Nicola Glass named Creative Director of Kate Spade

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tapestry, Inc. (NYSE:TPR) (SEHK:6388), a leading New York-based house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, today (Nov. 8, 2017) announced the appointment of Nicola Glass as Creative Director of Kate Spade. She is expected to join the company early in the new calendar year, and will succeed Deborah Lloyd, the brand’s current creative director who, in the wake of the Tapestry, Inc.acquisition, made the decision to exit the brand in 2018. Ms. Glass will ultimately report to the Brand President and Chief Executive Officer of Kate Spade, a role currently held by Tapestry, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer, Victor Luis, in an interim capacity. Ms. Glass will be responsible for leading all creative aspects of the Kate Spade brand, including all product design, brand imagery and store environments.

“The appointment of Nicola Glass marks an important milestone in the next chapter of the Kate Spade brand,” said Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Tapestry, Inc. “There are very few creative executives like her, who have both the talent to lead creative teams and the appreciation and understanding of how to scale a growing handbag and accessories-driven business. We are extremely pleased that she will be leading the strong creative team already in place, while bringing her unique aesthetic and personal style to Kate Spade. Nicola fully understands the feminine, fun and fashionable style of Kate Spade and is excited to bring its distinctive style to global audiences. Her depth and breadth of experience will be an invaluable asset to the business in general – and especially the design and brand teams – as we grow and develop the business globally.”

Ms. Glass joins Kate Spade from Michael Kors where she currently holds the role of Senior Vice President of Accessories Design overseeing all design and development of Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors. She leads a team including all accessory, hardware and technical design, and is responsible for sourcing and developing all leathers and fabrics. Ms. Glass has been with Michael Kors since 2004, contributing to the business and holding successively more senior roles over her 13-year tenure with the company. Prior to Michael Kors she worked at Gucci as an accessories designer. Ms. Glass holds a Masters of the Arts in Fashion Accessories from the Royal College of Art, London.

Victor Luis added, “Nicola’s sensitivity and appreciation of Kate Spade along with her leadership skills, and deep design experience, uniquely qualify her to provide creative direction for Kate Spade. I am confident that her expertise – grounded in accessories – will enable her to build upon the brand’s fun, feminine and fashionable positioning to create innovative product and brand imagery, delighting customers in a singularly Kate Spadeway, full of color and playful sophistication.”

“I’m very honored to be joining Kate Spade as the new Creative Director,” said Ms. Glass. “It is a brand I’ve long admired and I look forward to leading the team in this next chapter of Kate Spade’s evolution and growth.” Ms. Glass will succeed Deborah Lloyd, who has been President and Chief Creative Officer of Kate Spade since November 2007. “We have great admiration for Deborah’s accomplishments and her vision and creative leadership have been instrumental to the growth of Kate Spade,” said Victor Luis. “We wish her every success in the future and look forward to welcoming Nicola.”

Tapestry, Inc. is a New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands. The Company’s portfolio includes Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. Our Company and our brands are founded upon a creative and consumer-led view of luxury that stands for inclusivity and approachability. Each of our brands are unique and independent, while sharing a commitment to innovation and authenticity defined by distinctive products and differentiated customer experiences across channels and geographies. To learn more about Tapestry, please visit The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TPR. The Company’s Hong Kong Depositary Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388.

Neither the Hong Kong Depositary Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depositary Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.

This information to be made available in this press release may contain forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “can,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue,” “project,” “guidance,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “moving,” “leveraging,” “developing,” “driving,” “targeting,” “assume,” “plan,” “pursue,” “look forward to,” “achieve” or comparable terms. Future results may differ materially from management’s current expectations, based upon a number of important factors, including risks and uncertainties such as expected economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability to control costs and successfully execute our transformation and operational efficiency initiatives and growth strategies and our ability to achieve intended benefits, cost savings and synergies from acquisitions, etc. Please refer to the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a complete list of risks and important factors.

Analysts & Media:
Andrea Shaw Resnick
Global Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Christina Colone
Senior Director, Investor Relations

Source: Tapestry, Inc.

Brioni welcomes Nina-Maria Nitsche as its new Creative Director

London, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brioni and Kering are pleased to announce the appointment of Nina-Maria Nitsche as Creative Director of the House, effective 15 June 2017. Nina-Maria Nitsche will have creative responsibility of the House’s collections and image.

Nina-Maria Nitsche joined Maison Martin Margiela in 1989. For the following 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 Maison Martin Margiela.

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.

Brioni CEO Fabrizio Malverdi stated: “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. Her point of view will allow the brand’s core values to prosper and yet inject a contemporary dialogue that will enable Brioni to evolve into the future.”

Nina-Maria Nitsche declared: “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.”

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, added: “I am delighted to welcome Nina-Maria Nitsche to Brioni and within Kering. Nina-Maria has a very accurate understanding of the Brioni man and she will bring a comprehensive and articulate creative vision to the House. I am sure that, together with Fabrizio Malverdi, she will build on the House’s tradition of exceptional craftsmanship to propel Brioni into a new dynamic.”

