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Hamish Bowles appointed Editor in Chief of The World of Interiors, Ubaldo Minelli appointed new CEO of Jil Sander

Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles appointed Editor in Chief of The World of Interiors 

Condé Nast on September 17th named Hamish Bowles as the new editor in chief at The World of Interiors.

Bowles brings with him over 25 years of experience at American Vogue on the senior editorial team, where he is currently global editor at large overseeing all house and garden features, contributing profiles of cultural figures, as well as reporting on the history of fashion and style. Bowles also hosts two podcasts —the completed In Vogue: The 1990s and ongoing In Vogue: The 2000s and narrates Vogue’s popular Youtube series Everything You Need to Know.

Born in London, Bowles studied fashion and journalism at Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design. Prior to joining American Vogue as Style Editor in 1992, Bowles began his career at London’s Harpers & Queen magazine. Bowles is recognised as one of the world’s most respected authorities in fashion and interior design and has written for and contributed countless articles, reviews, and books on fashion history, art, lifestyle, and interior design. His books include Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years (2001); Balenciaga: Spanish Master (2010); Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People (2007) and The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places (2009).

In his expanded role, Bowles will lead The World of Interiors’ editorial team into a new era that honours the magazine’s timeless heritage while expanding its influence and reach to audiences across digital and video. Bowles will succeed Rupert Thomas, after 22 successful years at the helm, and will be only the third editor in chief in the magazine’s 40 year history. The World of Interiors was founded in 1981 by Min Hogg from her flat on the Fulham Road and quickly became known for celebrating the unique and the unusual. It was acquired by Condé Nast in 1982 and is today appreciated by lovers of art, culture and style worldwide. The magazine has an iconic status, acknowledged as the ultimate authority on design bringing together exceptional interiors and decorative arts.

Anna Wintour: “I’m so thrilled by this new role for Hamish, who has an uncanny ability to pop up everywhere at once—and accomplish anything you ask of him along the way, with style, intelligence, and wit. He is a brilliant writer, an expert editor, and a tireless globetrotter—I’ve long called him the original multitasker—who carries with him a wonderful mix of curiosity, erudition and enthusiasm. Hamish is also, of course, an expert design and fashion historian, and I can’t imagine a better person to take over The World of Interiors. I’m especially thrilled that he will stay on as Vogue’s global editor at large as he moves into this next stage of his career.”

Hamish Bowles: For over four decades The World of Interiors has served as a ceaseless inspiration with its uniquely curated mix of environments and product –from the quirky to the sophisticated, the exquisite to the audacious – providing an invaluable document of the way we live now and a special part of Conde Nast’s history. In my new role, I hope to continue the iconic title’s extraordinary legacy whilst bringing its exciting offerings to new audiences across online, social and video platforms.

Based in London, Bowles will continue to report to Conde Nast’s Chief Content Officer Anna Wintour and will remain Vogue’s global editor at large.

Michelle Ochs

Michelle Ochs is the Founder and Creative Director of ET OCHS, launching in 2021

Michelle Ochs attended Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she received her BA in Fashion Design and received Parsons’ top honor of Designer of the Year in 2007.  In 2008, she co-founded the eponymous label Cushnie et Ochs in New York City, leaving Cushnie et Ochs in 2018.

During her tenure Michelle achieved both commercial and editorial success, was winner of the 2009 Ecco Domani Award, finalist for the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, nominee for the 2012 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and 2010 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award, and featured as Forbes 30 under 30.  She has been an active member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2012.  

Et Ochs is a luxury womenswear collection based in New York City.  Et Ochs is built on a foundation of impeccable fit, innovative proportions, and elevated design details. Thoughtful, polished, and flattering. Simple luxury done well. The Et Ochs aesthetic is rooted in clean lines and artful tailoring, exuding a refined sense of femininity and minimalist sophistication. Every detail is carefully considered with the female form in mind.

