The Impression compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.
By Jessica Lofaro | Impressionist
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Iconix Founder, CEO, Neil Cole, Steps Down
Iconix Brand Group Founder, CEO, President and Chairman, Neil Cole, is stepping down to pursue other business opportunities. The founder of the licensing brand management firm which owns a portfolio of 30+ brands including Badgley Mischka, Candie’s, Peanuts, Danskin London Fog and Ocean Pacific, will serve as a special advisor to the company through September 30, 2015 to assist with the transition. Iconix board member Peter Cuneo, who has served on the board since 2006 and was previously President and CEO of Marvel Entertainment, has been appointed Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO until a replacement can be found. Cole is largely credited with establishing the license brand management business model and within the period of 10 years built one of the world’s largest licensing firms.
Alibaba Appoints Michael Evans as President
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., has appointed Michael Evans as President. Evans previously spent 20 years with Goldman Sachs in various positions including Vice Chairman and Head of Asia. Evans will report to CEO Daniel Zhang.
C. Wonder Appoints Brad Goreski as Creative Director
Just one month after being acquired by Xcel Brands, C.Wonder brand has named celebrity stylist Brad Goreski as its new Creative Director. Goreski will serve as the label’s QVC on-air personality, where the company will exclusively sell in Spring 2016.
Anya Hindmarch Taps James Taylor as Finance Director
Luxury designer accessory house Anya Hindmarch has named James Taylor as Financial Director. He also joins the company’s Executive Committee. Taylor was previously Director of Finance, responsible for revenue development at UK based haircare business GHD, where he played a leading role in the 2013 £300 million acquisition by Lion Capital. Prior to that Taylor was Director of Transactions at U.S. property fund, Tishman Speyer.
Randal J. Soto, previously serving top management roles at Tiffany & Co, Harry Winston, and David Yurman, is now North American CEO at Buccellati Group.
Jene Park, previously COO at Thomas Wylde, is now Creative Director of the house.
Janice Sullivan, previously CEO of Edun Americas, is now President of Rebecca Taylor.
Michael Amend, previously VP of Online, Mobile and Omnichannel at the Home Depot is now EVP of Omnichannel at J.C. Penney.
Mike Robbins, previously SVP of Global Supply Chain for Target Corp. is now SVP of Supply Chain at J.C. Penney.
Meribeth Parker, previously Group Publishing Director at Hearst Magazines, is now independent non-executive Director at Jimmy Choo.
Caroline Curtis, previously VP at HL Group, is now head of Public Relations, North America at YOOX Group.
Leah Abrahams, previously Site Producer at InStyle.com, is now Manager of Content and Operations at Ralph Lauren.
Amanda Falzon, previously Public Relations and Special Events for Swarovski, is now Events Manager at Bulgari.
Arrael Hanson, previously Manager at Lividini & Co, is now Senior PR Manager at HANRO USA.
Katie Danskin, previously Public Relations Manager at Badgley Mischka, is now Marketing and PR Manager at CeCe by Cynthia Steffe.
Rachel Sheehan Passarinho, previously Manager, Digital Media at L’Oréal USA, is now Director, Digital Integrated Marketing Communications at the firm.
Andie Riedel, previously Senior Account Executive and VIP Relations Manager at Think PR, is now PR Brand Specialist USA for Cotton On Group.
Tim Blanks tapped as Editor-at-Large for The Business of Fashion (BoF)
Former Style.com fashion critic and commentator Tim Blanks is joining BoF as Editor-at-Large.
Andrew Barker, previously Editor at ES Magazine at London Evening Standard is now Executive Editor at BoF.
Queennie Yang, previously Fashion Blogger and Brand Consultant has been named Managing Editor of BoF China.
Vikram Alexei Kansara, previously Managing Editor at BoF, is now Editorial Director at the firm.
Lauren Sherman, previously Editor-at-Large at Fashionista, is now New York Editor at BoF.
Sandra Ballentine, previously a Contributing Editor for W, Vogue, and Departures, is now Beauty Editor-at-Large at W.
Dana Mathews, previously Entertainment Director at Teen Vogue, is now Senior Editor at GQ USA.
Carrie Reynolds, previously President of Revenue at Nylon, has left the company.
Jason Fine, previously Editor of Men’s Journal, is now Managing Editor of Rolling Stone.
Erica Duecy, previously Digital Director at Saveur, is now Digital Director of Architectural Digest.
Pierre Groppo, previously a contributing writer at Condé Nast, is now Editor of the Fashion and Lifestyle sections of Vanity Fair France.
Courtney Kenefick, previously Assistant Fashion Editor at Travel + Leisure, is now Associate Fashion Editor at Surface.
Emily Bungert, previously President of People’s Revolution, is now Co-Founder of Socially Acclaimed and Founder at EB Consults.
Kate Morgan, previously Beauty Account Manager at Bollare Communications, is now Founder of Morgan Publicity.
Rayna Greenberg, previously Director of the Beauty Division at Alison Brod Public Relations, is now VP of the Beauty Division at the firm.
Abbie Harrison, previously Director at FerenComm, is now Account Supervisor at DKC.
Denise Finnegan, previously Senior Account Executive at Colangelo & Partners Public Relations, is now Senior Account Executive at LFB Media Group.
Kelly Barry, previously Account Coordinator at SHADOW PR, is now Junior Account Executive at the firm.
KCD PR announces its representation of The Great by Emily Current & Meritt Elliott.
Purple PR announces its representation of SIKI IM.
Michele Marie PR announces its representation of Bebe.
Sydney Reising Creative announces its representation of Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet in North America.
La Chambre Public Relations announces its representation of Josie Natori, handling its US celebrity, VIP and ready-to-wear services.
Linda Gaunt Communications announces its representation of Kendall + Kylie.
ICA announces its representation of Michael Maven and Maven by Michael Maven.
Small Girls PR announces its representation of BB Dakota.
Alison Brod Public Relations announces it representation of Carbon38, StarShop, and L Space.
Bollare Communication announces its representation of Oglia-Loro Couture, and Vector Watch.
Jennifer Bett Communications announces its representation of Harare and Kimberly McDonald.
The Krupp Group announces its representation of ÖHLIN/D and Stutterheim Raincoats.
Williamson PR announces its representation of Skingraft and Suicoke.