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THE IMPRESSION compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.


BRANDS & Retailers

Martin Cooper

Martin Cooper

Lands’ End Taps Martin Cooper as Creative Director of Design
Iconic American retailer, Lands’ End, has appointed Martin Cooper as SVP and Creative Director for Design. Cooper was previously Chief Creative Officer at Belstaff, joining the firm in 2011 from Burberry Group. At Burberry, Cooper held various roles in his 16 years there, rising to VP and Design Director for Outerwear. His appointment is another in a line of hirers from upscale brands for the retailer by Lands’ End CEO Federica Marchionni. Cooper will report to another Marchionni top recruit, former senior merchant at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, Joseph Boitano, Lands’ End EVP, Chief Merchandising and Design Officer.

Johan Lindeberg

Johan Lindeberg

Johan Lindeberg Returns to J. Lindeberg
J. Lindeberg has confirmed that Johan Lindeberg will return as a creative consultant, eight years after leaving the company he founded. Lindberg had left the brand in 1996 to join Justin Timberlake’s William Rast as Creative Director. He later left William Rast in 2010 to join Kellwood-owned BLK Denim as Creative Director.

Sabina Belli

Sabina Belli

Sabina Belli Appointed as CEO of Pomellato Group
Kering-owned Pomellato Group has prompted Sabina Belli to CEO. Belli joined the Italian luxury house as Pomellato’s General Manager six months ago from Bulgari, where she was Brand & Communications Managing Director. She will report to Albert Bensoussan, Chief Executive of Kering’s Luxury – Watches & Jewellery division.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson joins MatchesFashion.com as Commercial Director
MatchesFashion.com has named Richard Johnson as Commercial Director. Johnson will oversee MatchesFashion.com’s buying and merchandising team. Previously, Johnson was the VP of The Al Tayer Group, where he was responsible for menswear and womenswear at Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales Dubai.

Ralph Lauren Names Thomas Bucaille SVP Human Resources EMEA
Previous Director of Talent at Condé Nast International, Thomas Bucaille, has joined Ralph Lauren as SVP Human Resources for EMEA (Europe, Midelle East, Asia). Bucaille was with Condé Nast International for several years, departing in May when the international talent department was shut down. Prior to Condé Nast, Bucaille worked at Christian Dior Couture, where he had served as worldwide human resources director since 2005.

Nicholas Kirkwood Taps Kate Brindley as PR & Communications Director
Kate Brindley has joined Nicholas Kirkwood as PR and Communications Director. Brindley was previously Louis Vuitton’s Project Manager in London. Prior to that she was Head of Press and Marketing at Liberty department store.

Allison Carley, previosuly VP of Sales at Alex & Ani, is now President at Luca + Danni.

Yesenia Almonte, previously Independent Content Strategist and Consultant, is now Global Senior Brand Manager at Avon.

Elizabeth Luby, previously Senior Manager of PR at Burberry, is now senior PR Manager at Saint Laurent.

Philip Fry, previously PR and Marketing Manager at Prabal Gurung, is now Global Media Relations Manager at IMG.

Christina Chen, previously Director of Public Relations at Alexander Wang, has left the firm to pursue personal opportunities.

Danielle Martinetti, previously PR Director at Sunglass Hut Worldwide & Luxottica North America, is now PR Director at Chico’s FAS, Inc., Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma.

Christyanna Nguyen, previously Assistant Account Executive at Full Picture, is now Global Communications Coordinator at Tom Ford Beauty.

Aiden Aldred, previously PR and Communications Director at Nicholas Kirkwood, departs the company.


Kitson to Close Doors
Los Angeles based boutique retailer, Kitson, is shuttering its 17 stores operation, which includes stores in California, Oregon, and Nevada.


Alexander McQueen Returns to London
The house of Alexander McQueen, led by designer Sarah Burton, will return to London Fashion Week for one season only in February.


Christene Barberich

Christene Barberich

Christene Barberich, previously Founding Partner and Editor-in-Chief at Refinery29, is now Global Editor-in-Chief.

Amy Emmerich

Amy Emmerich

Refinery29 Taps Amy Emmerich as CCO
Refinery29 has appointed Amy Emmerich to the newly created role of Chief Content Officer. In her new role, Emmerich will oversee a 150-person team to drive content strategy and distribution. Emmerich was previously Refinery29’s EVP of programming. Prior to that she held various roles at MTV, Scripps, VICE and HBO.

Romy Oltuski, previously Assistant Features Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Associate Features Editor.

Florence Kane previously Co-Founder and formerly Editorial Director at JeanStories.com, is now Digital Fashion Director at Glamour.

Monica Kim, previously Research Editor at Vogue.com, is now a Beauty Writer.

Lauren Pleszewicz, previously Executive Assistant at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Editorial Coordinator.


PR Consulting announces its representation of Trademark.

The Woods & Co announces its representation of Bogner.

Purple NY announces its representation of Helbers and Loquest.

May Concepts announces its representation of De Gris.

Rainbowwave PR announces its US and UK representation of Mr&Mrs Italy.

One Management announces its U.S. representation of Stone Immaculate.