In this weeks Bold Moves – Virgil Abloh to Louis Vuitton, Belinda Earl Departs Marks & Spencer, Emily Hallie Joins Condé Nast Britain
BRANDS & Retailers
Virgil Abloh Named Louis Vuitton as Artistic Director of Menswear
Off-White founder Virgil Abloh has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Menswear. Previously, when he wasn’t designing for his own brand, Abloh was a serial collaborator for brands such as Jimmy Choo, Nike, and Ikea. This new appointment is set to create a bridge between Louis Vuitton’s luxury wear, and Abloh’s vision for streetwear. He succeeds Kim Jones who departed Louis Vuitton in January.
Scotch & Soda Appoints Ralph Rijks to CMO
Ralph Rijks has joined Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda as their new Chief Marketing Officer. Rijks joins from Heineken USA where he was SVP. In his new role at Scotch & Soda, he will lead the marketing department in order to expand the brand.
Belinda Earl Departs Marks & Spencer as Director of Womenswear
Director of Womenswear at Marks & Spencer, Belinda Earl, is stepping down from the company. Earl first joined Marks & Spencers in 2012 acting as Style Director. Before her time at the British retailer, she was CEO at Jaeger and Debenhams. Earl will continue to be involved with Marks & Spencer as an Advisor and Board Member of M&S Archive.
Marks & Spencer Names Jill Stanton Director of Womenswear
Succeeding Belinda Earl as the Director of Womenswear, Jill Stanton joins Marks & Spencer. Stanton joins from Old Navy where she was Executive Vice President, and has acted as Interim President of their American operations. Prior to that, Stanton held Global Retail positions as Nike, Dewhirst, and Next.
VF Corporation Appoints Steve Murray to VP of Strategic Projects
Steve Murray has been tapped by the VF Corporation to fill the newly created role of VP of Strategic Projects. Murray joins from Airwair International – Dr Martens, where he was CEO. Prior to that, he was Global Brand President of Urban Outfitters. Murray has worked for VF Corporation in the past, previously serving as President of Vans, owned by VF Corp, from 2004 until 2009.
Julian Dunkerton Departs Superdry as Director
Cofounder of British retailer Superdry, Julian Dunkerton, is leaving his company as Director. Dunkerton and fellow designer James Holder started the brand in 2003, with its first store opening in 2004. Dunkerton also acted as CEO of Superdry until 2014 when Euan Sutherland took on the role.
Susan Harmsworth Exits Espa as Founder
Following Espa’s sale to The Hut Group last fall, Susan Harmsworth is stepping down from the beauty brand as Founder. Harmsworth said what lead to her founding Espa was the lack of attention to the impact beauty products had of wellbeing. Harmsworth is set to keep with her separate projects in the world of wellbeing and beauty, like the Global Wellness Summit and Institute.
Max Stomber, previously Account Manager at HL Group, is now Senior Coordinator Men’s PR at Michael Kors.
Pedro Maldonado, previously Communications Assistant at Tomas Maier, has left the company.
Emily Hallie Named Condé Nast Britain’s Communications Director
Condé Nast Britain has appointed Emily Hallie as their new Communications Director. Previously, Hallie was Senior Global Media Relations Manager at Diageo. Prior to that, she held the same position at SAB Miller, and before that she was Global Press Officer at Unilever.
Kira Pollack, previously Deputy Editor of Time, is now Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair.
Bustle Digital Group has acquired The Zoe Report.
Simon Whitehouse, previously Chief Executive Officer of J. W. Anderson, is now Chief Executive Officer at Art Partner.
Joey Suchodolski, previously Director at HL Group, has left the company.
Maddie Kraus, previously Senior Manager at HL Group, is now Senior Account Manager at The Consultancy PR.
Kate Alper, previously Senior Digital Publicist at KCD, is now Senior Account Executive at Derris.
Hannah Rood, previously Account Supervisor at LaForce, has left the company.
BPCM NY announces its U.S. representation of SPANX.
Purple announces its representation of Enfants Riches Déprimés.
Shadow announces its representation of Blue Nile.
AZIONE announces its representation of Buck Mason.
IHPR announces its representation of LEIN.
The Woods & Co announces its representation of Oka-b and Third Oak.
Courtney Daniels Consulting announces its representation of Morphew and Morphew Collection & Paradox.