The Impression compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.
By Olivia Pentell | Impressionist
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Lands’ End Taps Joseph Boitano as New EVP, Chief of Merchandising, and Design Officer
Joseph Boitano joins Lands’ End to lead all aspects of merchandising and design. Boitano previously served as group SVP and General Merchandise Manager for Saks Fifth Avenue for the past 15 years. Boitano also oversaw omni-channel implementation, created synergy between direct and full-line business, and expanded the women’s fashion offering.
Scott Hyatt Joins Lands’ End as EVP
Scott Hyatt lands EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, and will lead all sectors of the sourcing organization of Lands’ End, as well as inventory planning and logistics. Hyatt will report immediately to CEO Federica Marchionni. Hyatt most recently served as SVP of Manufacturing and Chief Sourcing Officer for J.Crew Group for 17 years. Responsibilities included developing global sourcing strategies, building a stronger vendor base, improving product quality by managing technical services including testing, compliance, fit, and technical design.
Ian Velardi Joins Lands’ End
Ian Velardi has recently been appointed as Lands’ End Design Director. Velardi has an extensive background as an American menswear designer, previously working with online apparel company, Bonobos.
J. Crew Appoints Somsack Sikhounmuong Head of Women’s Design
Former head of design at Madewell, Somsack Sikhounmuong, is taking control of women’s design at J. Crew. This particular hire is part of a human resources stir which is in the process of terminating around 175 jobs. Sikhounmuong will be succeeding Tom Mora, former women’s design head since 2011.
Joyce Lee, previously Design Director, is now Head of Design at Madewell.
Marc Jacobs Hires Iana Dos Reis Nunes as Head of Global Communications
Iana Dos Reis Nunes tapped as Head of Global Communications for Marc Jacobs. Previously Dos Reis Nunes was VP of PR at Coach, and has held prior communication roles at The Row, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel.
Billy Daley, previously SVP of Global Communications at Marc Jacobs, has left the company.
Paule Ka Appoints Alithia Spuri-Zampetti Creative Director
Following one year without a Creative Director, Paule Ka has officially hired Alithia Spuri-Zampetti in the role. Paule Ka has run without a creative director since the departure of founder Serge Cajfinger in 2014. Spuri-Zampetti was previously Lanvin’s Head Designer of women’s ready-to-wear for the past six years.
Steven Sare and Alessandra Brunialti Join Gap to Boost Product
Steven Sare has been hired as Gap’s new SVP of Global Merchandising, and Alessandra Brunialti as VP of Women’s Design.
Brunialti succeeds Maria Chen and was formerly VP of Design for apparel and accessories at Alice + Olivia. She has also held design roles at Vince, Calvin Klein Jeans, and led Banana Republic’s design team for eight years.
Sare succeeds Michelle DeMartini and held a previous position of CMO of Uniqlo since 2013, as well as earlier executive roles at Express and PacSun. Like Brunialti, Sare spent 11 years with Banana Republic. Sare’s new responsibilities will include overseeing the brand’s merchandising and working closely with Gap’s EVP of Product Design and Development, Wendi Goldman.
Comptoir des Cotonniers & Princesse Tam Tam Name Christophe Chenut CEO
Christophe Chenut has been hired as CEO of Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse Tam Tam. Chant will be succeeding Nobuo Dome, Senior Group Officer of Fast Retailing and CO-CEO of Fast Retailing France. Chenut holds marketing, publishing, and fashion experience for recently co-launching the French daily, L’Opinion. Chenut has also worked as CEO of Lacoste until 2013, CEO of French sports publication L’Equipe, and French communications group, DDB.
Global Brands Group Taps Jason Weisenfeld as President
Jason Weisenfeld will join Global Brands Group as their new president of Seven Global, the company’s new joint venture with David Beckham and Simon Fuller. Weisenfeld is noted for his role in the launch of Net-a-Porter and Victoria Beckham. Weisenfeld has held additional previous positions with Coach Inc. and Versace.
Charles Jayson of Sears Holdings Corporation Resigns
Charles Jayson, former VP, General Merchandising Manager of ready-to-wear and fragrance is leaving Sears Holdings Corporation. Jayson had been with the corporation for over a year in San Francisco, CA, holding duties such as leading all women’s sportswear products for all 750 Sears stores. Prior to that, Jayson was the President of The Judith Ripka Cos. Inc. for a year, as well as President and CEO of Dickson North America Inc. for seven years.
Kohl’s Corp. Names Michelle Gass Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer
Current Chief Customer Officer, Michelle Gass will now serve in the newly created position of Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer. Gass retains oversight for customer engagement, marketing, and PR and will now additionally hold responsibilities for merchandising, planning, and allocation.
