THE IMPRESSION COMPILES THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL FASHION MOVES OF THE WEEK. Laurent Claquin Named CEO Tomas Maier, Topshop Taps Paul Price as CEO, Massimo Nicosia Departs Pringle, George Kern Named CEO Breitling
This week Laurent Claquin adds CEO of Tomas Maier to his duties at Kering, Paul Price becomes CEO of Topshop, Massimo Nicosia Departs Pringle as Head of Design, and George Kern become CEO of Breitling.
BY BRENNA O’DONNELL
BRANDS & Retailers
Tomas Maier Names Laurent Claquin CEO
Current Head of Kering Americas, Laurent Claquin, is taking on the additional duty as CEO of Tomas Maier. Claquin joined has Kering in 2005 holding multiple leadership roles. He started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers as a consultant then spent 8 years in art and culture, first at the National Gallery of Jeu de Paume, then Centre Pompidou, and as Chief of Staff with the France Minister of Culture.
Paul Price Named Topshop and Topman CEO
Paul Price will take over as CEO of British fashion retailer Topshop and it’s men’s branch, Topmen. Price has an extensive background leading fashion retailers, most recently serving as Chief Merchandising Officer at Burberry for nearly a decade. Prior to that, Price worked at a multitude of brands including Liz Claiborne, Williams Sonoma, and Banana Republic. His move to Top Shop is effective September 4th.
Massimo Nicosia Departs Pringle as Head of Design
After a total of more than 7 years with Pringle of Scotland, Head of Design Massimo Nicosia is stepping down. Nicosia is said to be relocating from London back to his native Italy. Previously Nicosia was a Senior Designer at Alessandro Dell’Acqua before joining Pringle in 2008. In 2010, Nicosia briefly left Pringle to serve as Head of Menswear for Nicole Farhi before returning to Pringle in 2012. Nicosia’s last collection for the Pringle was for spring 2018.
Jennifer de Winter Departs as Tiffany & Co. SVP Sales of North America
Tiffany & Co.‘s SVP of Sales for North America, Jennifer de Winter, is stepping down. During her time at Tiffany & Co., de Winter was responsible for all sales channels in the North American American region including Canada, the US, and Latin America. Prior to her time at the jeweler, de Winter worked at Saks Fifth Avenue for over 20 years, most recently serving as their Chief Merchandising Officer. Prior to that, she was VP Divisional Merchandise Manager at Macy’s for 11 years.
Philippe Galtié, SVP of International at Tiffany & Co., has also been named SVP of North America.
Breitling Taps George Kern as CEO
Swiss watchmaker Breitling has appointed George Kern as CEO. Kern joins from Swiss luxury brand Compagnie Financière Richemont where he served as Head of Watchmaking, Marketing, and Digital. Prior to that, Kern was CEO of International Watch Company (IWC) for 14 years.
Olivela Appoints Kristen Sosa as Chief Merchant
Philanthropic retailer Olivela has tapped Kristen Sosa as Chief Merchant, where she is set to oversee the brand’s merchandising vision and brand relationships. Sosa joins with over 2 decades of merchandising experience, mainly through Saks Fifth Avenue where she was most recently SVP of Merchandising.
Maureen Chiquet Nominated to Canada Goose Board
Maureen Chiquet has been nominated to the Canada Goose Board of Directors, with her candidacy being submitted on August 15th at the brand’s general meeting in Toronto. Most recently, Chiquet authored a novel titled “Beyond the Label” Women, Leadership and Success on Our Own Terms” but is known for her 9 year tenure as Global CEO of Chanel. Prior to her time at Chanel, Chiquet was served in leadership positions at Gap Inc., first as EVP of Merchandising, Production and Planning at Old Navy, then as President of Banana Republic.
Macy’s Promotes Michelle Israel to SVP of Off-Price Divisions
Michelle Israel has been tapped to be SVP of Off Price Divisions, where she will be responsible for Bloomingdale’s The Outlet and Macy’s Backstage. Israel has been with Bloomingdale’s since 2001, first as a Fragrance Buyer, then VP Digital Merchandise Manager, and most recently SVP of Bloomingdale’s Outlets.
Nicola Brandolese Joins LMVH as Exectuive
Although his exact title has not been determined, Nicola Brandolese will join luxury conglomerate LMVH as an Executive after an initial induction period at Fendi. Brandolese joins from Luxxotica where he held many leadership positions including President of Retail, President of Optical Retail, and Chief Digital Officer.
Haney Taps Jennifer Oh as President
Jennifer Oh has been selected to fill the new newly created position of President at luxury ready-to-wear brand Haney by Mary Alice Haney. In the new position, Oh will be responsible for expanding the online direct-to-customer channel, and will oversee the brand on an international scale. Previously, Oh was Senior Director of International for online luxury resale store, The RealReal. Prior to that, Oh held leadership positions in business development at Cole Haan, Armani Exchange, Free People, and Levi & Strauss.
John Enwright Promoted to Vera Bradley CFO
Enwright, who had been acting as Interim CFO of Vera Bradley since the departure of Kevin Sierks in March, has been appointed to the position full time. Enwright first came to Vera Bradley in 2014 and has served as Senior Director and then VP of Financial Planning. Previously, Enwright was at Tiffany and Co. from 1999 to 2014 most recently serving as Director of Finance for the jewelry house’s Canadian operations.
Jimmy Everett, previously Senior Manager, Global Publicity at Levi’s, is now Director, Global PR and Engagement at Docker’s.
Zoe Saunders, previously PR Manager at Cynthia Rowley, is now PR Manager at Tumi.
W Magazine Taps Katie Grand as Contributing Fashion Creative Director
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Love Magazine, Katie Grand, will join W Magazine as, Contributing Fashion Creative Director, a new position at the publication. In her new role she will advise W on creative direction, styling, and conceptualizing editorials. She will stay on as Editor-in-Chief at Love Magazine.
W Magazine Promotes Rickie De Sole to Fashion Director
Rickie De Sole has been promoted at W Magazine to the position of Fashion Director. De Sole was most recently W‘s Fashion Market and Accessories Director for 2 years. Previously, she was the Accessories Director at Vogue for 5 years. Prior to that, De Sole was a Board Member at Rent the Runway and before that she was a PR Manager at Prada. In her new position at W, De Sole will lead market coverage, manage the fashion team, and oversee content.
W Magazine Names Sara Moonves as Style Director
Effective this September, Sara Moonves will serve as W Magazine’s Style Director. In her new role, Moonves will be responsible for curating new talent, styling fashion stories, and providing coverage on collections. Moonves was previously Contributing Fashion Editor at American Vogue.
Lyndsey Havens, previously Vice President at DKC, has been named Director at LaForce.
HL Group announces its representation of Audra.
BPCM LA announces its representation of Alyssa Less.