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Pascale Gatzen named head of fashion design in masters at ArtEZ

With effect from September 1, 2017, Pascale Gatzen has been appointed the new head of the fashion design master’s programme at ArtEZ University of arts.

A media statement from the university said that among the challenges facing Gatzen, an alumnus of the fashion department, is developing a completely new curriculum/programme for the master’s and her own ongoing quest to formulate a different perspective on fashion based on human values such as community, well-being, play and joy will to a large extent determine the direction of the master’s.

Gatzen’s vision for the course would be based on a holistic approach to fashion and clothing, the future participants in the fashion design master’s will continue the quest into forms, systems and interactions which are the result of a heightened awareness about and that contribute to human and ecological well-being.

In the '90s, Gatzen was part of a group of Arnhem fashion designers known as Le Cri Néerlandais - they were the first Dutch designers to present their work in Paris. Viktor&Rolf, Lucas Ossendrijver and Saskia van Drimmelen are other famous designers who were part of Le Cri Néerlandais. As part of her quest for the relevance of fashion, she has also developed an alternative fashion programme at the Parsons School of Design in New York with an emphasis was on acting and making, and on fashion as an expression of our human togetherness.

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Claudia Beermann named Chairwoman of the Wolford board

Following the 30th annual general meeting of Wolford AG held in Bregenz on September 14, 2017, the supervisory board reorganized the top board positions. The company said in a statement that Claudia Beermann, who had served as deputy chairwoman of the supervisory board since September 18, 2014, was elected to serve as Chairwoman of the supervisory board of Wolford AG. She assumed this position from Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler, who resigned from the supervisory board after three years as its chairwoman.

Thomas Tschol, who was elected to the supervisory board for the first time at the annual general meeting has been named new Deputy Chairman of the supervisory board. Thomas Tschol is the Managing Director of Management Factory in Vienna.

The company added that the supervisory board of Wolford AG now consists of the Claudia Beermann, Chairwoman, appointed up to the end of the 31st annual general meeting, Thomas Tschol, Deputy Chairman, appointed up to the end of the 35th annual general meeting, Lothar Reiff, Member, appointed up to the end of the 31st annual general meeting, Birgit Wilhelm, Member, appointed up to the end of the 35th annual general meeting, along with Anton Mathis and Christian Medwed as representatives of the staff council.

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Cherokee appoints John McClain to its board of directors

Cherokee Global Brands has appointed John T. McClain to the company’s board of directors. The company said, McClain will serve as an independent director of the company and Chair the board’s audit committee effective immediately.

“John is the perfect addition to our board,” said Henry Stupp, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Global Brands in a press release, adding, “Having served in various C-level and senior-advisory roles across a number of publicly traded and apparel enterprises, John brings extensive financial and industry acumen. We look forward to working closely with John and with the rest of the board, to scale our brands, enhance productivity and grow profitably.”

McClain named independent director to Cherokee board

McClain currently serves on two publicly-traded board of directors including Lands’ End, and Seritage Growth Properties, and is a former board member of Nine West Holdings. McClain is former chief financial officer of Linblad Expeditions Holdings, from 2015 to 2016, and The Jones Group, formerly Jones Apparel Group, from 2007 to 2014. Prior to Jones, he served as chief accounting officer at Avis Budget Group.

“On behalf of Cherokee’s board of directors, I am pleased to welcome John McClain to our board. John will join our audit committee as chairperson and we look forward to leveraging his insights and strong financial skills as we continue to strengthen our financial discipline. As always, our mission is to increase long-term value for our shareholders,” added Robert Galvin, Chairman of Cherokee Global Brands board of directors.

“I’m delighted to join Cherokee Global Brands board of directors. The Cherokee team has a compelling vision for the future of their brand portfolio and I look forward to helping guide that strategic direction at the board level while contributing my learnings as a CFO and from serving on other boards,” saidMcClain.

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Charles Vögele announces departure of CEO Markus Voegeli

Charles Vögele Group has announced that the company’s CEO Markus Voegeli will leave the company at the end of November 2017. From mid October, Voegeli will be jointly succeeded by Jürg Bieri, the current CFO of the Charles Vögele Group, and Francesco Sama, general manager of OVS Brand since 2011.