Ben Cobb

Ben Cobb Appointed As Editor Of ES Magazine

The Evening Standard, London’s most iconic news brand, announced the appointment of Ben Cobb as Editor of ES Magazine, leading the vision for London’s premier style and culture destination across the newsprint edition and its digital platforms. Ben will commence in this role on 4 October and the appointment marks a new era for the iconic publication, which celebrates London’s thriving culture, art, fashion, beauty, food, film and theatre scenes

A renowned fashion journalist and tastemaker, Ben spent over a decade at British fashion magazine Another Man, in roles including Editor-in-Chief, before joining influential style publication LOVE as Co-Editor-In-Chief in early 2020. Last year he helped to launch Perfect Magazine, a creative community and content platform, alongside his former LOVE colleague Katie Grand. Ben’s vision for ES will see a sharpening of digital innovation, introducing dynamic new creative voices and extending the magazine’s storytelling from the page into moving image and real life experiences. Ben succeeds long-time Editor Laura Weir.

Read by 614,000, Londoners every week and with a total digital lifestyle audience of 1.5m, ES Magazine sets the London life and style agenda by delivering the capital’s best features and interviews, from politics to pop culture, fashion to food, and to bring alive the city’s vast swell of creative talent. Last year, ES Magazine unveiled a new look site focused on scrollable, clickable content optimised for mobile consumption, and integrating the innovative Brand Stories branded content platform.

ES Magazine’s biannual fashion edition was published 16thSeptember, coinciding with London Fashion Week. 

Ben Cobb, Editor of ES Magazine, commented: “As a Londoner, ES has always been a part of my life. It’s a privilege to edit such an iconic London brand. I’m excited to work with the ES team on capturing the energetic soul of this city and reaching a powerful community in London and beyond.” 

Emily Sheffield, Editor of the Evening Standard, added: “Ben is an exceptional style and culture editor with impeccable fashion credentials, and I couldn’t be more pleased that he is taking the helm of ES Magazine. At such an important and exciting time for London’s vibrant style and culture scene, Ben is the perfect person to further strengthen ES Magazine’s incredible reputation for inspiring interviews and features, and as the go-to guide for everything you need to know about what to wear, see, eat, drink and do. I know he will innovate to take ES Magazine to a new level – both digitally and in print.”

Ubaldo Minelli

Ubaldo Minelli appointed new CEO of Jil Sander

Jil Sander, acquired by OTB from Japanese fashion group Onward Holding in March of this year, has a new CEO Ubaldo Minelli. Renzo Rosso, president of OTB Group, the parent company of Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Amiri, Viktor & Rolf, Staff International, and Brave Kid, appointed trusted executive Ubaldo Minelli to lead the luxury brand. Minelli will be taking over from Axel Keller. Minelli will also maintain his position as CEO of OTB.

In an earlier interview, Renzo Rosso said of Jil Sander: “Day after day, I marvel at how beautiful, clean and sophisticated is this product, and I have a beautiful rapport with Luke and Lucie.”

“I am involving them more and more actively in the company, and beyond the creativity, I want their opinion.”

Looking forward to see what is to come with the creative vision of Luke and Lucie Meier and the guidance of Ubaldo Minelli.

MSGM announced Veronica Bertozzi as new CEO

Italian fashion house MSGM announced Veronica Bertozzi the new chief executive officer, effective since summer 2021. Bertozzi joins from Stella McCartney were she spent 14 years most recently as the EMEA President. Bertozzi is bringing leadership and change to the brand.

“I am proud to have joined the MSGM family and to take on an important professional challenge which I shall face with enthusiasm,” Bertozzi said, in a statement. “MSGM is a brand with enormous potential that has proved to have a distinctive character and a unique DNA. Today more than ever, it is ready to assert itself as a big name in the industry, without losing sight of the youthful and innovative style that distinguishes it, and indeed focusing on those qualities with even greater commitment. The future of fashion belongs to the new generations and MSGM is able to address them in a way that few of its competitors can, covering a very important market share.”

