London - Burberry has announced the appointment of Jeremy Darroch as Senior Independent Director (SID), effective from July 1, 2017. Darroch will be replacing Philip Bouwman, who has held this role for a number of years.

He has served Burberry as a Non-Executive Director since February 2014 and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Bouwman, who will remain a Director at the request of the Board to provide continuity during Burberry's period of significant change, will step down from the Board October 31, 2017.

"On behalf of the Board I would like to welcome Jeremy to his new role and to thank Philip for his immense contribution to Burberry since the IPO in 2002," said Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Board in a statement. "The Board and I have greatly appreciated Philip's wise counsel and he will be missed by us all."

In his newly appointed role as SID, Darroch is set to lead the process of appointing a successor to Sir John Peace, Chairman of Burberry. He is predicted to announce a successor to Sir Peace by the end of 2018. In addition to Darroch new appointment, Burberry has also appointed luxury retail expert Ron Frasch to the board as Non-Executive Director, and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees, effective from September 1, 2017.

Frasch, who previously served as President and Chief Merchandising Officer, and Vice Chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue Inc, is currently an operating partner at Castanea Partners, a private equity company which is mainly focused on investing in branded consumer products and services. "We are delighted to welcome Ron to the Board," added Sir Peace. "His great understanding of product and broad experience of working with a wide range of luxury brands will be a great asset to Burberry as we continue to focus on delivering long term shareholder value."

Norbert Steinke resigns from Gerry Weber board

Norbert Steinke, member of the managing board of Gerry Weber International and responsible for the group’s retail business as well as the subsidiary Hallhuber, has resigned from his position on the management board with immediate effect for personal reasons.

The company announced that his responsibilities as chief retail officer will be shared by the remaining two board members - Ralf Weber (CEO) and David Frink (CFO) on an interim basis. The company added that the Gerry Weber Group acknowledges Steinke’s cooperation, his support and his successful work particularly with regard to the realignment of the group.

Steinke has been managing director of Munich based fashion company Hallhuber since 2009. Following the takeover of the company by Gerry Weber, the company added that the recognised retail-expert was appointed to the managing board of Gerry Weber International in October 2015. In his position as chief retail officer he was in charge of the retail business, marketing and licensing business as well as all Hallhuber activities.

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C&A Europe appoints Alain Caparros as its new CEO

Cofra Holding has announced the appointment of Alain Caparros to the position of Chief Executive Officer for its C&A Europe retail business, effective August 1, 2017. In this role Caparros succeeds Philippe Brenninkmeijer.

Commenting on Caparros’s appointment, Martijn Brenninkmeijer, CEO of Cofra Holding, said in a media statement, “We believe that in Alain Caparros, C&A will have the right leader to ensure that the transformation of C&A Europe, which is showing early signs of success, accelerates further and is implemented and optimised in order to build a stronger business for the future.”

Alain Caparros joins as CEO of C&A Europe

Alain Caparros joins C&A Europe from REWE-Group, a European food retailer and tourism operator, where he has been a member of the executive board since 2004 and CEO since 2006. The company said, under his leadership, REWE has transformed its business and operations significantly and the company has become one of the most profitable players in its space through a relentless focus on building an omni-channel offering for its customers, driving the equity of its brands and establishing a strong and streamlined operational platform.

The company added that C&A Europe’s transformation programme aims to fundamentally change how the brand adds value for its customers while maintaining its deep commitment to sustainability. Through a combination of substantial investment in marketing, on-line, store improvements and operational optimisations, C&A aims to further strengthen its market position in Europe to ensure a successful future for the brand.

Caparros began his career in 1981 at the cosmetics firm Yves Rocher, holding various positions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 1994, he moved to the European discount store market leader Aldi, where he became the general director for Aldi France. In 2002, he became the CEO of Bon Appetit Group, the Swiss market leader in food service, whose majority share was acquired by REWE-Group in mid 2003. Caparros served as a CEO of REWE-Group since December 2006.

“Largely based on inspiring discussions I had with Martijn Brenninkmeijer and other members of the Brenninkmeijer family, I decided to change my plans for the time after REWE. Having spent the past decade in food retailing and tourism, I am very aware of the amount of change needed and the dedication that is required to be successful. I look forward to be working on the transformation of the business together with its management team and all the C&A employees,” added Caparros.


Tiger of Sweden appoints Hans-Christian Meyer as CEO

London - Tiger of Sweden has appointed Hans-Christian Meyer as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from September 1, 2017. The appointment comes as the Scandinavian tailoring brand continues to expand its presence across the globe and strengthen its position in the international fashion market.

