Since Angela Ahrendts officially left her post as Burberry's CEO in early May to head up the retail division at Apple, and the British design house's long standing Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey stepped into his dual role (as CEO and Creative Officer), a number of other high profile changes have occurred at an array of design houses. From the upcoming departure of Christophe Lemaire, Hermès's womenswear director, and the subsequent appointment of The Row's Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski to take his place to Sebastian Suhl's move from one LVMH-owned brand, Givenchy to another LVMH subsidiary, Marc Jacobs, here is a quick look at some of the recent changes ...
Christophe Lemaire, who has served as the creative director of womenswear at Hermès since 2010, will be leaving the Paris-based design house in the fall to focus on his eponymous label. (See a look from his S/S 2014 collection for the house above). French designer Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski, who has currently serves as design director at The Row, will serve as his replacement. The Row has not made any statements yet as to who will replace Vanhee-Cybulski.
Marc Jacobs International has appointed Sebastian Suhl, the current CEO of Givenchy, as its new CEO. Suhl, the driving force behind Givenchy's rapid retail expansion, as well as its appointment of its first ever United states-based President, will be replaced by Philippe Fortunato, formerly president and CEO of Louis Vuitton’s North Asia region.
After a one year stint, Joanna Skyes departed from British brand Nicole Farhi late last week. According to a statement from the brand, Skyes has left the brand "to focus on new projects;" she has not yet confirmed whether she will return to her eponymous label, Sykes, which she closed when she became creative director of Aquascutum in 2010. Skyes will not be immediately replaced. Instead, the brand will rely in its in-house design team.
Tiffany & Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael Kowalski will retire in 2015 after spending more than 15 years with the luxury jeweler. He will pass the chief executive reins to the brand's current President, Frederic Cumenal, a former champagne exec. Cumenal, 54, joined the jeweler in 2011 after a 15-year stint at LVMH. Tiffany is now searching for an individual to succeed Cumenal as president.
Olivier Theyskens has parted ways with Theory after nearly four years at the helm of the New York-based label. The Belgian fashion designer, who has been working with the firm since 2010, will be exiting the company to pursue other design ventures. His replacement has not yet been announced.
Also worthy of noting is the individual that fashion industry headhunters are keeping their eyes on: Serge Brunschwig, Dior’s current Chief Operating Officer. No word on where he will go next, but according to a recent piece by the New York Times' Vanessa Friedman, many of those that work under Sidney Toledano, Dior’s chief executive, ultimately move on to other companies. In fact, "Dior is increasingly seen as a training ground for future C.E.O.s." More to come …