Kohl’s Corp. Promotes Richard Schepp
Richard Schepp has been promoted from SEVP, Human Resources, General Counsel, and Secretary of Kohl’s Corp. to Chief Administrative Officer.
William McLaughlin Lands President of Orvis Co. Inc.
The Orvis Co. Inc,. the Sunderland, VT based retailer of outdoor apparel, fishing, hunting, and hiking gear, has appointed former CEO of Select Comfort Corp., William McLaughlin, as President of the company. McLaughlin held previous roles with PepsiCo and Pillsbury, as well as being President and CEO of Select Comfort for 12 years, gaining responsibilities of development of the Sleep Number brand.
Heather Lynch McAuliffe, previously VP, PR at J.Crew, has left the company to consult.
Zoe Saunders, previously Account Coordinator at HL Group, is now PR Coordinator at Lord & Taylor.
Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners Snags New CMO, Hilary Craven
RTO+P has named Hilary Craven as the company’s newest CMO. Craven previously served as Head of Experimental and Earned Media at 72andSunny.
Susan Credle Leaves Leo Burnett for FCB Chief Creative Officer Role
Leo Burnett’s former Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle will now be working the same role at FCB Worldwide. She will succeed Jonathan Harries, who held the position of CCO since 2006, and will also become chairman of the network.
Deloitte Digital Taps Alan Schulman
Deloitte Digital has hired Alan Schulman as National Director, content marketing and creative experience. Schulman is a veteran of SapientNitro as former VP, Global Digital Marketing, and brand content.
Lotte Jeffs Joins Elle UK as Deputy Editor
Elle UK has hired Lotte Jeffs as Deputy Editor. Jeff will replace Natasha Perlman, now current editor of Grazia. Jeffs is currently working as Deputy Editor of London’s Evening Standard’s ES Magazine.
The Cut Names Rebecca Traister as Writer At Large
Rebecca Traister will act as Writer at Large at New York’s The Cut. She held a previous role of Senior Editor of The New Republic.
Vogue Hires Celia Ellenberg as Beauty Director
Celia Ellenberg will be Vogue US new Beauty Director, succeeding Sarah Brown after 15 years in the position. Ellenberg previously held positions of Senior Beauty Editor at Style.com, Beauty Editor at Large at Porter, and contributing Beauty Editor for WSJ Magazine.
Virginia Van Zantan, previously Home Editor at Redbook, is now Online Living Editor at Vogue.
Lea Goldman, previously Features and Special Projects Director at Marie Claire, is now Executive Editor at the publication.
Whitney Vargas, previously Deputy Editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, is now Executive Editor at the publication.
Hanya Yanigihara, previously Editor-at-Large at Condé Nast Traveler, is now Deputy Editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
Emily Stokes, previously Senior Features Editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, is now Articles Editor at the publication.
Hannah Goldfield, previously Online Associate Editor at The New Yorker, is now Staff Editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
Lauren Picciano, previously Manager of PR, Events and Social Media at Bergdorf Goodman, is now Director of PR for Marie Claire, HGTV and Food Network magazines.
Bloglovin Taps Giordano Bruno Contestabile as CEO
Girodano Bruno Contestabile has been named CEO of Bloglovin. Previously he was CEO/co-founder of Finale.
Farah Miller Named Managing Editor of Instagram
Miller has been hired as Managing Editor of Instagram. Previously she was Family and Relationships Editor at The Huffington Post.
Cat Quinn, previously Beauty news Editor at Allure, is now Deputy Beauty Director at Refinery29.
Alexandra Lasky, previously Associate VP at Shadow PR, is now VP at the company.
Erica Larsen, previously Associate VP at Shadow PR, is now VP at the company.
Rachel Litzinger, previously Junior Account Executive at Shadow PR, is now Account Executive at the company.
Dan Dao, previously Account Coordinator at Shadow PR, is now Junior Account Executive at the company.
Rosalind Dean, previously Publications and Marketing Manager, America, at Vivienne Westwood, is now PR Manager at The Wall Group.
Courtney LaRue, previously Assistant Account Executive at 5W Public Relations, has left the company.
Rizzi Constantino, previously Account Executive at Fingerprint Communications, has left the company.
Black Frame announces its representation of Adam Lippes and M2Malletier.
GCK Partners announces its representation of Hardy Amies in the US.
BPCM announces its representation of Tamara Mellon.
AKR Public Relations announces its representation of Giorgio Armani Beauty.
Jennifer Bett Communications announces its representation of Enro.
Brandstyle Communications announces its representation of Joyce Echols.
Alab Group announces its representation of Parabellum, Hook and Albert, and Sacco Baret.
SUCCARRA Showroom announces its representation of LK Jewelry.