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LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has appointed Serge Brunschwig as the new Chairman and Chief Executive of fashion house Fendi, reports Reuters. Reporting into Toni Belloni, LVMH Group Managing Director, Brunschwig replaces Pietro Beccari, who was named Chairman and CEO of LVMH’s Christian Dior Couture in November last year.

Last year, after Sidney Toledano ended his 20 year long journey heading Christian Dior, Beccari, then CEO of Fendi, stepped into the role vacated by Toledano. Toledano moved into a supervisory role as chief of the LVMH Style Group.

Last month, LVMH reported revenue of 42.6 billion euros (65.4 billion dollars) in 2017, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year, while organic revenue growth was 12 percent. Profit from recurring operations reached 8, 293 million euros (10,257 million dollars) in 2017, an increase of 18 percent, and group share of net profit was 5, 129 million euros (6,339.7 million dollars), representing growth of 29 percent.

Harvey Nichols’ buying director quits

Harvey Nichols’ fashion buying director Anita Barr has resigned from her position. A spokesperson at the company has confirmed the news saying, “Anita Barr left Harvey Nichols on the 31st January to pursue new career opportunities. We are currently recruiting for a replacement which will be announced in due course.”

For the year ending April 1, 2017, the Harvey Nichols Group witnessed a loss of 6.7 million pounds (9.3 million dollars) compared to a profit of 3 million pounds (4.1 million dollars) last year. The company’s turnover remained flat at 194 million pounds (270.9 million dollars) and EBITDA before exceptionals declined to 7.3 million pounds (10.2 million dollars) against 12 million pounds (16.7 million dollars) last year.

Founded in 1831, Harvey Nichols has stores in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and a dedicated beauty store, Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols in Liverpool. Internationally, the company operates stores in Hong Kong, Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait, Istanbul and Ankara.

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Ted Baker’s non-executive director resigns

Ted Baker has announced the resignation of Anita Balchandani as a Non-Executive Director with effect from February 19, 2018, as she has accepted a new full-time role which does not permit her to hold any non-executive positions.

Commenting on the development, David Bernstein CBE, Chairman of Ted Baker, said in a statement: "We are sorry that Anita cannot continue with us due to her other commitments and wish her well in her new role."

The company added that Andrew Jennings has agreed to act as remuneration committee chair while the company searches for a new non-executive director.

Balchandani had joined Ted Baker in September last year while serving as a partner of OC&C Strategy Consultants, a strategy consulting firm. At the time of joining Ted Baker, she was also associated with Majestic Wine Plc, as non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee and as non-executive director with Space NK Apothecary.

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Richard Quinn signs as a Designer at Debenhams

Department store Debenhams has added Central Saint Martin’s graduate Richard Quinn to its Designers at Debenhams portfolio.

Quinn, who has already captured editors and influencers with his vivid designs, will introduce his debut collection for Debenhams in May featuring 12 dresses that will range in price from 69 to 149 pounds.

A second collection will be created for spring/summer 2019, and both will be available online and in selected stores.

Debenhams managing director of fashion and home, Steven Cook said: “We are hugely excited to introduce Richard to the roster of Designers at Debenhams. Collaborating with design talent to create collections with appeal to the high street is a compelling part of Debenhams and we are delighted to recruit Richard’s fresh and unique aesthetic to our offer.”

Quinn added: “Debenhams has a strong heritage in collaborating with designers and creating accessible high street collections.”

Quinn graduated with a Master of Arts in Style in 2016 and whilst creating his own label he has also established a print studio which he also opens up to young designers.

In spring 2016, leading design duo Preen also joined the Designer at Debenhams stable of talent. Following the success of the range a capsule Studio by Preen dresses is added for spring/summer 2018 whilst extending the line to 48 stores in the chain as well as online.

Image: courtesy of Debenhams

Ralph Lauren appoints creative director for women’s polo biz

Michael Rider has been appointed as SVP and Creative Director of the women’s polo business at Ralph Lauren, reports Business of Style. Quoting sources familiar with the development, the report said, Rider will shoulder the responsibility of elevating the mid-priced women’s polo collection.

Rider joins the company from LVMH-owned Céline, where she worked for nine years under Phoebe Philo. Prior to that, she served as a senior designer at Balenciaga for four years under Nicolas Ghesquière . At Ralph Lauren, the report further added that Rider will work alongside John Wrazej, who leads the men’s polo business, while Frederic Dechnik will lead the runway collection and Kevin Carrigan will continue to head the Lauren and Chaps labels, sold through wholesale partnerships.

The company recently also announced several senior appointments to drive expansion of the company’s digital presence globally. Alice Delahunt joined Ralph Lauren from Burberry, in the newly created role of Chief Digital Officer, reporting to Patrice Louvet, Chief Executive Officer, whojoined the company in July 2017 from Procter & Gamble.

Additionally, the company appointed new senior leaders to support its evolution across ecommerce in North America and internationally. Laura Porco was named Senior Vice President, ecommerce for Ralph Lauren North America and Galen Hardy took on the role of Senior Vice President, Club Monaco ecommerce & business operations. The company added, that Valeria Juarez assumed the role of Senior Vice President, ecommerce, international, while Janet Sherlock, Chief Information Officer, joined the company in August from Carter’s, and Cyrus “Cy” Fenton joined her team as Senior Vice President, IT security & infrastructure, Chief Information Security Officer.

