THE IMPRESSION COMPILES THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL FASHION MOVES OF THE WEEK. Nina-Maria Nitsche to Brioni, Niall Sloan Joins Escada, Venetia Scott Heads to British Vogue
This week Brioni taps Nina-Maria Nitsche of Vetements as Creative Director, Niall Sloan joins Escada as Creative Director, and Venetia Scott is named Fashion Director at British Vogue.
BY BRENNA O’DONNELL
BRANDS & Retailers
Brioni Taps Nina-Maria Nitsche as Creative Director
Couture Italian menswear brand Brioni has appointed Nina-Maria Nitsche as its first female Creative Director. Nitsche joins from Vetements were she was Collections Director and worked leading the design team before the brand left Paris to move it’s headquarters to Zurich. Prior to that, Nitsche worked at Maison Martin Margiela for 23 years, taking over as Creative Director in 2009 when Founder Martin Margiela stepped down.
Niall Sloan Joins Escada as Creative Director
Munich fashion house Escada has found their new Creative Director in Niall Sloan. Previously, Sloan worked at Hunter Boot as their Global Design Director for over 4 years. Prior to that, Sloan designed for Burberry in multiple capacities including jewelry, watches, eye-wear, hard accessories, and Burberry Women’s runway line. Sloan is set to assumed his position as Creative Director for Escada in fall 2018.
Dolce & Gabbana Appoints Fabrizio Cardinali as COO
Fabrizio Cardinali returns to Dolce & Gabbana as their new Chief Operating Officer, having previously worked there years before, first as Global Director and then as Sales and Marketing Director. Before his return to the Italian fashion house, Cardinali was CEO of Alfred Dunhill from 2013-2017, and prior to that he was CEO of Lancel, both Richemont-owned companies.
Burberry Hires Leonie Brantberg as Head of Strategy
Leonie Brantberg has been tapped to be Head of Strategy at Burberry. Brantberg joins from McKinsey & Company where she was an Associate Partner co-leading the brand’s fashion and luxury goods coverage in England. Prior to that, Brantberg worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs in London.
Hunter Boot Appoints Sallie Scripter as EVP of the Americas
Sallie Scripter has been tapped by Hunter Boot to act as the new EVP of the Americas. Scripter joins Hunter after acting as the Founder and Principle of her own brand consulting firm, Sallie Scripter Consulting LLC. Scripter also serves on the Advisory Board for Oak Labs Inc, a computer software company producing technology for retail stores. Prior to these responsibilites, Scripter was President of Designer Footwear at the Nine West Group, and before that she was SVP and General Manager at Marc Jacobs for over a decade.
Wendy Svarre Departs Hunter Boot as CCO
Hunter’s Chief Commercial Officer Wendy Svarre is stepping down. During Svarre’s 9 years with Hunter, she also acted as the CEO of Hunter Boot North America where she oversaw the company’s US operations. Previously, Svarre acted as the VP of Accessories for Giorgio Armani, and prior to that she was VP of Shoes and Accessories for Chanel. There will be no replacement for Svarre as her CCO responsibilites will be absorbed by Hunter CEO Vince Wauters.
Procter & Gamble Promotes Alexandra Keith to President of Beauty
Alexandra Keith has been promoted to President of Beauty at Proctor & Gamble, succeeding Patrice Louvert. Previously, Keith was President of Global Skin and Personal Care at P&G. Keith is a veteran of P&G and has been with the company since 1990, first starting out as a Team Manager, then holding a portfolio of positions like Marketing Director of Deoderants, Vice President of P&G’s Beauty and Grooming Breakthrough, and Global Brand Franchise Leader of Downy/Lenor.
Proctor & Gamble Appoints Mark Strobel as President of Global Skin and Personal Care
Suceeding Alexandra Keith, Mark Strobel has been named P&G’s new President of Global Skin and Personal Care. Strobel Joins from anti-aging skin care company SK-II.
Hector Muelas Tapped as Rimowa’s CBO
Hector Muelas has been named Chief Brand Officer at luggage brand Rimowa. Muelas joins from luxury conglomerate LVMH’s where he was VP of Content and Digital Creative. Previously, Muelas worked as Creative Director of Worldwide Marketing for Apple Inc. Prior to that, Muelas acted as Creative Director, Editor-In-Chief and Partner at Vice Media. Muelas’ new job change means he will move from the NYC area to Cologne, Germany.
Galvan Names Paul O’ Regan as CEO
Paul O’Regan has been tapped to assume the CEO position at British brand Galvan. O’Regan succeeds Katherine Holmgren, who will assume the new role of Commercial Director of Galvan. Previously, O’Regan was Director of Global Communications and PR for AllSaints. Prior to that, O’Regan held Director positions at portfolio of high-end brands like Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. O’Regan got his start on Wall Street working as an Analyst for Merrill Lynch.
Katherine Holmgren, previously CEO of Galvan, will now act as the brand’s Commercial Director.
Avon Names Miguel Fernandez as Global Brand President
Effective in mid-August, Miguel Fernandez will be the new Global Brand President for Avon. Previously, Fernandez was EVP and Managing Director for the Americas and Worldwide Member Operations at nutrition corporation Herbalife. Prior to that, Fernandez was CCO for career launching site OCC Mundial. Fernandez also brings with him 10+ years of finance experience working for big-name companies such as Microsoft, JP Morgan, and Proctor & Gamble.
John Higson, Chief Commercial Officer and EVP of Avon, will retire this August after 32 at the company.
Antoine Phillips, previously Senior Director of PR at Giorgio Armani Corporation, is now Senior Director of PR at Coach.
Brigitte Timmins, previously Manager, Corporate Communications at Hudson’s Bay Company, is now Senior Public Relations Manager at Barneys New York.
Stitch Fix Taps Maria Dueñas Jacobs as Director of Brand Development
Maria Dueñas Jacobs joins personal shopping service site Stitch Fix as their new Director of Brand Development. While at Stitch Fix, Dueñas Jacobs will oversee brand development, fashion media relations, and special projects. Previously, Dueñas Jacobs worked as the Accessories Director for ELLE Magazine for 4 years, and prior to that she was Senior Accessories Editor at Glamour Magazine.
Saba Landmann, previously Senior PR Director at Vince, has left the firm.
British Vogue Names Venetia Scott as Fashion Director
Venetia Scott has been tapped as British Vogue‘s newest Fashion Director, Edward Enninful’s first editorial appointment as incoming Editor-In-Chief. Scott, who was previously a Creative Director and Designer for Marc Jacobs, rose to acclaim as a renowned fashion photographer, recognized by her outdoor but also has experience as Creative Director and Designer for Marc Jacobs. Prior to that she worked at a plethora of magazines like Vogue Italia, The Face, Arena, i-D, Nova, and AnOther. British Vogue is no new territory to Scott, as she got her start there working as an Assistant to Grace Coddington. Scott will succeed Lucinda Chambers, who had a 36 year career at British Vogue.
Cameron Wolf, previously Menswear Editor at Racked, is now Style Feature Writer at GQ.com.
Jose Andrade, previously VIP and PR Manager at Vivienne Westwood, is now PR Manager at PR Consulting.
Bailey Hospodor, previously Junior Account Executive at Agentry PR, is now Account Executive.
Luxury Brand Group announces its representation of Picchiotti.
Battalion PR announces its representation of Birdwell.
Jonesworks announces its representation of Mestiza New York.