Lagerfeld Grabs New Talent
Karl Lagerfeld BV, which encompasses the Karl, Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Lagerfeld lines, has appointed two new senior executives, effective immediately.The company on Wednesday named Simona Clemenza its global sales director and Antonella di Pietro its business director for accessories. Both are new posts.
Clemenza is to focus on the global distribution strategy, alongside bringing strategic distribution partners on board and building a commercial team, the company said. Previously, Clemenza was global commercial director for Kenzo. Di Pietro, meanwhile, is to lead a team that is developing footwear, handbag and accessories ranges for the company, which is set to launch for spring 2013. Di Pietro was most recently vice president for accessories and licensing at Kenzo, and prior to that had held the same position at Emilio Pucci.
Both executives, who will be based as the company’s corporate headquarters in Amsterdam, report to Pier Paolo Righi, president of Karl Lagerfeld. “With their excellent skill set and experience, we position Karl Lagerfeld for continuous growth as we develop and expand our brands in world markets,” Righi stated.
TopShop’s Likes to Party
British billionaire Sir Philip Green followed up his blowout 60th-birthday bash in Mexico with a tamer gathering at West Village restaurant The Lion on Tuesday night. The TopShop founder had dinner with his son, Brandon, a few ladies and 1 Oak owner Richie Akiva, who took the group to his Chelsea supperclub The Darby. Green held his 60th bash last month at a Riviera Maya resort where Simon Cowell, Kate Moss, Leo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell and Vladimir Doronin enjoyed a weekend of fun, including performances by Carlos Santana, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars, Robbie Williams , Chris Brown, Enrique Inglesias and Stevie Wonder.
H&M: Head of the Organic Bend
H&M’s 10th global sustainability report touches all the familiar hot-button issues, from organic fibers to workers’ rights. The report reveals that the Swedish fast-fashion retailer is the biggest certified user of certified organic cotton in the world. H&M in 2011 increased its use of organic cotton by more than 20 percent, and the fiber now represents 7.6 percent of H&M’s total cotton use. H&M is increasing its use of Better Cotton, which is grown in a way that reduces stress on the local environments and improves the livelihoods and welfare of farming communities.
In addition, H&M is using more organic hemp, which grows quickly in any soil, uses less water and doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers. As for recycling used apparel, H&M joined with iCollect in 2011 to pilot a project in 17 Swedish stores where consumers’ used garments were recycled. The company plans to roll the project out to all its Swedish stores and will consider extending it to other countries, according to the report.
– Taneisha Jordan
Source: WWD; NY Post