Style Notes: Abercrombie & Fitch Nabs 'Lucky' Mag's Former Creative Director; Target Cuts 140 HQ Jobs
Fashion stories to read while you procrastinate from Father's Day shopping (sorry, Dad).
After snatching up former Club Monaco menswear designer Aaron Levine, Abercrombie & Fitch has announced yet another new hire to add to its more sophisticated growing team. Katia Kuethe, who was previously the creative director at the now-shuttered print edition of Lucky magazine, will take the reigns as the teen retailer's new creative director. We already know that the brand plans to take a more-clothed approach to, you know, selling clothes, and given Lucky's peppy and colorful aesthetic, we can't wait to see how this new appointment pans out for A&F's ads. [The New York Times]
Target is the latest retailer to slash its workforce by the hundreds. Following the news that both Gap Inc. and J. Crew were cutting corporate employees loose, Target announced that it was laying off 140 employees at its Minneapolis headquarters as part of a restructuring effort. On the bright side, however, a new poll showed that Target was the most popular retailer among 25 to 34-year-olds, so at least they've got that going for them. [WWD, Ad Age]
After losing IMG's sponsorship earlier this year, the format for the upcoming Miami Swim Week (July 15-21) has been a bit up in the air — a big problem for swimwear brands who count on the event as a major marketing platform. Whereas IMG's sponsorship created a set schedule with time slots for companies to choose from, this year's less structured format means that multiple shows can be taking place at the same time across the city's different venues. Luckily, it looks like IMG will be back for 2016. [Fashionista]
Two years after her departure as the creative director of Mulberry, Emma Hill is back with a brand new accessories line: Hill & Friends. The "Friends" part of the name is most likely a reference to Georgia Fendley, Mulberry's former brand director and Hill's collaborator for their new line. Though the duo has plans to eventually branch into ready-to-wear, their first collection — set to launch in Spring 2016 — will be bags and accessories, like the ones that made Hill a hit at Mulberry. [Vogue UK]