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Diane von Furstenberg’s First-Ever CEO Resigns After 18 Months [WWD]
Paolo Riva, the first-ever CEO of Diane von Furstenberg’s eponymous label, is stepping down after just 18 months at the company. Riva’s resignation is effective immediately, and WWD reports that he is leaving to pursue other opportunities. During his brief stint at the brand, Riva hired Jonathan Saunders as chief creative officer; Saunders’ first-collection was well-received by critics. Said von Furstenberg in a statement: “I would like to thank Paolo for his contribution to DVF. Our business strategy and Jonathan Saunders’ vision for the brand remain in place. I am very excited about our future.” As of now, von Furstenberg is not seeking Riva’s replacement.
Reebok Is Offering Sneakers to the New Balance Customers That Burned Their Kicks [Yahoo]
Infuriated New Balance sneaker owners trashed, burned and flushed their sneakers (and shared the images on social media) after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company’s vice president of public affairs was excited about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for his business. (New Balance and Trump are both anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership, which President Barack Obama has championed.) In the wake of the outrage, Reebok is cleverly capitalizing on the situation by offering Twitter users who posted the destruction of their New Balances a new pair of Reebok kicks for free.
@artsy_indy Realer than real.
— Reebok Classic (@ReebokClassics) November 11, 2016
Toms Teams Up With Apple for Apple Watch Band [Tech Crunch]
Move over, Hermes — Toms is the latest brand to team up with Apple on a selection of Apple Watch bands. The Los Angeles-based, one-for-one shoe company has created a nine-piece collection of grosgrain fabric and leather bands finished with stainless steel hardware and the words “Give Time” etched on the inside. In classic Toms form, the brand is working with SolarAid to provide one year of solar energy to persons in need for every band sold. The bands are now available online at Toms.com for $49 each.
Introducing TOMS for Apple Watch bands. More than 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to safe, reliable electricity. This special collection helps provide solar lights to people in Sub-Saharan Africa. View the full collection through the link in our bio. #givetime #TOMS
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