THE IMPRESSION compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.
BRANDS & Retailers
Perry Ellis CEO George Feldenkreis Turns Role Over to Oscar Feldenkreis
George Feldankreis, who 49 years ago founded the company that now owns Perry Ellis as well as numerous other brands, is taking the role of Executive Chairman while turning over the role of CEO and President to his son Oscar Feldenkreis. Oscar Feldenkreis has worked with the company since 1980 and in 1993 was appointed President and COO by the board. In 2005 he was appointed the title of Vice Chairman. The elder Feldankreis will continue to work on strategic mergers and acquisitions for the firm which does nearly $1 billion in annual sales.
Chief Brand Officer Christoph Auhagen Departs Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss is parting ways with Christoph Auhagen Chief Brand Officer. Auhagen held the role since 2009, prior to that he served as Senior Vice President of Collection at Esprit Holdings Ltd.. Previously he was a Manager of the Gerry Weber Brands of Gerry Weber International Ag..
Hugo Boss Appoints Ingo Wilts as CBO
Previous Creative Director at Hugo Boss, Ingo Wilts, is returning to the firm in the role of Chief Brand Officer this upcoming November. Wilts most recently was at Tommy Hilfiger in Amsterdam where he held the title of Creative Director of Menswear. Prior to that he did a short stint as Creative Director of New York Based Elie Tahari. Prior to Tahari he served as Creative Director at Kenneth Cole for three years. He started his career at Hug Boss in 1997 holding various menswear positions from 1997 to 2009.
Michele Norsa to Step Down as CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo
Long time CEO at Salvatore Ferragamo, Michele Norsa, will leave the firm at the end of 2016 after a successor has been named. Norsa has been the Chief Executive Officer of Salvatore Ferragamo Italia SPA, since August 2006. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Valentino Fashion Group S.p.A.. Previously he held various leadership roles including President of the Rizzoli Book Division.
Andrew Berg Tapped as President of Robert Graham
Differential Brands Group Inc., which owns both Robert Graham and Hudson Jeans has appointed Andrew Berg as President of Robert Graham. Previously Berg was Senior Vice President of Menswear at Theory. Prior to that he held various menswear roles at Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch. Berg started his career at Gap Inc..
Calvin Klein Creative Directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli Depart
Long time Creative Directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli have exited Calvin Klein Inc. Their departure was part of a global creative strategy to bring the houses women’s and men’s collections under the vision of one creative director who has yet to be announced. Costa was the Creative Director of Womenswear at Calvin Klein taking the reins of women’s design in 2003 while Zuchelli was the Creative Director of Menswear at Calvin Klein leading men’s since 2004. Prior to Calvin Klein, Costa was a Design Assistant to Tom Ford at Gucci while Italo Zuchelli was at Jil Sander in menswear.
Lululemon Appoints Jon McNeill as Board Member
Jon McNeill has joined Lululemon Athletica’s board of directors. McNeill is currently the President of Global Sales and Services for Tesla Motors and is the CEO of Enservio.
Christopher McCormick Appointed Levi Strauss & Co. Board Position
Christopher McCormick has been added to Levi Strauss & Co.’s Board of Directors. McCormick worked as the CEO for L.L. Bean Inc. for 15 years and retired in March after 33 years with the company. McCormick maintains his position as Director on the Board at L.L. Bean Inc..
Board of Directors Named at Moncler
Milan based Moncler has named its Board of Directors for the 2016 to 2018 term. CEO Remo Ruffini, who purchased the brand in 2003 and later took it public in 2013 has been appointed Chairman of the Board. Virginie Morgon, who is also a member of Eurazeo’s Executive Board, has been named as Vice President. The other members of the board consist of Diva Moriani, Marco De Benedetti, Nerio Alessandri, Sergio Buongiovanni, Luciano Santel, Gabriele Galateri de Genola, Vivianne Akriche, Guido Pianaroli and Stephanie Phair.
House of Fraser’s Chief Customer Officer Andy Harding Departs
House of Fraser’s Chief Customer Officer Andy Harding is departing after 5 years with the company. Harding held the position of E-Commerce Director when he joined House of Fraser and prior to that worked at Ryman and Carphone Warehouse.
Anthony Gardner, previously Gap Inc.’s Head of Global Creative and Marketing Operations, is now the Head of E-Commerce and Marketing at Cotton On.
Andrew Blecher, previously Senior Vice President of Events and PR at Hudson’s Bay Company, is now Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at the firm.
Lindsey Ridell, previously Brand Strategy and Activation Leader at Fred Leighton is now Director of Marketing and Communications at the firm.
Lisa Morris, previously Vice President of Marketing at L’Oréal Professional USA is now as General Manager at the firm.
Karmen Wijnberg, previously Director of PR and Media at Paul Smith, is now the Head of PR, UK and International at the firm.
Ciarra Lee, previously Account Executive at Fox Greenberg Public Relations, has been named PR Manager at Robert Marc.
Balenciaga to Hold First Men’s Show
Balenciaga’s new artistic director Demna Gvasalia is set to hold the the houses first men’s runway show in its 99 year history on June 22 during Paris fashion week.
Moschino to Show in Los Angeles
Creative Director Jeremy Scott who has called Los Angeles home for over a decade will present Moschino’s Spring 2017 Menswear and Resort 2017 Womenswear collections in L.A. on June 10.
Sarah Broderick Tapped as Vice Media’s Chief Financial Officer
Former WME/IMG Executive Sarah Broderick has been hired as the Chief Financial Officer at Vice Media. Broderick was previously at WME/IMG where she was the Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller. Prior to that she held the position of Deputy Controller at General Electric where she supervised Securities and Exchange Commission, external reporting, global consolidation, financial reporting and International Controllership Organization. Broderick was also Senior Vice President at NBCUniversal.
Elle.com Appoints Melissa Harris-Perry as Editor-At-Large
Melissa Harris-Perry has been appointed Editor-At-Large for Elle.com. Harris-Perry was formerly a host for MSNBC and in her new position she will be hosting videos, writing columns and conducting interviews for the website.
Catriona Innes, previously Entertainment Editor and Deputy Features of Look, is now Senior Editor at Cosmopolitan UK.
Molly Haylo, previously Fashion Assistant to Tabitha Simmons is now Senior Fashion Assistant at Glamour.
Allison Stephens, previously Senior Account Executive at 5WPR is now Senior Account Executive for Maybelline at BCPM.
Gregory Werbosky, previously Senior Account Executive at Negri Firman PR, is now Senior Account Manager at Purple NY.
Juan Cardoza, previously Accessories Account manager at Mode PR, has been named Fashion Account Executive at Krupp Group.
Becca Weber, previously Account Manager at D2 Publicity, has been named Account Executive at Michele Marie PR.
Purple NY announces its representation of Trussardi.
Deep Focus announces its representation of Misha Nonoo.
Full Picture announces its representation of Alex and Ani.
Violetta Group announces its representation of Hueb.