Coach's corporate offices caught on fire yesterday, and today's morning news says one of the company's employees is indirectly responsible: The person didn't put out a cigarette while smoking on the roof. We hear no staffers are being held responsible, and - even better - it seems because the building is damaged anyway, most Coach employees are taking today off to get their logo luggage out to the Hamptons early. The fire didn't affect any actual Coach bags - this is just their corporate office and not their store, remember - but still... It brings some new irony to their new "Blow Up" comic book keychain, doesn't it?
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Coach Names New Creative Director
In April, Reed Krakoff made the surprising announcement that he would be stepping down from his creative director position at Coach after 16 years with the iconic American brand. Now, just two months later, Coach has named his replacement. It's Stuart Vevers, who was most recently the creative director of Madrid-based luxury label Loewe. Vevers will report to current president and chief commercial officer Victor Luis, who will succeed Lew Frankfort as CEO when Frankfort retires.
The Latest in the Jil Sander Saga: Was Raf Simons Fired?
In today's WWD, Bridget Foley has a thoughtful piece about the mismanagement of Raf Simons' ousting from Jil Sander. In it, she says that Simons was "unceremoniously dumped" from Jil Sander, making a point to clarify that he didn't just "leave" of his own volition. When news broke abruptly this past week that this would be Simons' last collection for Jil Sander (and a spectacular one at that), and that Jil Sander would be returning to her namesake label, it was assumed that Simons was leaving to fill that vacant spot at Dior, or, as Anna Dello Russo told us, that he might be focusing on his own label, because that's what he wanted to do--not because he was fired. But maybe he was.