Welcome back to The Spin! People news dominate today’s issue of The Spin! Karl Lagerfeld has named his muse, French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, ongoing contributor to his namesake brand. Stefan Larsson is rumored to be in talks for the CEO position at J. Crew. And Browns’ Holli Rogers is becoming the first chief fashion officer at Farfetch. Enjoy the read - and your weekend! Best, Ulrike


Boulevard of beauty dreams. US retailers are adapting to changing consumer needs. As luxury retailer Neiman Marcus adds a new, multi brand beauty area called Blvd, Kohl’s is testing a WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Studio in its Chicago store and will also add WW Healthy Kitchen products online and in selected stores.

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How to lose a guy. Ludwig Beck AG has decided (in German) to offload its menswear chain, Wormland. The Munich-based retail group bought (press release) Theo Wormland GmbH & Ko.KG four years ago, but the desired synergies did not materialize. According to Ludwig Beck, several investors expressed interest in Wormland. A sale is expected (paywall; in German) in the first half of 2019. If a reasonable price cannot be achieved, Ludwig Beck reserves the right to continue the restructuring.

EuroCIS is held annually for only three days. But it has an effect every day - everywhere in retail, where the many ideas, innovations and technologies of the exhibitors are successfully implemented and applied by the visitors. EuroCIS 2019: February19-21. Plan your visit today:


Karl x Carine. Karl Lagerfeld is going to collaborate with French model, stylist, fashion editor and muse Carine Roitfeld on his namesake brand. The duo’s first project is “The Edit by Carine Roitfeld” - a selection of matching essential pieces from the Karl Lagerfeld Autumn/Winter 2019 collection - which will launch (paywall) in September at Karl Lagerfeld stores, karl.com and selected retail partners.

Biting back. Two months ago, Chanel filed two lawsuits against TheRealReal and WGACA (What Goes Around Comes Around), claiming that the online resellers sell counterfeits and violate federal trademark and advertising laws. Now, TheRealReal has responded with a request to dismiss the case, which it describes as an unfounded and anti-competitive attack on its business model and to undermine consumer confidence in the secondary market.


Fashion police. High-end online retailer Farfetch has promoted (paywall) Holli Rogers to the newly created position of chief fashion officer. In her expanded role, Rogers is going to closely connect Farfetch’s fashion approach with its customer experience. Rogers will continue to serve as chief executive officer of British luxury retailer Browns, which had been bought by Farfetch in July 2015 as part of its omni-channel growth strategy.

New turn. Stefan Larsson is rumored (paywall) to be in talks for J. Crew’s CEO position. Larsson made his name as global president of Old Navy and head of global sales at H&M. In November 2015 he accepted the CEO position at Ralph Lauren, which he relinquished in 2017 due to differences with the company’s founder. Like Ralph Lauren, J. Crew is currently in need of a profound turnaround.

Movin' on up. Arnold Mattschull, long-term CEO at German discounter Takko Fashion, is joining (paywall; in German) the Telgte-based company’s advisory board. Effective February 1, his son Alexander Mattschull, who had been named co-CEO last May, will take on the CEO position to manage (press release) the company with CSO Ulli Eickmann and CFO Andreas Silbernagel.

The Godfather. Part curator, part designer, part consultant and part musician, the multi-faceted Japanese creator Hiroshi Fujiwara has made his name in streetwear by connecting himself to every aspect of contemporary fashion. As founder of the now defunct fashion label Goodenough and collaboration specialist fragment design, Fujiwara pioneered (paywall) the concept of limited-edition product drops.


Magnificent Obsession. In a collaboration honoring this year's Berlinale, German perfum creator (in German) Urban Scents is collaborating with Sag Harbor, NY-based artist Sabina Streeter on a project evoking both visual and olfactory senses. Streeter’s art pays homage to the stylish films of Douglas Sirk (Imitation of Life, Tarnished Angels), as Urban Scents’ Sense Editions evoke the distinctive glamour of 1950’s Hollywood. 32 Bleibtreustrasse, Berlin-Charlottenburg. February 5-28.


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