“With the takeover last December by Sempione Retail AG, he secured a sustainable future for the company and a large number of jobs,” Stefano Beraldo, Chairman of the Board of Charles Vögele Holding AG said in the media release.

Markus Voegeli resigns from the CEO’s role

Voegeli has been associated with the company since September 2009 and has been its CEO since 2012. The company said in a statement that Voegeli has made a decisive contribution to the restructuring of the Charles Vögele company.

“We would like to thank Markus Voegeli for his support and tireless efforts in terms of strategic cooperation with OVS. Over the last few months, he has substantially supported the transformation of Charles Vögele from a vertically integrated textile company to a sales organisation with the OVS collection. The board of directors and the management team regret his decision and wish him all the best in the future, both professionally and personally,” Beraldo added.

Bieri and Sama to jointly succeed Markus Voegeli

As CEO Corporate Functions and CV Brand, Jürg Bieri will take over the responsibility for the resources and performance management of the group as well as the branches in Germany, Austria and Hungary operating under the Charles Vögele brand. Jürg Bieri works since 18 years for Charles Vögele – since February this year in the role of CFO.

As the CEO of the OVS Brand, Francesco Sama has full operational responsibility for the growing business under the OVS brand name. He already actively supports the go-to-market strategy of OVS in Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria and works since many years for OVS S.p.A.

“In Jürg Bieri and Francesco Sama we have two experienced leaders heading up the company. Both are very familiar with the company and the OVS brand. This will ensure continuity and expertise for the company,” said Stefano Beraldo, commenting on Bieri and Sama’s appointment as the company’s new joint-CEOs.

Shoe Carnival elects Charles Tomm to its board of directors

Shoe Carnival’s board of directors has elected Charles Tomm, a Principal at Heritage Capital Group, as a director effective September 12, 2017. With this addition, Shoe Carnival’s board now has eight directors. In addition, the company’s board also approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of 0.075 dollar per share to be paid on October 16, 2017.

Commenting on Tomm’s appointment, Cliff Sifford, the company’s President and Chief Executive said in a media statement: “We are pleased to welcome Charlie to our Board of Directors. We look forward to leveraging the diverse experiences and perspectives that he will bring to the board of Shoe Carnival.”

Tomm, was earlier president and CEO of Brumos Automotive from January 2009 through March 2016. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of the Coggin-Courtesy subsidiary of Asbury Automotive Group. During his tenure with Coggin from 1994 to 2008, he served in several executive positions and managed the mergers of Coggin Automotive with Asbury Automotive Group in 1998 and with Courtesy Automotive Group in 2003.

His prior business experience was in investment banking, oil field services, trucking, and the private practice of law with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).

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Marcato proposes 10 director nominations to Deckers Brands

Deckers Brands has announced that affiliates of Marcato Capital Management have nominated 10 director candidates to stand for election to the board of directors at Deckers’ 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, scheduled to be held on December 14, 2017.

The company said, its board will carefully review and consider Marcato’s candidates as it would any other potential directors to assess their ability to add value on the board for the benefit of all stockholders. The company currently has an independent board, with three new directors who have joined since 2014. The board believes that it has an appropriate mix of skills, experience and leadership to drive performance and provide effective oversight, however it will give full and fair consideration to the nominees proposed by Marcato.

As previously announced, Deckers said, it is executing on a focused strategy to drive improvements in the business through streamlining its cost structure. Deckers continues with its 100 million dollars operating profit improvement plan: in fiscal year 2018, Deckers expects to achieve net savings in excess of 30 million dollars, and is targeting a similar cadence of savings each year through fiscal year 2020. To achieve this, Deckers is taking a number of actions to improve its gross profit margins, as well as its corporate overhead expense structure.

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Missguided ropes in Gareth Jones as Chief Executive of online

Missguided has hired former deputi chief-executive of Shop Direct Gareth Jones to lead its online division, reports Drapers.

The report further adds that Jones is expected to join as the Chief Executive of online at Missguided next week. Based at the company’s headquarters in Manchester, Jones will report to Missguided’s founder Nitin Passi, who will then take over the position of Group Chief Executive.

