The Impression compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.

By Taylor Recchia

BRANDS & Retailers

John Varvatos Taps Mark Brashear as CEO
John Varvatos Enterprises has appointed Mark Brashear as President and CEO. Brasher joins John Varvatos from Michael Kors, where he served as President of Menswear. Prior to Kors he was the Chairman and CEO of Hugo Boss Americans for five years and before that President of Faconnable for 7 years.

J.Crew Names Michael J. Nicholson COO & CFO
Michael J. Nicholson has been appointed President, COO and CFO of J.Crew. Nicholson joins the American retailer from Ann Inc., where he served most recently as EVP, COO and CFO. Prior to Ann Inc., Nicholson held various executive positions at Limited Brands, including EVP, COO and CFO for Victoria’s Secret Beauty Company. Nicholson will report to Millard Drexler, Chairman and CEO.


Leonardo Minerva Appointed COO of Calvin Klein Italy
The Italian branch Calvin Klein Collection & Calvin Klein Inc. has named Leonardo Minerv COO. Previously Minerva served as Director of Industrial Strategy at Saint Laurent in Paris. Prior to that he held senior positions at Fendi and Procter & Gamble. Minerva will be based in Milan and report to Michelle Kessler-Sanders, president of Calvin Klein Collection.

Michael Kors Taps Don Witkowski as President of Men’s
Former VP of Merchandising at John Varvatos, Don Witkowski, has been named President of Men’s at Michael Kors. Witkowski has previously worked for Michael Kors as the President of Men’s from 2003 to 2005. Prior to John Varvatos he held various roles at Barneys New York, Donna Karan, Nautical and Miss Sixty.

American Eagle Outfitters Names Jay Schottenstein CEO
Teen apparel company, American Eagle Outfitters, has appointed Jay Schottenstein as CEO. He has served as interim CEO since January 2014, when former CEO Robert Hanson resigned. Schottenstein had served as Chairman of AEO since March 1992 and held the role of Chief Executive since then for ten years.

Michelle Kelly, previously President at Lilly Pulitzer, is now Group CEO at parent company, Oxford Industries.

Pascal Morand Appointed Executive President of Fédération Française De La Couture
The Fédération Française De La Couture has named Pascal Morand Executive President. He will succeed Stéphane Wargnier, who will become the federation’s president, Ralph Toledano’s advisor. Morand’s responsibilities will be overseeing the Chambre Syndicale de la haute couture and the Chambre Syndicale of RTW Fashion Designers. Previously, Morand served as Deputy Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Region as well as Director General of Institut Français de la Mode.

Glossybox Founder Charles von Abercron Departs Company
After five years, founder of Glossybox, Charles von Abercron, is stepping down from his position as CEO. Dr. Caren Genthner-Kappesz, who previously served as CEO of e-commerce sites and MIH Internet Africa, will succeed him.

Birchbox Appoints Philippe Pinatel President & COO
Philippe Pinatel has been named the first President and COO of Birchbox. Prior to joining the online beauty subscription service company, Pinatel worked at Sephora for nearly 20 years, where he served as SVP of Sephora Canada and General Manager of Sephora Concessions at J.C. Penny.

Ben Fay Joins Birchbox as VP
Birchbox has named Ben Fay as VP of Retail Development and Customer Experience. Prior to that, Fay led retail store design at Apple and J.C. Penney.

Don Witkowski, previously VP of Merchandising at John Varvatos, is now President of Men’s at Michael Kors.

Denise S. Pigott, previously CEO at Dspigott, is now PR Director at Harbison.

Caitlyn Welch, previously Marketing and Events Coordinator at Versace, is now U.S. Event Manager.

Adam Douglas, previously Publicist for Men’s and Home at Gilt, is now PR Manager at Vince.

Elizabeth Luby, previously Senior PR Manager, Womenswear Americas at Burberry, has left the company.

Samantha Jacob, previously PR Coordinator at Vince, has left the company.


Grazia Taps Rebecca Lowthorpe as Fashion Director
Grazia UK has appointed Rebecca Lowthorpe as Fashion Director. Lowthorpe, who is currently Assistant Editor at Elle UK, will succeed Susannah Frankel, who left Grazia UK to become Editor-in-Chief at AnOther Magazine.

Lucy Silberman, previously Managing Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Managing Editor at Maxim.

Matthew O’Toole, previously Associate Business Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Senior Business Editor.

Kenny Thapoung, previously Social Media Editor at Marie Claire, is now Social Media Manager at Self.

Amanda Smith, previously Associate Publisher at The New York Times, is now Head of Sales at Condé Nast Traveler.

Liz Baker Plosser, previously Fitness Director at SELF, is now Deputy Editor.


Stacie Gillian, previously Managing Director at HL Group, is now VP at the firm.

Max McCormack, previously Senior Account Manager at Agentry PR, is now PR Director at HL Group.

Grace Yoon, previously Executive Assistant at Krupp Group, is now Production Associate at KCD.

Maggie Hund, previously Senior Account Director at HL Group, is now Lifestyle and Design Director at Black Frame.

Megan Fulton, previously Assistant at Aeffe, is now Account Executive at Seventh House PR.

Alphonso Reed, previously freelance Publicity Assistant at Agentry PR, is now Account Executive at Seventh House PR.

Jaton Brady, previously Intern at BPCM, is now Account Executive at Seventh House PR.

Will Davis, previously Senior Account Manager at Nadine Johnson & Associates, is now Senior Account Supervisor at John Doe.

Erin Brunner, previously Account Manager at Think PR, is now Lifestyle Director at LFB Media Group.

Laura Neroulias is now Account Executive at Harrison & Shriftman.

Jamie Holloway, previously Global PR Director at Citizens of Humanity, is now Associate Fashion Director at Bollare.

Samantha Jacob, previously PR Coordinator at Vince, is now PR Specialist at StreetEasy.

Victoria Rainone, previously Senior Account Executive at Ketchum, is now Senior Account Executive at Demonstrate PR.

Sweety Ghuman, previously Account Executive at Karbo Communications, is now Account Executive at Demonstrate PR.

Jane Lim, previously Digital Publicist at KCD, has joined the digital division at Next Management.

Jaime David, previously Senior Director of PR at Starworks Group, has left the company.


SHO + CO announces its representation of Victoria Beckham for VIP Services.

The Woods & Co announces its representation of Blanc Noir.

Paul Wilmot Communications announces its representation of Cushnie et Ochs.

The Yeaton Group announces its representation of Katharine Walker Fine Jewelry.

Williamson PR & Showroom announces partnership with Freemans Sporting Club and representation of Carson Street.

Courtney Forrest of Communiqué announces its U.S. representation of M.i.h Jeans.

Kelly Kepner PR announces its representation of Love Culture.

PR Consulting will manage all public relations for Trademark in North America.

Delinlee Delovely PR / Linlee Allen announces its representation of Voiage Jewelry and Sonia Boyajian.

Industry Group announces their representation of Haney.

The JGO Agency announces its U.S. representation of We are Pop Culture.

Kucerak & Co announces its representation of Inspired Luxe.