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THE IMPRESSION COMPILES THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL FASHION MOVES OF THE WEEK. Jonathan Saunders Departs DVF, Coach Names Laura Dubin-Wander as President, Terry Lundgren to Retire from Macy’s, and Louis Vuitton Names Kristine Westerby SVP Communications Americas

This week Jonathan Saunders Departs DVF, Coach Names Laura Dubin-Wander as President, Terry Lundgren to Retire from Macy’s, and Louis Vuitton Names Kristine Westerby SVP Communications Americas.


BRANDS & Retailers

Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders Departs DVF as Chief Creative Officer
DVF’s Chief Creative Officer, Jonathan Saunders, has resigned from the house. The Scottish fashion designer joined DVF in May 2016 to oversee all creative aspects of the house. Saunders, previously operated his London-based epoynomous label from 2003 to December 2015. The designer, who graduated from Central Saint Martins had held various design roles at Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix at Pucci and Phoebe Philo at Chloé.

Casey Cadwallader

Mugler Taps Casey Cadwallader as Artistic Director
Casey Cadwallader has joined the Paris based design house of Mugler as Artistic Director succeeding David Koma, who held the role for the past four years. Previously Cadwallader served as head of womenswear at Acne Studios. Prior to that he held various design roles at Loewe and Narciso Rodriguez.

Coach Names Laura Dubin-Wander as President North America
Tapestry Inc. owned Coach, has appointed Laura Dubin-Wander as President of North America reporting to CEO/President Joshua Schulman. Dubin-Wander joins from Givenchy were she served as its U.S. President. Previously she held various leadership roles at Christian Dior Couture, American Eagle Outfitters, Liz Claiborne and Victoria’s Secret.

Fredrik Malm Named President, Coach Europe and International
Coach has tapped Fredrik Malm as President, Coach Europe and Coach International overseeing European retail and wholesale businesses, the global franchise, distributor and travel retail businesses. Malm most recently served as President of Sales at Ralph Lauren since 2001 and prior to that he was with Ecco as Retail Director for four years. He will report to Coach CEO/President Joshua Schulman.

Terry Lundgren

Terry Lundgren to Retire from Macy’s
Following upon an announcement last June to transition senior leadership at Macy’s, Terry Lundgren, Executive Chairman at Macy’s Inc, will retire at the end of January 2018. Jeff Gennette, who was elected President of Macy’s in 2014, is set to assume the role of CEO. Lundgren, who has been at the company’s helm since 2003, began his retailing career in 1975 as a trainee with Los Angeles-based Bullock’s and was named CEO of the Federated owned retailer in 1987. Lundgren left Federated in 1988 to join Neiman Marcus as EVP and shortly thereafter was named Chairman and CEO. He returned to Federated in April 1994 as Chairman and CEO of the Federated Merchandising Group becoming CEO of Macy’s in 2004.

Grégory Boutté

Kering Names Grégory Boutté as Chief Client and Digital Officer
Kering has tapped former Udemy VP of Content Grégory Boutté for its newly created post of Chief Client and Digital Officer. In the new role Boutté will be responsible for the group’s digital transformation, e-commerce, CRM and data management. Boutté most recently servers as VP of Content at San Francisco based educational platform Udemy. Prior to that he help various roles in Sand Francisco and Paris for Sidecar and EBay.

Louis Vuitton Names Kristine Westerby SVP Communications Americas
Louis Vuitton Americas has tapped Kristine Westerby as SVP of Communications. Westerby joins Louis Vuitton from Max Mara USA, where she was SVP Marketing and Communications since 2014. Prior to that Westerby held various communications leadership roles at Fendi, Dior, and Gucci. She began her career at Calvin Klein.

Theory Creative Director Lisa Kulson Steps Down
Lisa Kulson has stepped down as Womenswear Creative Director at Theory, a role she has held since 2014. Kulson joined Theory in 1997 and left the firm in 2002 to start her own label before rejoining the firm 10 years later in 2012. Pre-Fall 2018 will be her final collection for the label.

Ubaldo Minelli

OTB Names Ubaldo Minelli as CEO
Italian fashion group founded by Renzo Rosso, OTB, parent of Diesel, Marni, Maison Margiela, Staff International and Viktor & Rolf, has named Ubaldo Minelli as CEO. Minelli, who joined OTB 17 years ago, currently serves as CEO of Staff International and Marni. He succeeds Riccardo Stilli who was at the helm for the past four years. Starting in January, all OTB CEO’s will report to Minelli.

Carlo Schiavo Named CFO of OTB
OTB has appointed Carlo Schiavo as CFO. Most recently Schiavo served as CFO of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to that he served as CFO of Diesel Systems for Delphi. 