Jones had quit his role at Shop Direct last year, after serving the company for almost seven years. He joined Shop Direct as brand director in 2009 and was elevated as deputy chief executive in 2014.

In May, Missguided reported a 75 percent increase in revenues for the 12 months to March 2017 to 206 million pounds (271 million dollars), while its international sales, witnessed a jump of almost 130 percent, accounting for over 40 percent of the company’s total turnover.

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UPDATE London - Marks & Spencers has confirmed the start date of its first Managing Director for Clothing, Home & Beauty. Jill McDonald, former head at Halfords, is set to begin her new role at M&S on October 2, 2017.

McDonald, whose appointment at Marks & Spencer was announced in May, is set to take over all duties and responsibilities for clothing, home and beauty from CEO Steve Rowe. In addition, McDonald is also set to take on all accountabilities for M&S clothing, home and beauty supply chain and logistics.

The announcement comes as M&S continues to invest in its struggling clothing arm. Marks & Spencer revealed a 1.2 percent dip in clothing and home like for like sales for the 13 weeks to July 1, 2017, but CEO Rowe stated that this sector would return to growth by the end of the financial year.

Sequential names Carolyn D'Angelo President of home

Sequential Brands Group has appointed Carolyn D'Angelo as President of home reporting, directly to CEO Karen Murray. The company said, D'Angelo will oversee the company's brands in its home division, which include Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, and Linens N' Things.

"Carolyn has an established track record of building some of the best brands in home. She is smart, strategic, and brings with her a depth of knowledge and experience in the licensing business. She is a huge asset to our company and I'm thrilled to have her as part of our executive team," said Karen Murray, CEO of Sequential Brands Group in a media release.

Carolyn D'Angelo joins as President of home at Sequential

Before joining Sequential, the company added, D'Angelo spent 10 years at Iconix Brand Group, where she joined to start the home division of the brand management company. She eventually took on more responsibility and became executive vice president of brand management for the women's and home divisions, overseeing sixteen brands in the portfolio. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of Ralph Lauren home and corporate marketing at Westpoint Home, where she managed the team responsible for the successful Ralph Lauren bed and bath business.

D'Angelo has also served as senior vice president of marketing and licensing at Waverly Lifestyle Group and was credited with creating the first licensed program using the archives of Waverly's design library.

"When I think about the most iconic home brand in the marketplace, Martha Stewart immediately comes to mind. With my experience and relationships in the space, I want to unlock the many growth opportunities that exist for the brand," added D'Angelo to the statement.

Early in D'Angelo's career, she served as VP, general manager of the Disney division at Springs Industries, where she led a team that grew the bed and bath licensing business for many of Disney's film and character properties. She has a BBA and MBA from Pace University and is currently adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a member of its Home Products Advisory Board.

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Prabal Gurung named creative director at Tasaki

Japanese jeweller Tasaki has named New York-based fashion designer Prabal Gurung as the brand’s new creative director.

The luxury jeweller tapped Gurung to “play a leading role” in the development of a new line called Tasaki Atelier, which was unveiled during the designer’s spring/summer 2018 show over the weekend at New York Fashion Week and featured elaborate earrings.

“To see this partnership come to life has been incredible,” said Gurung. “Tasaki sources, develops and designs with couture ideals - utilising sustainable, fair and ethical practices and offers the highest quality pearls, diamonds and gemstones.”

Gurung added: “We are thrilled to continue telling our brand story by celebrating women of beauty and substance, and luxury with soul, through this partnership.”

The Tasaki Atelier line by Prabal Gurung will be available at the Tasaki Ginza Flagship Store in Tokyo from February 2018, along with other international locations.

The brand, which in the past has collaborated with other designers including Thakoon Panichgul, stated that it delivers “innovative and sophisticated designs through partnerships” and that it would continue to collaborate with artists from across the globe.

Toshikazu Tajima, Tasaki’s chief executive officer and board director, said: "Prabal Gurung continues to produce elegant and sophisticated designs that embody the glamorous world of luxury.

“I believe that he is the best partner to create new value that symbolises the future of Tasaki. I expect that Prabal will further expand Tasaki's unique world of modern beauty."

Images: Tasaki Atelier line by Prabal Gurung via Tasaki Facebook