New York—AKA Mystique Accessories LLC, a leading fashion and costume jewelry manufacturing and importer, announced the recent appointment of Ricardo DiPierro as executive vice president of sales and design.
“Ricardo will be leading our sales and design team to help us continue to grow and serve our customers in the supportive and professional manner that is our commitment, and to bring to the market new and incredible products,” said Paul Aberbach, managing partner. “That is our DNA and Ric is a perfect fit for our vision.”
Before coming to AKA Mystique, DiPierro was vice president, sales and marketing at Zeon America watches which included Vivienne Westwood, Ingersoll, Braun, Ed Hardy and private label watches. He also was vice president, sales and marketing at GIGI In-Style handling Nicole Miller Jewelry, private label and department stores; as well as vice president of sales and marketing at Alexia Crawford, private label, department and specialty stores.
Previously, DiPierro was divisional vice president at 1928 Company, working with brands including 1928, 2028, Antiquities and hair accessories, watches and 28Kids.
He will be based in the firm’s New York Office at 389 5th Ave., Fourth Floor. Ph: 212-685-2100 ext 53.
FAM Hires Executive to Expand License Business
Commerce, CA/New York—“In the past months we have had the opportunity to acquire four exceptional additional brands,” said Frank Zarabi, owner/ceo at FAM Brands. “We have also had the good fortune to welcome to our senior management as executive vice president of business development and licensing an industry professional with outstanding credentials: John Spotts. We are delighted that he has agreed to join us.”
Zarabi identified an immediate goal for Spotts: to seek licenses for the company’s Marika brand in some 35 related categories including but not limited to footwear, apparel, accessories, eyewear, gym bags, luggage and totes, beauty products, and home and lifestyle categories. Besides FAM’s own extension into fitness accessories under Marika, the company recently signed a licensing deal with Weisner Products, Inc. for men’s, women’s and children’s socks.
Spotts comes to FAM Brands from the post of senior vice president, International and Licensing at Eddie Bauer, having previously held senior positions at Woolrich, Coleman, Equity Management, The Sharper Image and Franklin Covey.
“I see this as a rare opportunity to capitalize on the apparel market’s hottest lifestyle trend which is active wear, shape wear and active lifestyle apparel,” Spotts said. “Across the FAM brands portfolio, we have identified over sixty categories that are a logical ft for the brand to be licensed,” Spotts said.
A privately held company that manufacturers branded and private label apparel, FAM Brands boasts a bevy of brands including Marika, Balance Collection, TEHÁMA, Peace and Pearls, Bally Total Fitness and most recently, La Vie Jet Setter, as well as licensed products featuring such labels as The Limited and Eddie Bauer. www.fambrands.com
Kering Appoints Sustainability Technical Advisory Group
Paris—Kering, the luxurygoods group, recently created its Sustainability Technical Advisory Group (STAG) and the appointments of external sustainability experts as well as internal executives and board members.
The key objective of STAG is to provide technical advice and guidance to Kering’s board level Sustainable Development Committee in order to assist Kering in advancing its overall sustainability strategy. Its primary role is to offer informed technical insights on the group’s sustainability initiatives and provide expertise on sustainability challenges and investments.
According to François-Henri Pinault, chairman/ceo, “We place sustainability at the core of Kering’s business activities and in all areas of governance, and I am pleased with the level of international specialists in our Sustainability Technical Advisory Group. We will undoubtedly benefit from their valuable insight on emerging global trends and perspective from the academic field of sustainability.”
Contributing external members are: Dr. Holly Dublin, director of strategies, The B Team; John Elkington, co-founder/executive chairman, Volans; and, Michael Wells, Independent Consultant in Environment and Development; Principal, Michael Wells & Associates
STAG’s Kering members are: Jean-François Palus, group managing director, member of the board of directors, Kering (co-chair); Jochen Zeitz, member of the board of directors, chairman of the board’s sustainable development committee, Kering (co-chair); Patrizio di Marco, president/ceo, Gucci (brands representative); and, Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, Kering.
The brands representative position in the STAG will rotate annually among Kering brands’ chief executives and external members are appointed for two years, with the option to be re-appointed thereafter upon agreement.