"What Not to Wear" star Stacy London will join Stylinity, a fashion tech startup which merges social media, e-commerce and an in-store experience. Stacy will also serve as a member of their Board. (prnewswire)
Stitch Fix, the online personal shopping platform founded by Katrina Lake who is also the company's CEO, raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Benchmark. In addition, Stitch Fix hired Lisa Bougie, former general manager of emerging markets for Nike, as chief merchandising officer; Meredith Dunn, who had been with Stella & Dot, as vice president of styling and Jennifer Olsen, who had been with Crate and Barrel, as as chief marketing officer. See Business Wire.
Rue La La, the shopping destination, appointed Robin Domeniconi Chief Marketing Officer. Robin had been Chief Brand Officer at the ELLE Group, and is a former Vice President of Advertising Sales, Marketing, and Publishing at Microsoft. (prnewswire)
The Ralph Lauren Corporation appointed Jackwyn Nemerov President and COO, responsible for global merchandising, manufacturing and supply chain operations and the Company’s retail, wholesale and licensing businesses. Jackwyn had been Executive Vice President of the company. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
Sole Society, the e-commerce site for trendy shoes, handbags and accessories, appointed Andrea Wasserman Chief Executive Officer and a member of their Board of Directors. Andrea, who holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and has extensive experience in retail, had most recently been National Bridal Director of Nordstrom. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Online shopping destination Gilt appointed Tracey Weber Chief Operating Officer. Tracey had been Managing Director, North America Internet and Mobile and Global Product at Citibank. See prnewswire press release.
Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. appointed Vivien Kronengold Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Vivien had been Chief Marketing Officer at C Wonder and before that was with Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren. See Business Wire press release.
dELiA*s, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLIA), the retail company marketing to teenage girls, appointed Whitney Randall Vice President, General Merchandise Manager. Whitney had been Divisional Vice President of Global Merchandising for Coach. See Business Wire press release.
Kellwood Company, the apparel manufacturer, appointed Lynn Shanahan Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Brands responsible for Kellwood’s fashion brands including Rebecca Taylor, David Meister, XOXO, My Michelle, Sag Harbor, Briggs, and the Private Label businesses. Lynn had been President of Marimekko NA. See the Business Wire press release.
L'Oreal USA appointed Kristina Schake Chief Communications Officer. Kristina had been a Special Assistant to President Obama and Communications Director to the First Lady Michelle Obama. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Guess? Inc. (NYSE: GES) appointed Sharleen Ernster Lazear Chief Design Officer. Sharleen had been the Executive Vice President of Design at Victoria's Secret. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
The RealReal, the online luxury resale site founded by Julie Wainwright who is also CEO of the company, raised $14 million in Series B funding led by InterWest Partners. Julie has been a CEO for over 10 years; she helped pioneer e-commerce as the CEO of Reel.com in 1997 and Pets.com in 1999. Read more in the prnewswire press release. Watch Julie talk about how the business world has changed during her years as a CEO.
Rebecca Smith, Founder and CEO of Rebecca Ray Designs, incorporates her love of sportsmanship into her luxury leather handbags, accessories and home decor products. Rebecca Ray Designs products are made in America by skilled craftsmen, and reflect Rebecca's love of the vintage feel of America in the early 20th century.
Rebecca began her career as a handbag and accessory designer quite by accident. After a very fulfilling career in the non-profit world, she was looking for something as an artistic outlet. Rebecca holds a Master's in Education but she was always an artist at heart! She is a collector and loves to forage and create. On a whim, she started using her own antique collections of textiles, jewelry and images to create handbags that were as much art as they were utilitarian. When people started trying to buy the handbags right off her arms while she was grocery shopping, she realized she might be on to something. Rebecca’s husband, Derek, encouraged her to pursue the notion of turning the artistic process into a company. She decided to enter a women's entrepreneurial product contest in the magazine Country Living, and her designs were selected as a winner. At that point, she realized that she needed to turn the bag designs into a real company.
Rebecca found that Rebecca Ray Designs allowed her to embrace all the artistic things she loved to do. She named the company Rebecca Ray, as R.A.Y. are her maiden initials and they spell out her father’s name. He has always encouraged both Rebecca and her brother to create and own their own companies, which they have both done. Rebecca never anticipated her small cottage industry would become so large and well branded throughout the country, available in over 300 fine retail locations.
Being a woman and a mother herself, it was always a goal of Rebecca’s to employ like-minded women. According to Rebecca “I have always found that women working for women understand each other - it is like an unspoken mantra. By the very nature of what we do everyday, women have to be multi-taskers who above all else, get the job done. I think that women bring a can-do, cooperative ability to the workplace that is often driven by the concept that things just have to get done and we ask questions - often challenging and changing age-old paradigms in the process.”
bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ: BEBE) appointed Michelle Landgrebe Executive Vice President, General Merchandising Manager of their "2b" division. Michelle had been Vice President, General Merchandising Manager at VFSLA, part of the VF Corporation. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
GUESS? Inc. (NYSE: GES) appointed Hillary Super Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for GUESS?. Hillary had been with American Eagle and at Gap. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ: BEBE) appointed Katrina Glusac Chief Merchandising Officer. Amy had been Chief Merchant and VP of Merchandising at ShoeDazzle.com, and before that Divisional VP and GMM of Guess?. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
Videdressing, the fashion social marketplace co-founded by Meryl Job who is also CEO of the company, raised $6 million in new funding. Meryl had previously been a Product Manager at Chanel. Read more about the deal on techcrunch.com.
Julep Beauty Inc, founded by Jane Park who is also the company's CEO, raised $10.3 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Jane, who holds a JD from Yale Law School, is a former Starbucks Executive. Padma Rao, who led marketing at online gaming company Zynga, is on the company's Board of Directors. Read more about the deal in the company press release.
Claire's Stores, Inc., the specialty retailer of jewelry and accessories for young women and teens, appointed Linda Hefner Filler President of Claire's North America. Linda had been Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Sam's Club at Wal-Mart. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD), a global licensor of 3D technologies, appointed Laura J. Alber to its Board of Directors. Laura is President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Read more in the Business Wire press release.