VACHERON CONSTANTIN

Tucked away all the way up on Madison Avenue at 64th Street is the Vacheron Constantin boutique. Usually filled with the latest and greatest modern hits, this summer the brand’s New York City home is exhibiting and selling a selection of remarkable vintage pieces as part of their “Collectionneurs” line.

The boutique has nine fully serviced and authenticated vintage pieces on display (with two more arriving over the next week or so), ranging from a gorgeous platinum minute-repeating pocket watch from 1928 to the stunning reference 4178. All are on view and available now through the end of August. Here’s a selection of a few of them just because we love ’em. Continue reading

NOMINATION AT RICHEMONT

Sophie Guieysse, who joined Compagnie Financière Richemont SA last year as group human resources director, is to become an executive director .

Guieysse, who is already a member of the senior executive committee, is up for election at the group’s annual general meeting in September. If elected, she will report to Jerome Lambert, group chief operating officer and a senior executive committee member. He is also a director on the Richemont board.

Guieysse joined Richemont last October from Dior, where she advised on the future of luxury in a connected world. She also served on the board of directors of Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home decor company, and was chairman of its nominations and compensation committee. Continue reading

BALMAIN’S SALES A COPY FLOP

Balmain is bolstering its digital reach with the launch of an online flagship serving customers in more than100 markets in partnership with Yoox Net-a-porter Group.

Till now, in terms of its own online store, “the situation was quite poor,” acknowledged Balmain chief executive officer Massimo Piombini in an interview at the brand’s headquarters. Everything was managed in-house “without any real technical expertise, and the possibilities to keep up with the upgrades of the digital business,” he said.

Harnessing the latest technologies in the online business and integrating Balmain’s e-commerce and institutional web sites, the new site, he said, will boost visibility and sales, as well as serve as a powerful communication tool. Features include a click-and-collect service, editorial content including videos, and dedicated capsules. Continue reading

LONGCHAMPS FASHION SCOOPS

To celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary, Longchamp is scheduled for September 8, to stage its first official runway Fashion Show in New York this Fall with a tandem with a tandem event scheduled on September 11,for the Opéra Garnier in Paris.

Known for its best-selling “Le Pliage bag”, the French leather goods firm has expanded its ready-to-wear offering over recent years as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand.

Meanwhile, Kendall Jenner, the new brand ambassador, is on board for four seasons, beginning with the fall 2018 campaign.

Among other projects Stateside, the brand is preparing to open its first Los Angeles store this fall.