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Bold Moves
David Lauren Promoted, O’Shea Exits Brioni, Mehas Becomes Tory Burch President

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


BRANDS & Retailers

David Lauren

David Lauren

David Lauren Promoted to Vice Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer at Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren has promoted David Lauren to Chief Innovation Officer and Vice Chairman. Previously Lauren served as EVP of Global Advertising, Marketing and Communications and as a board member since 2013. Lauren joined the firm in 2000 and has been responsible for all the brands global advertising/marketing campaigns,  strategic marketing partnerships, and corporate and fashion communications. In his new post, Lauren will continue to report to Stefan Larsson, President and CEO.

Justin O'Shea

Justin O’Shea

Justin O’Shea Parts Ways with Brioni as Creative Director
After 7 months at the helm as Brioni’s Creative Director, Justin O’Shea, is parting ways with the house. O’Shea was previously Global Fashion Director at e-tailer MyTheresa. Before joining Mytheresa.com in 2001, the Australian native worked as a buyer at Kuwait luxury retailer, Al Ostoura, which operates 40 stores.

Andrea Perrone

Andrea Perrone

Andrea Perrone Named CEO Boglioli
Italian menswear brand Boglioli  has named Andrea Perrone as CEO. Perron joins Boglioli from Ferrari Brand SpA where he served as CEO. Prior to that he spent much of his career at Brioni where he rose to CEO.

Giovanni Mannucci

Giovanni Mannucci

Giovanni Mannucci, previously Chairman and CEO at Boglioli, is now CEO at Pal Zileri.

John Mehas

John Mehas

Tory Burch Taps John Mehas as President
Tory Burch has named John Mehas as President. Metas was previously CEO/President of Ralph Lauren owned Club Monaco, where he spent 15 years. Prior to that, Metas held Various senior merchandising positions at Bloomingdales and The Gap, Inc. .

Eric Wiseman

Eric Wiseman

Eric Wiseman to Step Down as VF Corp. CEO
Eric Wiseman will step down from the role of CEO of VF Corp this January and will remain Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Wiseman’s career with VF began in 1995 when he joined the company as EVP of the JanSport brand. He then held a progression of leadership roles, including Chairman of VF’s Sportswear and Outdoor coalitions and EVP, Global Brands. He was named President and COO in 2006, and elected to VF’s board of directors that same year. Mr. Wiseman was named CEO in January 2008 and Chairman of the Board in August 2008.

Steven Rendle

Steven Rendle

Steven Rendle to become VF Corp. CEO
VF Corp. has promoted Steven Rendle to the role of CEO effective this January. Rundle is currently President and COO at the firm he joined 16 years ago. He currently oversees VF’s business coalitions worldwide for Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear, overseeing brands such as Nautica, Timberland, The North Face, Wrangler, and Lee. Prior to being appointed to his current role in June 2015, he was SVP, Americas, with responsibility for driving the strategies to support VF’s continued growth in its Americas-based businesses. Rendle began his career with The North Face in 1999 and shortly afterward was promoted to VP of Sales.

Claire’s Taps Scott Huckins as CFO
Claire’s Stores Inc. has appointed Scott Huckins EVP and CFO. Huckins joins Claire’s from Sears Holdings where he was VP, Treasurer and President for Sears Reinsurance, a wholly owned captive reinsurance firm. Huckins previously held various CFO and Treasurer roles at Koch Financial Products and RSC Holdings.

James F. Huang, previously VP of Sales and Development at Verdura, is now Managing Director of Verdura and Belperron.


Berlin Fashion Week Changes Venue to Kaufhaus Jandorf
In January 2017, the Berlin Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows produced by IMG will not take place in the tent at the Brandenburg Gate, but in the Jandorf department store in Berlin-Mitte. Kaufhaus Jandorf was erected in 1904 by businessman Adolf Jandorf in Brunnenstrasse opposite Weinbergspark in Berlin-Mitte.


Hubert Boehle

Hubert Boehle

CEO Hubert Boehle Retires from Bauer Media Group
After 30 years with the firm, Bauer Media Group CEO Hubert Boehle is leaving the company. Boehle served as CEO since 2005 and President since 1994. Boehle joined Germany-based parent company Bauer Media in 1986. After 3 years in Germany Boehle moved to work on the company’s U.S. operations.

Bauer Media Group Appoints Steven Kotok as CEO
Bauer Media Group USA, the publisher of InTouch Weekly, Life & Style and Woman’s World, has tapped Steven Kotok as CEO/President. Kook was previously President of product review affiliate web business The Wirecutter. He started his career at Dennis Publishing, launching Maxim.com and Maxim Books before being appointed president of The Week in 2007. Kotok was promoted to CEO of Dennis Publishing in 2010 and led the acquisition of Mental Floss in 2011.

Gina Marinelli, previously Fashion Editor at Refinery29, is now Senior Editor at Who What Wear.

PUBLIC Relations

Junior Scott Pence, previously Entertainment Marketing, Celebrity Relations and Product Placement Director at Luxottica, is now Founder of consulting group The Rogue Stag Group.

Brittanae Casper, previously Sr. Account Executive at 5W PR, is now Account Director at Wetherly Fashion Group.

Brittany Rupp, previously Account Executive at Pistol PR, is now Sr. Account Executive at Creative Media Marketing.

Kristen Long, previously Sr. Account Manager at Behrman Communications, is now account executive at Blue Sky Communications.

Dominique Barchus, previously Junior Account Executive at DKC, is now Junior Account Executive at Think PR.



CCPR announces its representation of Kenneth Ning.

Purple New York announces its representation of R.M. Williams.

D’Orazio and Associates announces its representation of Hueb and Gilian Jewellery.

KRUPP Group announces its representation of Zoe Jordan.