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The British apparel brand, Jack Wills has named Claire Waugh their new Chief Marketing Officer amid a “very exciting year” for the brand, said founder Peter Williams in an interview with Retail Gazette.

Claire Waugh, who was previously global marketing director for menswear, leather and soft categories at Burberry will commence the newly created role in September.

“I absolutely believe that Claire has the vision, talent and drive to help market the brand around the globe effectively to our many different customers and in a way which fits the very unique brand DNA of Jack Wills,” Williams continued.

With plans to recruit more senior management later this year, the brand is looking to further revive the Jack Wills name. “The calibre of talent which we are attracting at Jack Wills is evidence of the revival of the brand over the past two years and the pace of momentum across the business,” Williams concluded.

Jack Wills are now back to making profits of 730,000 pounds in the year to January after a reported loss of 13.8 million pounds in 2016.

Carolina Herrera has added two power players to her executive roster. Lisa Arnold is now the company's vice president of retail and Thea Terenik is the new vice president of global merchandising. Both women will be based in the company's New York offices and report to Emilie Rubenfield, president of Carolina Herrera Ltd.

Arnold will be tasked with handling Carolina Herrera's global retail presence, with an emphasis on client services. She has an extensive list of experience in the industry, most recently overseeing Chanel's East Coast retail division, among other stints at brands including Roger Vivier and Ralph Lauren.

Terenik most recently worked at Calvin Klein, where she oversaw merchandising for men's and women's ready-to-wear and Calvin Klein Collection. Prior to that, she worked in merchandising at Alexander Wang and Barneys New York.

In her new role at Carolina Herrera, she will oversee global brand positioning and product strategy for luxury-ready-to-wear and bridal. One of her big goals is to increase distribution.

“We are focused on building a strong and dynamic team to lead this organization and brand to reach its full potential,” Rubinfeld said to WWD. “Lisa and Thea are two incredibly talented executives who possess the creativity and vision to make their mark at Carolina Herrera; additionally, they share a passion and enthusiasm for this very special brand.”

Luxury fashion brand Bottega Veneta has named Meenal Mistry as senior director, global editorial content and copy, effective August 21.

Mistry, who most recently served as fashion director of Off Duty at The Wall Street Journal, will be responsible for all creative content, including social media, editorial, and brand narratives.

Prior to working at The Wall Street Journal, she was a freelance writer and editor after serving as fashion news editor at W Magazine and WWD.

"Meenal possesses a distinct talent for weaving sophisticated editorial content around fashion trends," said Bottega Veneta chief marketing officer Lisa Pomerantz. "Her ability to curate compelling stories, for both men and women, with a unique voice and a discerning eye made her the ideal candidate for the position.”

Bottega Veneta has also recently appointed Kristen Campbell as senior vice president of global marketing. Campbell is tasked with assembling a team that will place a “strong focus” on digital and social media advertising, with the aim of furthering the luxury brand’s ongoing commitment to putting the customer at the centre of all marketing investment.

"With her broad expertise in global marketing and impressive management skills, Kristen is the perfect leader to helm this growing team," added Pomerantz.

Campbell most recently ran KC Consulting, and before starting her own firm, she was vice president of global marketing at Michael Kors, and, previously, Calvin Klein. Campbell reports directly to Pomerantz.

Bottega Veneta is overhauling their communications and marketing teams in an effort to bolster their lagging sales.

Kristen Campbell has joined the company as the senior vice president of global marketing. Campbell is building a team that will focus on digital and social media advertising.

Campbell is a seasoned marketing veteran, and has also served as the vice president of global marketing at Michael Kors.

Things are looking up for Bottega Veneta in terms of sales figures.

The Kering owned brand saw sales rise 1.7 percent in the second quarter, following a 2.3 percent increase in the second quarter.

In addition to Campbell, fashion editor Meenal Mistry, formerly the fashion director for Off Duty at the Wall Street Journal, has been hired as senior director, global editorial and content copy. She will oversee social media, editorial and brand narrative.

Yasmin Sewell joins Farfetch

Farfetch has appointed former Style.com fashion director Yasmin Sewell as vice president of style and creative.

In the newly created role, Sewell will lead the global editorial and creative teams and be responsible for overseeing all content and overall styling direction on the e-commerce platform. She will report to John Veichmanis, chief marketing officer.

The news of the appointment follows Farfetch’s acquisition of Style.com from Condé Nast in June to create a “seamless editorial shopping experience from inspiration to shopping gratification with the publishing house”. Style.com was immediately folded into Farfetch.

Commenting on the appointment, Veichmanis, said: “Millennial customers have really connected with our proposition as the diversity of product on the platform massively appeals to their sense of individuality. Building on our recent content and commerce partnership with Condé Nast, we want to develop new and inventive creative formats that help our customers discover more of the wonderful product available at Farfetch.

“We’re so excited about Yasmin joining the team to lead our style and creative strategy as she shares our passion for innovative digital thinking and product discovery.”

Farfetch appoints Yasmin Sewell vice president of style and creative

Sewell added: "Farfetch is undoubtedly one of the most innovative companies in today’s retail landscape. I’ve known José since the beginning - we are past collaborators, and it is an honour for me to become a full-time part of everything Farfetch is creating now and even more so, all that is to come.

“This role is an exciting evolution for me, finding and fostering new design talent has been a particularly fulfilling part of my career to date, and I’m excited to extend this to the realm of directors, photographers, and creatives of all types.”

Farfetch, the brand and retail platform was founded by José Neves in 2008, it partners with over 700 luxury boutiques in 40 countries and shops to 190 countries worldwide with same day delivery in 10 cities. The retail group also consists of London boutique Browns, Black & White, a white label e-commerce solution for luxury retailers, and Store of The Future, retail solutions meant to connect the online and offline worlds.