White House|Black Market Taps David Pastrana as President
Chico’s FAS Inc. owned White House|Black Market brand has appointed David Pastrana as President. Most recently Pastrana served as President of Apparel at Sears Holdings Corp.. Prior to that he was President of North America at Topshop/Topman and held various leadership positions at Zara. He will report to CEO Shelley Broader.

Adam Welch

Mr Porter Promotes Adam Welch to Editorial Director
E-commerce channel Mr Porter has promoted Adam Welch to Editorial Director. Welch joined the retailer as Deputy Editor in 2014; prior to that he served as Editor-in-Chief at Wonderland magazine. He will report to content director Jeremy Langmead.

Natasha Weber, previously Senior PR Manager at Burberry, is now PR Director at Coach.

Nadine Korioth, previously Senior Coordinator of Global PR at Oscar de la Renta, is now PR Manager at Sergio Rossi.

Laron Howard, previously Senior PR Manager at Karla Otto, is now Global PR Manager at Reebok.


Gucci to Show Cruise 2019 Collection at Alyscamps in France
Gucci will hold it’s 2018 Cruise collection show on May 30th, 2018 at the ancient site of Les Alyscamps in Arles France. Les Alyscamps is a UNESCO World Heritage site with one of the world’s most renowned Roman necropoleis and the showing follows Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s previous Cruise presentations in other culturally significant locations, including the DIA-Art Foundation in New York City, the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey in London and the Palatina Gallery in Florence’s Palazzo Pitti.

Tommy Hilfiger to Close Milan Fashion Week
Following his recent showing in Los Angeles and London, Tommy Hilfiger will take his TOMMYNOW “See Now, Buy Now” runway event to Milan for the Spring 2018 collection on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. CET. 
For the second season, TOMMYNOW will combine men’s and women’s, including the fourth ‘TommyXGigi’ capsule collection, with looks immediately shoppable.

Vetements Joins Paris Men’s Week
For Fall 2018 Vetements will continue to stage a coed presentation on Jan. 19 during Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
 Previously, Vetements showed its women’s and men’s collections during the couture shows, while last season it skipped the runway for a showroom presentation.

Anya Hindmarch Departs Catwalk
London based designer Anya Hindmarch is stepping off the catwalk to stage events throughout the year rather than seasonal fashion shows. The first official new format event will take place during London Fashion Week in September to showcase the fall 2018 collection in a see-now-buy-now format.

Delpozo Moves to London Fashion Week
After showing as part of New York Fashion Week for the past 10 seasons, Spanish design house Delpozo will show during London Fashion Week for the next Fall Winter 2018 season.

Creatures of the Wind Departs Runway
Creatures of the Wind designer’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, have shifted business strategies and will no longer produce full collections or do runway shows opting
 to work with stores on capsule collections and specific projects.


Patrick Yee

Patrick Yee Departs Laird + Partners as CEO
After nine months at the helm, Patrick Yee, has parted ways with Laird + Partners as CEO. Yee previously served as EVP of Marketing at Strategy at Refinery29. Yee spent eight years at Refinery29 helping the firm to grow from 10 employees to over 450. Prior to that Yee launched Shop Flick and Rocket Excel. Be began his career at Wasserstein Perella and Soros Fund Management.


Kate Reardon

Kate Reardon Resigns as Tatler Editor
Kate Reardon, has given her resignation as Editor at UK’s Tatler, a role she held for the past seven years. Reardon began her career as US Vogue’s youngest ever fashion assistant, and was made fashion director of the Tatler at the age of 21. She is the author of several books including Your Mother Was Right, Top Tips for Girls and Top Tips for Life.

Luke Day, currently Editor at UK’s GQ Style, will now also serve as Fashion Director at British GQ.

Teo van den Broeke

Teo van den Broeke, previously Style Director at UK Esquire, is now style and Grooming Director at British GQ.

Elle UK Taps Phoebe Arnold as Fashion Director
Elle UK has appointed Phoebe Arnold as Fashion Director. Arnold joins from Garage magazine, prior to that, she was Senior Editor at Love magazine.

Kelly Bales

Kelly Bales, previously Director of Branded Content for Architectural Digest and Conde Nast Traveler, is now Digital Editorial Director at Allure.com.

Jade Frampton, previously Executive Market Director at ELLE, is now Editorial Director of ShopBAZAAR.

PUBLIC Relations

Jorge Suarez, previously Account Executive at The 5th Column, is now Publicist at Lion & Lamb Communications.

Sarah Yu, previously Communications Associate at Starworks Group, is now Account Manager at Bollare Communications.

Ashley King, previously Director of Travel at Murphy O’Brien, is now Senior Director of Lifestyle at IHPR.

Lindsay Cantline, previously PR Manager at Krupp Group, is now Jewelry Director at IHPR.


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