Amanda Gorman (photo courtesy of The Estée Lauder Companies)

The Estée Lauder Companies and Estée Lauder Brand Announce Partnership With Amanda Gorman

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and the Estée Lauder brand announced a three-year partnership with Amanda Gorman, activist, award-winning writer, and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. This is the first such multi-year partnership for Amanda and the first integrated partnership by The Estée Lauder Companies and the Estée Lauder brand to acknowledge and celebrate a new generation of leaders inspiring change.

As part of this unprecedented partnership, The Estée Lauder Companies will contribute US$3M over three years to support WRITING CHANGE, a special initiative to advance literacy as a pathway to equality, access, and social change. In addition, Amanda will bring her voice of change to the Estée Lauder brand through campaigns debuting in Spring 2022.

“Our company was founded by an extraordinary woman, Estée Lauder, who paved the way for women everywhere to believe anything is possible. Our first of its kind partnership with Amanda was created under these very same trailblazing ideals,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Executive Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies. “Amanda’s powerful presence and inspirational voice brings hope and confidence to the next generation of leaders. Together, we will create real and meaningful impact through literacy, voice, and self-expression.”

The Estée Lauder Companies and Amanda are united in supporting causes for equality and social impact. The WRITING CHANGE initiative is strongly aligned with the goals of The Estée Lauder Companies and The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, which focuses on the well-being of diverse global communities, emphasizing women and girls, supported by the pillars of health, education, and the environment.

“I am honored to partner with The Estée Lauder Companies to activate change through literacy, and to represent a brand founded by such an inspiring and daring woman,” said Amanda Gorman. “Mrs. Estée Lauder shattered glass ceilings as a leader in business 75 years ago. Embracing this spirit, I am delighted that our partnership will help inspire women, girls, and all people around the world to do great things, to disrupt, to be confident, and to be future leaders in whatever path they take.”

“Amanda embodies a new generation and demonstrates the importance and influence of voice,” said Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies. “As a company, we are committed to nurturing the leaders and talent of the future, empowering them to use their voices—and to use them loudly. We are thrilled to partner with Amanda as we embark on this collective journey to strengthen our commitment to girls’ education, helping provide the skills needed to be heard around the globe.”

This year, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Estée Lauder brand celebrate 75 years in business, and today the company is the world’s leader in prestige beauty, supported by a global workforce that is 84% female. In March 2021, the company published its commitments to gender equality and women’s advancement, with initiatives committed to leveling the playing field for all genders inside and outside the company.

Eugénie Trochu

Eugénie Trochu is appointed Head of Editorial Content, Vogue Paris. On September 6, 2021 Condé Nast appointed Eugénie Trochu as Head of Editorial Content, Vogue Paris

In her new role, Trochu will oversee Vogue Paris’ editorial operations, strategy and vision, working closely with Vogue’s editorial leadership to develop the best journalism and storytelling both globally and locally. She will lead Vogue Paris’ editorial team to ensure that Vogue’s core values are represented in all content and across all platforms.

“Eugénie first joined Condé Nast a decade ago, as an intern for Vogue U.S. in Paris,” said Anna Wintourglobal editorial director, Vogue, and chief content officer, Condé Nast. “And throughout the last decade, her passion for and dedication to the world of fashion has only strengthened. Eugénie has been instrumental in developing strong relationships within the fashion community, and in building Vogue’s digital presence in the market. I look forward to seeing Vogue Paris continue to grow under her capable leadership”.

Edward Enninful OBE, European editorial director, Vogue, said: “Eugénie’s appointment marks a new chapter for Vogue Paris. The French edition of Vogue has always had a unique place within fashion, and is a source of inspiration around the world. With Eugénie’s appointment as Head of Editorial Content, we aim to elevate trends across French fashion, culture and style so they speak louder to Vogue’s global audience.”

Trochu joined Condé Nast in 2011 as an intern. A ‘coup de coeur’ that became a vocation: she soon joined Vogue Paris eventually taking on her most recent roles of fashion editor of and fashion and market editor of Vogue ParisTrochu holds a degree in literature and journalism from The Sorbonne.

“I am honored to take on this role and thrilled to be part of Vogue’s international transformation, alongside a united team under the leadership of Anna Wintour and Edward Enninful. Together as a global team, we will continue to promote the richness of culture and fashion in France, opening our editorial line to the whole country and beyond in an inclusive way,” said Trochu.

