Designer News. Pucci Names Drouet General Manager, Says Goodbye to Vautrin. Second City Style Fashion Blog

March 30, 2007 • Fashion

And so the axe falls again. They say Friday is the best day to hand out the proverbial pastel slips and today is no exception. LVMH has named Didier Drouet the new General Manager at Pucci, which means 6-yr veteran Catherine Vautrin is packing her brightly colored bags for her next adventure.
Drouet Replaces Vautrin at Pucci
Godfrey Deeny
LVMH, the giant French luxury conglomerate that controls Pucci, has announced the appointment Thursday of Didier Drouet as the new General Manager of the famed Florentine brand.
Drouet, an experienced luxury executive, replaces Catherine Vautrin, though not with the same title, since Vautrin was Chairman and CEO.
The Pucci boss is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the leading Paris business school HEC who started his career at L’Oréal in 1984. He joined Cartier in 1992 and became Director of Italian retail. In 1998 he moved to Salvatore Ferragamo as Director of European retail, then became Director of international retail, and finally was appointed the Group’s International Director, based in Florence, Italy. In 2003, Drouet joined Alliance Designers where he was General Manager of Stéphane Kelian, and then in 2005, became General Manager of Poiray.
Vautrin had been in charge of Pucci for six years, during which time she guided the relaunch and international expansion of the brand and shuffled creative directors several times. Her most recent appointment was Matthew Williamson, who has designed Pucci for the past three seasons, after succeeding Christian Lacroix.
LVMH said Vautrin “is leaving to pursue other interests,” corporate speak for saying she was relieved of her position.
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–Joanne Molina for Second City Style

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