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Matt Davies to join N Brown as Chairman in May 2018

N Brown has announced the appointment of Matt Davies as Non-Executive Director and Chairman elect with immediate effect. Davies, the company said, will assume the role of Chairman from May 1, 2018, succeeding Andrew Higginson, who will retire from the board on that date.

Commenting on the development, Higginson, said in a statement: “We are delighted to welcome Matt Davies to N Brown. Matt is a first-class retailer and brings a wealth of experience to the group. He has a proven track record of value creation across retail and online through his roles as CEO of Tesco UK and ROI and as CEO of Halfords and Pets at Home. It has been a privilege to chair the company through the past five years, and I wish the business every success in the coming years.”

Davies, the company added, is currently CEO of Tesco UK and ROI, a role he will leave at the end of April 2018 having been appointed in May 2015. Prior to Tesco, he was CEO of Halfords from 2012 to 2015 and finance director from 2001 – 2004 and CEO of Pets at Home from 2004 – 2012.

“I am delighted and excited to be taking on this role. I am really looking forward to working with Angela, her team and my fellow Non-Executive Directors to further develop and grow the N Brown business,” added Davies.

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Anna Attemark to join H&M as Director of the New Business division

Swedish fast-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) has roped in Anna Attemark to head the New Business division, reports Style Network. The move comes after the company announced on the Capital Markets Day that sales from the New Business division, that includes COS, Weekday, Cheap Monday, Monki, H&M Home, & Other Stories, Arket and new labels Nyden and Afound, are expected to continue to increase by at least 25 percent per year, thus reaching over 50 billion Swedish krona (6.2 billion dollars) in 2022

Attemark, expected to join the business as Director of the New Business division in August this year, currently serves as the CEO of Swedish ready-to-wear label Odd Molly. The report added that Attemark would takes over the position from Madeleine Peon, who would now be completely focussing on the H&M brand with Fredrik Olsson.

This is not the first time Attemark would be a part of the H&M group. She was earlier associated with the company for almost 17 years, starting as purchasing controller and later becoming the development director of the purchasing department. She then joined Odd Molly in 2011.

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John Lewis appoints Michael Herlihy as Partnership Secretary

The John Lewis Partnership has announced the appointment of Michael Herlihy as Partnership Secretary who the company said, joins the business on April 16, 2018. This, the company added, follows the departure of Keith Hubber, who left in January after three years at the Partnership.

Commenting on Herlihy’s appointment, Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said in a media release: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Herlihy as Partnership Secretary. This new title reflects the responsibilities Michael will take on for the duties previously carried out by Keith Hubber in the role of general counsel, leading both the legal directorate and company secretariat.”

Joining the company from Smiths Group where Herlihy was General Counsel for 10 years, he has previously spent twenty six years in a variety of roles at Imperial Chemical Industries PLC including group taxation controller, general counsel and executive vice president, mergers & acquisitions. He has also held a variety of non-executive roles including that of senior independent director and formerly chair of the remuneration committee) at Imperial Brands plc.

“I am excited to be joining the Partnership. Having admired its brands and values for many years, it is a privilege to be invited to build on the good work already done by Keith Hubber and his team and to support the chairman, partnership board and executive team in the next phase of the Partnership's development,” added Herlihy.

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Courrèges names Yolanda Zobel its new Creative Director

After appointing Christine Ahlers as the company’s new CEO, Courrèges has roped in Yolanda Zobel as the new Creative Director, reports Style Network. Known as women's ready-to-wear specialist, Zobel will join the business on February 26, 2018 and her first spring/summer 2019 collection for the label will be showcased in Paris next September.

Starting her career with Giorgio Armani in 1999, Zobel later worked on the womenswear range at Chloé, Jil Sander and Acne Studios. She worked with Christina Ahlers at Acne Studios, who was appointed CEO of Courrèges in January this year.

The report added that the company that was founded in 1961 by André and Coqueline Courrèges is exploring possibility of a sale either to Keringor Artémis or the Pinault family holding. Artémis holds a minority stake in the company. The company has been on the look out for a new creative director after the design duo Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant left the company last year.

Courrèges was acquired by media businessmen Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting in 2011. Artémis, the holding company of the Pinault family, owners of the Kering group now holds 40 percent stake in the company along with Kering, which has a minority stake in Courrèges since 2015.

At the time of Ahler’s appointment, the report quoting a statement, released by Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting, had said that Ahlers will announce the new creative leadership "in the coming weeks".

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Myer CEO and MD Richard Umbers steps down

Myer Holdings Limited has announced that chief executive officer and managing director, Richard Umbers, has stepped down from his role. The company added that Chairman Garry Hounsell, has been appointed as Executive Chairman with immediate effect, while a search commences for a new chief executive officer and managing director.

Commenting on the development, Hounsell said in a statement: “We are impatient for a turnaround in the company’s performance and the board has determined that it is in the interests of all shareholders for there to be a fresh approach to drive our future direction. At the time of my appointment as Chairman in November 2017, I said I was impatient and this announcement reflects my desire to drive, first-hand, the urgency required to deliver shareholder value.”

“On behalf of the board, I thank Richard for his hard work and commitment during the past three years and wish him well for the future,” Hounsell added.

Last week, after issuing a series of profit warnings, the company said that it does not anticipate any improvement in retail trading conditions during the second half and given the recent sales volatility, cannot provide a specific profit range for the full year 2018 NPAT.

Picture:Myer website