Based in Paris, Trochu will work closely with Wintour and Enninful, as well as Vogue senior leadership to contribute French stories, talent and strategic ideas to all global editorial projects. Her role is part of a new global editorial strategy that will enable local content in all Vogue markets around the world to reach a new global audience across all platforms.

Francesca Ragazzi 

Vogue Italia Head of Editorial Content announced by Condé Nast

Francesca Ragazzi, Former fashion market director, has taken up the new role of Head of Editorial Content, and will report to Edward Enninful and Anna Wintour.

The Joseph And Gail Gromek Institute For Fashion Business At Parsons School Of Design Announces Appointment Of Abrima Erwiah As Director

The New School announced that Abrima Erwiah has been appointed Director of the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business at Parsons School of Design. Erwiah will formally begin her role at the Institute, a new academic hub that will inspire, educate, and develop the next generation of business, fashion, innovation and organizational leaders, in September 2021.

As Director of the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business, Erwiah will oversee the launch of the Institute, provide leadership and strategic direction, create original programming, conduct research and develop related initiatives tied to the Institute’s mission and goals within Parsons and the wider New School community. 

“I am so excited for Abrima to start her role as Director of our new Fashion Business Institute, where her deep experience in fashion, sustainability, and business will help guide the Institute on an innovative path forward,” said Rachel Schreiber, Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design. “Parsons is committed to training the next generation of fashion and design leaders, and the Gromek Institute will play an integral role in our educational mission moving forward. Abrima’s experience, which ranges from working with luxury fashion brands to various initiatives aimed at bringing equity and inclusion to the fashion industry make her the ideal inaugural director for our institute.” 

The Gromek Institute will substantially enhance the interdisciplinary study of the business of fashion and design at Parsons. Drawing on the strengths of existing degree programs within Parsons, it will advance the breadth and depth of opportunities to educate, train, convene, and support a broad fashion business community at the university. 

“I’m thrilled to begin my work at Parsons, where my goal is to create a center of learning excellence that goes beyond any border or traditional way of thinking, and disrupts the fashion industry in every possible way,” said Abrima Erwiah. “We want to lead the charge in the evolution of the fashion industry and to help prepare the next generation of leaders in fashion business. We want to encourage the business of fashion design by operating as an innovation hub that cross pollinates across the industry and that creates hybrid programs across disciplines so we can work with the best of the best in tech, sustainability, business, design, law, media, manufacturing, retail, and more.”

The Institute was created thanks to an $8.5 million gift from Joseph and Gail Gromek in 2019, the largest gift in Parsons’ 125 year history. Joseph R. Gromek has championed innovation and excellence throughout The New School. He is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees at The New School and current board member of Parsons School of Design, and is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting health and higher education.

“I’m so proud to see the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business launch with such a passionate and dedicated leader at the helm,” said Joe Gromek. “I know the Institute will serve as the crossroads for a wide variety of interdisciplinary studies. It will act as a bridge between academia and industry and help support the development and inclusion of a more diverse group of future industry leaders. I can’t wait to see the important and innovative work that Abrima Erwiah and her colleagues produce in the years to come.”

The Institute will build on a curricular suite of management offerings including the industry-leading Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Management as well as programs within the School of Design Strategies at Parsons. Under the leadership of the Director, the Institute will support the development of new and existing co-curricular programs and initiatives. The academic structure will initially include an endowed directorship, an additional faculty appointment, as well as faculty and student research, collaborative external projects, social engagement, and public programming.

In her role as Director, Erwiah will also oversee the Gromek Innovation Fund to provide resources for significant curricular work and to continue to improve Parsons’ existing program offerings and initiatives related to business and management. The Gromek Innovation fund will also support research exploring areas of our rapidly changing economy, including topics related to systems and organizations, supply chain and design, sustainability, consumption, new technologies, labor, social justice, and finding opportunities for businesses and communities to thrive within today’s world.