and Kolb will continue to report to CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg and the CFDA board. “Steven is a ceo,” von Furstenberg told WWD. “This title is long deserved. Steven is the best.…He is smart, sensitive to talent and works very, very hard. We started together at CFDA, and I cannot imagine CFDA without him.”
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WONDERS NEVER CEASE: Store number one, a flagship in SoHo, still doesn’t have a firm opening date, but that’s not stopping Christopher Burch from finding other locations for his C. Wonder rollout. A second C. Wonder store, a 5,000-square-foot unit, is to open in November at Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J. That’s about the same size as the flagship at 72 Spring Street, which will open in the fall. C. Wonder stores will offer women’s apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories, housewares and home decor, personal electronics and some “wow” items.
Burch, an investor across a range of industries, is ceo and founder of J. Christopher Capital LLC and co-chairman of the board of ex-wife Tory Burch’s clothing business. A C. Wonder spokeswoman said two more store locations will be revealed in the coming weeks.
COMING TO AMERICA: Gucci’s 33-foot Aquariva boat is docking at the Sag Harbor Cove Yacht Club this weekend, allowing guests to view it by appointment. Designed by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, it is tailor-made for the brand’s followers — with features including seats upholstered with the label’s trademark Guccissima print, and the classic green-red-green web detailing edging the boat’s front line. The boat was created as part of Gucci’s 90th anniversary celebration and is available to buy for $750,000.