About Brioni
Founded in Rome in 1945, Brioni is recognized as the world’s most prestigious menswear couture house.

Under the leadership of CEO Fabrizio Malverdi, Brioni develops and manufactures sartorial ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, eyewear, and fragrances. The foundation of the company’s identity is the Bespoke service, entirely custom made garments with an unparalleled level of craftsmanship. Brioni products are distributed globally through directly-owned boutiques and a network of selected department & specialty stores. The company is part of the global Luxury group Kering, which develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches, as well as sport & lifestyle brands.

About Kering
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Press Contacts:

Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20

Renato Martinelli
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Astrid Wernert
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 57

Brioni Press Office
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Claire Roblet
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 49
Twitter: @KeringGroup / @Brioni_Official
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Source: Kering Group

Xcel Brands, Inc. announces the appointment of Christina Caruso as Creative Director for the Judith Ripka brands

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is pleased to announce Christina Caruso as Creative Director for the Judith Ripka brands.

With 15 years of experience in fashion accessory and jewelry design, Caruso joins the team to collaborate with Chief Designer, Judith Ripka on all Judith Ripka labels and further extensions of the brand. Additionally, Caruso will appear frequently on QVC as a presenter of the brand’s exclusive collection for the television network. Ripka and Caruso will work together to evolve the brand’s designs while continuing to reflect the latest trends and tastes of modern women.

Robert W. D’Loren, Xcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “Christina will be a huge asset for both our QVC business and the future brand projects. Her natural design sensibility and taste level echoes what Judith has created over her 38-year history in jewelry design. I am confident Christina will excite those loyal to the brand while attracting new customers through her extensive knowledge and experience in jewelry and accessory design.”

Judith Ripka, Chief Designer of Judith Ripka products, commented, “Christina’s entrepreneurial background resonated with me and the way in which I started my business. Her past work and her passion for jewelry design made her the perfect fit for this position. I’m so thrilled that Christina is joining the team and I’m truly excited to see the future of the brand with her creative direction.”

Newly appointed Creative Director, Christina Caruso commented, “Judith Ripka has inspired me as an entrepreneur from very early in my career. She is a legend in jewelry design, whose work I have admired for so long. To work alongside her and the amazing Judith Ripka team is such an honor.”

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.

Judith Ripka started her acclaimed career in 1977 and since its inception her global brand has become known for its impeccable quality and distinctive and refined designs. Both the 18k Gold collection and a Sterling Silver collection are in fine jewelry stores worldwide.  Ms. Ripka was a pioneer in interactive TV, debuting a collection on QVC in 1996 and more recently on The Shopping Channel in 2014.  Ms. Ripka serves as the Chief Designer for Judith Ripka brands, overseeing design and design direction. Among her many milestones, Ms. Ripka was chosen as one of “The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” and received the DeBeer’s Award for Outstanding Jewelry Design.

Christina Caruso is the Creative Director and QVC on air guest for Judith Ripka. With 15 years of experience in fashion accessories and jewelry design, she has collaborated with Judith Ripka on invigorating the brand with the latest trends suited for a modern woman. Previously, Christina consulted as Design Director for major brands including Isaac Mizrahi Collection and Banana Republic’s jewelry and sunglasses division. Christina’s passion for the industry motivated her to teach Accessories Design to students at two renowned fashion universities in New York City: Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. She gained additional acclaim as a TV personality while she was an accessory design contestant on Lifetime’s Project Accessory in 2011. Christina embodies Judith Ripka’s entrepreneurial background and love for jewelry design, having founded her own namesake fashion jewelry and accessory line which was featured on Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.


Quin Acciani
Senior Manager
Lividini & Co

Stephanie Taylor
PR Associate
Xcel Brands, Inc.

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Berluti announces the appointment of Haider Ackermann as Creative DirectorBerluti announces the appointment of Haider Ackermann as Creative Director

Berluti announces the appointment of Haider Ackermann as Creative Director
Berluti announces the appointment of Haider Ackermann as Creative Director


Paris, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Berluti is pleased to announce the appointment of Haider Ackermann as Creative Director.  The appointment is effective immediately and the designer will present his first collection during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January 2017.

Haider Ackermann enrolled at the Royal Academy of fine Arts in Antwerp in 1994 and started his own label in 2003. He presented his first menswear collection in June 2013 in Paris.

“I am very happy to welcome Haider at Berluti, his talent and creative commitment make him the perfect choice for this position. I am sure that his vision will bring a unique opportunity to Berluti”, said Antoine Arnault, Chief Executive Officer of Berluti.

“I am very honored to join Berluti. This house stands for the essence of luxury menswear and embracing this new adventure inspires me.” Haider Ackermann declared.

Berluti was established in Paris in 1895 and has been built by four generations of shoemakers. In 2005 fine leather goods were introduced and, in 2011, a complete clothing collection. A unique bespoke service from head to toe is now available through Berluti’s workshops in rue Marbeuf and rue de Sèvres. Berluti now has over 45 stores worldwide.


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22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
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Source: LVMH