Diamond Producers Association Appoints Managing Director for North America

The Diamond Producers Association, or DPA, has appointed Kristina Buckley Kayel as its North American managing director.
Buckley Kayel previously served as vice president of communications, North America for Van Cleef & Arpels. She has also held marketing and public relations roles at Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo and Baccarat.
Beginning her new role on Feb. 4, Buckley Kayel will be responsible for creating new marketing strategies that further the organization’s “Real is Rare” motto.
“Kristina’s experience in the fine jewelry sector, along with her comprehensive communications expertise, business acumen and creativity, gives her a unique industry perspective. We are excited to have her join the Diamond Producers Association and work with us to strengthen and build upon our mission in the United States,” DPA chief executive officer Jean-Marc Lieberherr said of the hire.
The DPA was founded in 2015 by seven of the world’s biggest diamond-mining organizations as an industry-saving measure. Lab-grown diamonds are on the rise and Millennials have proven averse to the diamond tradition — weary of their conflict-riddled past and high price tag. Thus, the mining companies sprung to action, looking to reingratiate themselves with younger generations.
The DPA’s ‘Real is Rare’ campaign was launched in 2016 with the goal to teach Millennials

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Jack Rogers Appoints Forstmann as CEO

Jack Rogers has appointed Lydia Forstmann as chief executive officer.
Forstmann arrives at the shoe brand from Rag & Bone, where she served as chief commercial officer.
Former Jack Rogers ceo Clare Schultheis will step down this summer after 5 years at the helm. The company noted in a statement that Schultheis decided to leave in order to spend more time with her family.
Prior to Rag & Bone, Forstmann spent time at Swarovski, Coach and Tory Burch.
Jack Rogers chairman Bill Smith said in a statement: “We are very excited to have Lydia Forstmann join Jack Rogers as our new ceo. She has a successful track record managing global fashion companies with strong accessories backgrounds. We look forward to her guidance in contributing to the continued success of the company.”
Smith added of Schultheis’ success: “During her tenure, Schultheis doubled company sales and grew profitability with major growth coming from both the e-commerce and wholesale channels. Forstmann will prioritize expanding the current business and also unlocking new opportunities to solidify the brand’s reputation as a mainstay in the fashion footwear and accessories space.”

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Salvatore Ferragamo Appoints Paul Andrew Creative Director, Women’s Collections

MILAN — The trifecta format didn’t work.
On Thursday, Salvatore Ferragamo revealed that Paul Andrew, who had joined the company as women’s footwear director in September last year, will now be in charge of the women’s wear ready-to-wear line as well. His first collection for the brand in this new role will bow for fall 2018. Andrew will oversee the development of all women’s product categories, as well as the creative contents of all marketing, communication and image activities.
The appointment was made public after trading hours in Milan, where the Florence-based company is listed. Shares closed down 1.51 percent to 22.79 euros.
In November 2016, Fulvio Rigoni was appointed women’s ready-to-wear design director and Guillaume Meilland as men’s rtw design director. Rigoni debuted his looks on the catwalk in September 2016, but his efforts have received a mixed response, while Andrew’s footwear collections have generally been praised.
“Paul has a dynamic vision for the Ferragamo woman, which he has demonstrated with crystal precision and success in footwear over the past year,” said chief executive officer Eraldo Poletto. “He has a sensitivity for the essential codes and values of the Ferragamo house, and is able to recast and reassert them with an exciting, modern energy. I

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Teva Appoints New Chief Executive After Months of Speculation

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries named Kare Schultz as its new chief executive, ending months of speculation over who will lead the Israeli drug company.
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Marcolin Appoints Rettore as CEO for North America