In his new role, Meyer is set to report directly to the company's Board of Directors at Tiger of Sweden's parent company, IC Group. Meyer has been tasked with the further expansion of Tiger of Sweden globally. "I am thrilled to join Tiger of Sweden and the team, in my second home city Stockholm, as I believe the company has an enormous potential to continue expanding in the marketplace by strengthening its appeal to more consumers globally," said Meyer on his new appointment in a statement.

Hans-Christian Meyer named Tiger of Sweden new CEO

He brings with him over 25 years of experience working within the fashion industry, during which he held a number of senior positions. Meyer most recently spent 11 years at Ralph Lauren, where he served as President Retail, EMEA and was part of their Global Senior Management team. Prior to his current role at Ralph Lauren, which he took on back in July 2015, Meyer served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Scandinavia, and Baltics working across multiple distribution channels inclusive of wholesale and directly-operated retail.

"Hans-Christian Meyer brings a fresh perspective and incredible depth of brand experience to Tiger of Sweden," commented Peter Thorsen Deputy Chairman of Tiger of Sweden. "I appreciate Hans-Christian's unique sensibility, his honesty, and his authenticity. He is an exceptionally strong leader with the passion and energy we need. This, combined with his collaborative working style and his intense focus on results, will put us in a stronger position and lead our Company into the future."

His appointment as CEO comes shortly after the appointment of Christoffer Lundman as the new head of Creative and Design. Together Meyer and the Management team will work to further develop and build the brand as a global player in fashion.

Photo: Hans-Christian Meyer, courtesy of Tiger of Sweden

Carla Fendi, who along with four sisters helped build her parents' leather and fur goods shop in Rome into a global fashion powerhouse, has died aged 80, Italian press reports said Tuesday. Her death Monday was reported by members of her family, according to the reports.

It was Carla and her sisters -- Paola, Anna, Franca and Alda -- who in 1965 brought in Karl Lagerfeld, then a young German designer, to create a women's ready-to-wear-line.

Honorary president of the Fendi group, now a part of the LVMH fashion conglomerate, Carla Fendi focused mainly on public relations and fostering the label's international growth.

An enthusiastic fan of art and music, Carla Fendi created in 2007 a foundation for supporting Italy's cultural heritage, and was one of the main benefactors of the Festival dei Due Mondi ("Festival of Two Worlds"), an annual classical music festival in Spoleto, central Italy. (AFP)

Stitch Fix, the online personal styling service, has hired Paul Yee as its new chief financial officer, where he will be responsible for all financial initiatives for the company, including financial planning, accounting, tax, treasury and real estate.

Yee was most recently the global chief financial officer at People Against Dirty, the parent company of the household product brand Method and Ecover, where he led teams in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and oversaw finance, accounting, treasury, IT and legal. Prior to that he also worked at Gap and Old Navy.

"Paul's deep financial experience with strong consumer brands will be invaluable as we continue to personalise the shopping experience for men and women," said Katrina Lake, founder and chief executive of Stitch Fix. "His passion for art and science aligns with our brand philosophy, and his leadership will be a tremendous addition to Stitch Fix's executive team and our growth as a company.”

He is filling a role that has been vacant since former chief financial officer Michelle Weaver left the company last year.

Commenting on his appointment, Yee said: "Stitch Fix's unique blend of data science and the human touch is changing the way consumers find apparel and accessories they love.

"I'm inspired by Stitch Fix's vibrant company culture and creative approach to retail, and I'm proud to be joining this team on its journey to reinvent shopping for millions of men and women.”

Stitch Fix founded in 2011 by Lake offers apparel and accessories ranging from 20 - 400 dollars, and include brands such as Ella Moss, Joie, Splendid, Trina Turk, Penguin and Scotch and Soda.

Belinda Earl and Alison Lowe named in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Marks and Spencer’s style director Belinda Earl is among the fashion names in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, alongside fashion agency founder Alison Lowe, model Erin O’Connor, and designer Sir Terence Conran.

The honours list mark’s the Queen’s official birthday and saw Earl awarded an OBE for her services to retail. Earl is one of the retail industries most high profile women, she was chief executive at Jaeger as well as at Debenhams, and joined Marks and Spencer in 2012 as its style director.

There was also recognition for Alison Lowe director and founder of fashion agency Felicities, which has built a reputation as supporting emerging designers, who was awarded an MBE for her services to the fashion industry.

Commenting on her MBE, Lowe said: “I am humbled that I should be considered for such an award. I have always been passionate about supporting emerging fashion designers and I have been lucky to work with so many talented young people.

“I could not have achieved this honour without the support of my daughters, family, friends and the hard work of numerous colleagues over many years.”

