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Industry News – February 15th, 2017

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Curated fashion industry news links for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017…

TOM FORD NAMES BRIAN BLAKE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL – PRNewswire
“Tom Ford announced today the promotion of Brian Blake to President and Chief Operating Officer of TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL. He will report directly to Tom Ford, Chief Executive Officer. His appointment is effective immediately. In addition to his role as President, Blake will assume the responsibilities of Tom Mendenhall who has left his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to pursue other opportunities.”

GOING PLACES AT COACH AND TORY BURCH – TheNewYorkTimes
“One of the stranger things about New York Fashion Week thus far has been the way designers have dragged their guests all over the city — from one landmark building and hard-to-access venue to the next — and then, when everyone is inside, ogling their surroundings, immediately attempted to transport them somewhere else.”

TARGET VETERAN JOINS FAMOUS FOOTWEAR – ChainStoreAge
“Caleres has made two executive appointment in its Famous Footwear division. The company named Karlyn Mattson as chief merchandising officer, leading Famous Footwear’s buying, merchandising, planning, allocation and analytic functions.”

NASTY GAL TO LAY OFF EMPLOYEES, CLOSE STORES – TheWallStreetJournal
“Nasty Gal Inc. is laying off employees and closing its brick-and-mortar stores in connection with the sale of its brand name.”

ALEXANDER WANG CALLS OUT PHILIPP PLEIN FOR COPYING – TFL
“Philipp Plein took to New York to stage his Fall/Winter 2017 show this week but before that, the German fashion designer staged a similarly over-the-top event for his Plein Sport collection in Milan last month. According to designer Alexander Wang, Plein ripped off the 2014 show that he staged with Swedish fast fashion giant H&M in the process.”

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