The Marcolin Group has appointed Davide Rettore chief executive officer for North America.
Rettore returns to Marcolin after a three-year hiatus spent at Kering. Most recently, he served as global brand director for Kering Eyewear.
The executive previously worked as brand manager for Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli eyewear, a licensee of Marcolin. He also spent two years as Marcolin’s group brand manager.
In a statement about Rettore’s rehiring, Marcolin pointed out that North America is a key market for its business, “representing 45 percent of global sales.”
Marcolin’s U.S. business has been without a ceo since January, when Fabrizio Gamberini departed for unknown reasons. Gamberini had held the position since 2008.
Giovanni Zoppas, ceo of Marcolin Group, said, “We all welcome back Davide to Marcolin Group. I know he will be a great value added to an already strong team.”
Massimo Renon, Marcolin’s worldwide commercial general manager, added, “We are excited to welcome Davide to our U.S. executive team. His experience and unique profile will complement and enhance Marcolin Group’s ability to meet the needs of our customers.”

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British Vogue appoints first ever male editor

For the first time in its 101-year history, British Vogue will have a man at the helm.
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Mackintosh Appoints Kiko Kostadinov Creative Director of Mackintosh 0001

LONDON — Mackintosh, the Scotland-based heritage label known for its raincoats and performance fabrics, has announced the launch of a new designer line dubbed Mackintosh 0001 and the appointment of London-based up-and-comer Kiko Kostadinov, as its creative director.
Kostadinov, a Central Saint Martins graduate, launched his label at the beginning of 2016 and garnered buzz for his antidecorative, utilitarian approach.
Andrea Austoni, global commercial director at Mackintosh, said the company was drawn to Kostadinov’s aesthetic and innovative methods of constructing garments, which involve countless fittings in his North London studio to achieve functional yet interesting silhouettes.
“Kiko has the ability to merge his own modern vision with the luxury traditions of Mackintosh. We were first drawn to his work because of his innovative pattern cutting and intricate garment construction and look forward to the new contemporary direction he will bring to our brand,” Austoni said.
Kostadinov is looking forward to exploring the brand’s heritage while adding contemporary touches and new categories to the label. He also aims to push its reputation beyond the classic raincoat.

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“I would like to push Mackintosh’s qualities into more modern areas of fashion and clothing. I don’t want people to see it only as a brand for luxurious

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Richard Ginori Appoints Giovanni Giunchedi CEO

Richard Ginori has appointed Giovanni Giunchedi chief executive officer. He reports to Jean-Francois Palus, Kering Group managing director, and succeeds Karlheinz Hofer, who joined the company last April.
According to a Kering spokesperson, Giunchedi has the goal to develop and strengthen the image of the historic luxury tableware and ceramics label acquired by Gucci in 2013 and then passed under the control of parent company Kering.
Giunchedi, who joined Kering in 2012 as Bottega Veneta sustainability director, was ceo of Sergio Rossi from January 2015 until the acquisition of the footwear brand by Investindustrial last December.

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Dior Homme Appoints Serge Brunschwig as President

PARIS — Signaling the importance of its men’s wear business, the Dior fashion house is reinforcing management and has named its second-in-command, Serge Brunschwig, president of Dior Homme, WWD has learned.
A key deputy of Christian Dior Couture president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano since 2008, Brunschwig adds the new title effective Sept. 1, and is to continue in his current role as chief operating officer.
His new responsibilities include “the further development of Dior Homme in ready-to-wear and accessories,” according to the company.
Fabrizio Malverdi, who has piloted the men’s division since 2011 through a strong growth phase and driven the product range further upscale, is to report to Brunschwig, according to Dior Homme.
An affable, yet methodical executive much in the mold of Toledano, Brunschwig has long been making a mark on Dior’s men’s business as he helps oversee its retail network, with new units typically combining the complete women’s and men’s product universes.
The management addition comes as Kris Van Assche, Dior Homme’s creative director since 2007, recently shuttered his 10-year-old signature label, allowing him to focus full-time on Dior Homme.
Before joining Dior, Brunschwig was ceo of Céline, part of the luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton controlled by Bernard Arnault, who

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