As well as running Felicities, Lowe also teaches on several business courses at London College of Fashion, developing courses for the college up to and including MSc level, as well as being a consultant and industry expert for international online training provider Mastered and is a regular guest speaker at international fashion weeks, conferences, events and universities.

Fashion and retail names honoured by the Queen

There were also MBE honours for model Erin O’Connor for services to fashion and charity and Adetola Kunle-Hassan, founder of Nubian Skin, the lingerie and hosiery brand for women of colour, for services to fashion.

Designer Sir Terence Conran, best known for designing a shop interior for Mary Quant and founding his own home furnishing store Conran, was named a member of the Order of Companions of Honour for his services to design.

While Frank Lowy, chairman of Westfield Corporation, was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to business and philanthropy, through his “contribution to the UK economy through the company he founded, Westfield, and its major investments in the UK”.

There was also a CBE for Nora Senior, former president of the British Chambers of Commerce and former chair of the Scottish Chambers for her services to the Scottish and UK Business Community.

This year’s list makes the centenary year of the Queen’s birthday honours and has been hailed as one of the most diverse yet, with half of the 1,109 names listed being women, while 10 percent come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, the greatest ever number of recipients in an Honours list, and 6.5 percent of the recipients consider themselves to have a disability.

Other well-known names in the list include author J.K. Rowling and singers Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé, musician Sir Paul McCartney, actress Julie Walters, and tennis coach Judy Murray.

Image: Alison Lowe via Felicities Facebook

Dolce & Gabbana tap Fabrizio Cardinali as COO

London - Dolce & Gabbana have tapped Fabrizio Cardinali as its new Chief Operation Officer. The move sees Cardinali returning to the luxury label after a number of years.

The former CEO of Alfred Dunhill has also been named a member of the board at Dolce & Gabbana according to Business of Fashion. Cardinali previously joined the team at Alfred Dunhill in 2013. However, in January 2017, he was replaced by Andrew Maag.

During his 4 year tenure at Alfred Dunhill, he was credited with expanding the luxury goods men’s specialist product range and focusing on growing the brand’s retail presence, which included the opening of its flagship store in Mayfair, London.

Prior to joining the team at Alfred Dunhill, Cardinali worked at the Richemont held label Lancel. Before, he worked for Dolce & Gabbana, first as global director and then later on as sales and marketing director.

Photo: Dolce & Gabbana Facebook

Rimowa is growing its executive team with a new chief brand officer. The high-end lifestyle and luggage line has appointed Hector Muelas in the new position effective as of this week.

As Rimowa is known for its premium luggage and lifestyle merchandise, Muelas will take over the visual components as well as public relations and media and brand partnerships. He will supervise a department that will infuse both the marketing and public relations teams, according to WWD. With past experience as creative director, editor-in-chief, and partner at Vice, Muelas brings a variety of executive and branding experience to Rimowa.

The German-based company was acquired by LVMH in October 2016 for 716 million dollars according to the Fashion Network. By adding Muelas, the company will be putting him in charge of global marketing and communications, advertising, and overall branding. He will report to Alexandre Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH.

Brioni ropes in Nina-Maria Nitsche as the new Creative Director

Kering and Brioni have announced the appointment of Nina-Maria Nitsche as the new Creative Director of Brioni, effective June 15, 2017. The company said in a statement that Nitsche will have creative responsibility of the House’s collections and image.

“I am very pleased to welcome Nina-Maria Nitsche to the House of Brioni. Ever since I met her in 1996, I have been impressed by her creative approach, starting from a clearly defined concept and then transforming that into products that accurately resonate with the customer,” said Brioni CEO Fabrizio Malverdi in the statement.

Nina-Maria Nitsche named Creative Director of Brioni

Prior to Brioni, Nitsche was associated with Maison Martin Margiela since 1989 and for the 23 years, she worked closely with the designer on the creative vision of the house. After the designer’s resignation, in 2009, Nina-Maria Nitsche took over the creative direction of the design house.

Brioni added in the statement that Nitsche’s long experience and global creative perspective will enable her to reinforce the clarity of Brioni’s identity, emphasise its sartorial values and reinstate its pioneering heritage.

“I am honored to collaborate with the House of Brioni. Thanks to its long sartorial history, Brioni has the potential to redefine its position as a unique luxury brand. The House’s philosophy is based on a pioneering approach to menswear. My aim is to reinforce and invigorate this longstanding tradition,” said Nitsche, commenting on her new responsibility at Brioni.

Chairman and CEO of Kering, François-Henri Pinault, further added to the media release that Nina-Maria has a very accurate understanding of the Brioni man and she will bring a comprehensive and articulate creative vision to the House.

Picture:Brioni website