Image: courtesy of Farfetch by Cris Fragkou

Nixon names Scott Kerslake as new chief executive

California-based watch and accessories brand Nixon has named Scott Kerslake as its new chief executive officer, effective August 21.

Kerslake, who has over 25 years of experience growing consumer product brands, joins Nixon from prAna where he has been chief executive since 2009. Prior to joining prAna, Kerslake served as president of Miraval and founded Athleta, the women's athletic clothing brand, where he also served as chief executive.

"I am beyond excited to join the Nixon team. The brand has enormous global potential and is well-positioned for the future as a leader in the youth market," said Kerslake. "I have been a fan of the brands' ability to consistently harness the energy and creativity of the team from around the world into a distinct and leading point-of-view via the products they create.”

Andy Laats, Nixon co-founder added: ”It's an honour to be working with Scott. His track record speaks for itself, and it's clear that his team-building leadership style and his strategic focus are some of the things that have contributed to his successes. It'll be fun to see what Nixon can accomplish under his leadership.

Kerslake replaces Nick Stowe who is leaving the role after 4 years. He will be based at Nixon's Encinitas, California-based headquarters.

Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, California, Nixon’s custom-built watches and accessories are sold in more than 90 countries around the world.

Image: courtesy of Nixon

New York boutique and independent lifestyle label Extra Butter has announced the addition of Paul Lee as their new general manager. Lee is a sneaker industry expert with over 10 years of experience in brand management, retail operations and purchasing. Previously, he served as the creative brand director and senior buyer of Jako Enterprise/UBIQ in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

"Paul has been an extremely well-respected figurehead. He has spearheaded some of the most highly sought-after projects and retail executions," said Jeff Staple, head of creative operations, TGS Inc. "Having Paul on the Extra Butter team, now gets us that much closer to our goals of becoming a premier global retail destination."

In his new role as general manager at Extra Butter, Lee will look to drive forth the boundaries of the sneaker industry and create excitement for the culture.

"Paul is a proven leader and has genuine passion for the culture and we are excited to have him on our team at Extra Butter," said Ankur Amin, CEO, TGS Inc.

"Being a true New Yorker, I'm thrilled to join the Extra Butter team," said Lee. "The growth of the Extra Butter brand has been exponential over their first 10 years and the opportunities are endless as the brand continues to evolve and innovate."

Wynn Las Vegas just hired a new key staff executive for their retail division. The luxury hotel just appointed Frank Visconti as Senior Vice President of Retail.

The announcement was made recently for the luxe hotel, where Visconti will oversee the expansion of the Wynn's retail offering. He will also help lead the development of Wynn Plaza, which spans over 75,000 square feet as a complex. He will direct approximately more than 173,500 square feet of retail space. Some of the existing retail brands at the Wynn include Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Givenchy and more. In this new role, he will supervise the development of the luxury retail department at Wynn Boston Harbor as well, which will open in 2019.

With experience in retail before, Visconti held roles at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. He served respectively as Vice President and General Manager. Visconti has been in the retail industry for over 25 years, including experience as President of Retail for MGM Resorts International. His past experience with mass retail spaces and several brands makes Visconti a perfect fit for the Wynn's retail division.

Juicy Couture, the California based lifestyle brand headed by Authentic Brands Group has appointed celebrity stylist, Jamie Mizrahi as their new Creative Director, set to release her first collection for Spring 2018.

Known for styling celebrities such as Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, and Suki Waterhouse, Mizrahi is joining Juicy Couture following her consultancy position at the brand last year.

As social media continues to create increasing demand for certain brands, influencers’ social impact is being snatched up. “Not only does Jamie have a great social following, her clients do too, and with a generation that’s so influenced by celebrity, she sees it all and lives that Juicy lifestyle,” said Nick Woodhouse, president and chief marketing officer of Authentic Brands Group said in an interview with WWD.

Mizrahi has not been classically trained as a designer, but her experience as a stylist has given her the right skills to commit to this role, commenting: “in a sense a stylist is a creative director. As a stylist I am guiding people’s eyes, educating them and introducing them to things they normally wouldn’t see. There is no part of my day job that didn’t prepare me to do this.”

Mizrahi’s appointment at Juicy Couture will reportedly see her update the classic Juicy Couture tracksuit and bring back pieces such as wide leg trousers from the archive. Her new collection will be launched for Spring 2018, and will include apparel, handbags, footwear, accessories and jewellery.

Juicy Couture is currently available in 100 countries worldwide, boasting a large social following due to their sought after 00’s pieces and collaborations with designer brands such as Vetements.

Underwear company Thinx has named Maria Molland Selby their new CEO. Her appointment will be effective on July 31.

"In just a few years, I've watched Thinx and Icon change the conversation around menstruation and incontinence, and empower people from all walks of life with their revolutionary products and ideas," said Selby. "I'm tremendously excited to join such a talented group of people as we continue to drive global education and expand resources around menstruation and incontinence."

Selby has over 21 years of experience in development and management of e-commerce, digital media, and technology businesses, and brings strong international business and company growth experience to THINX. She has previously held leadership roles at companies such as Splacer, Fab.com, Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Yahoo!, and Walt Disney Internet Group.

"We are thrilled to have Maria join the team," said Shama Amalean, COO of Thinx Inc. "Today, it's essential for brands to have an authentic personality and a bold point of view in order to be relevant and connect with customers. Thinx and Icon embody that ethic and, with Maria at the helm, we will continue to grow our brands while making an impact in our community."