Givenchy is a French luxury fashion and perfume house. It hosts the brand of haute couture clothing and Parfums Givenchy and cosmetics; the house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy and is a member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Pret-a-Porter. It is owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH, its current artistic director is Clare Waight Keller, the first woman to hold that position. In 1952, Hubert de Givenchy and Javani Robert Durfy founded his own luxury house and launched a new collection Les Séparables with some floaty skirts and puffy blouses made from raw cotton. Givenchy achieved critical acclaim with Vogue magazine praising his "wonderful first collection"14; the collection included the Bettina Blouse a white shirt named in honour of Bettina Graziani, painted in one of René Gruau's works. The New York Times magazine published an article entitled "A Star Is Born" and l’Album du Figaro wrote a feature stating that "In one night, Hubert de Givenchy became one of fashion’s most famous children with his first collection."Models such as Suzy Parker and Dorian Leigh became muses of the house.
In terms of innovation, he used ‘shirting’, a raw cotton similar to pattern paper, to create his chic and casual collections. In 1954, Hubert de Givenchy presented the first shirt dress, he was the first high fashion designer to create a luxury ready-to-wear clothing line, called "Givenchy Université", produced in Paris using machinery imported from the United States. Before he was able to sign for this new collection, Hubert de Givenchy bought all the shares of his fashion house back from Louis Fontaine. In 1956, both Cristóbal Balenciaga and Hubert de Givenchy presented their collection in New York during a charity gala in aid of the American hospital in Paris. In 1957, the House of Balenciaga introduced the sack dress for the first time. In 1958, Cristóbal Balenciaga launched the ‘Baby Doll’ line, along with the coats line ‘Ballon’; the Givenchy studio moved to number 3, Avenue George V in Paris—opposite Balenciaga’s—in 1959. The same year and Balenciaga announced that their respective collections would be shown to the press one month after their presentation to the buyers, in order to avoid any dictate.
In 1969, Hubert de Givenchy launched his fashion line for men, "Gentleman Givenchy". The boutique was opened in November on Avenue George V. Hubert de Givenchy introduced short dress. On the advice of Cristóbal Balenciaga, Givenchy developed his licences in the 1970s, in order to protect the Haute Couture collections. In 1971, he designed a collection of embroidered coats in honour of Georges Braque and Joan Miró. During this period, the House of Givenchy diversified its activities to create shoes, ties, tableware and kimonos. Hubert de Givenchy was chosen to design the interior of Hilton hotels around the world, a car. In 1976, Givenchy Inc. arrived on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Hubert de Givenchy was elected the personality of the year 1979 and the most elegant man of the year by The Best Magazine. In 1982, a retrospective presided by Audrey Hepburn was organized by the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York. Next year Hubert de Givenchy is named « chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur » and in 1985, Jacques Lang, the French minister of the Culture, gave him the Oscar dedicated to the art of elegance during a celebration at the Opera in Paris.
In 1988, Givenchy joined LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. In 1991, a retrospective celebrated at the Galliera Palace the forty years of the fashion house. Hubert de Givenchy left the company in 1995, he was succeeded by some British young creators such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien MacDonald. From December 2003 to 2006, the British cutter Ozwald Boateng is named as the artistic director of the Givenchy men's division. John Galliano succeeded Givenchy upon his retirement but was in turn promoted to Christian Dior less than two years prompting the hiring of Alexander McQueen. In 2001, designer Julien Macdonald was appointed Artistic Director for the women's lines, which consist of haute couture and ready-to-wear; the reins for both collections were passed on to Riccardo Tisci in 2005 when he was named artistic director of womenswear. Riccardo Tisci has proposed to the House influences. By changing the house codes, Riccardo Tisci adds some sensual romanticism touch. Extending the chromatic palette of the house, flashy colors, such as the baby blue and the red blood, metal and floral prints, he designs an uncluttered and graphic silhouette.
Philippe Fortunato, the former chief operating of LVMH Moet Hennessy Vuitton SA – China, is the current Chief Operating at Givenchy. Givenchy designs have been worn by a number of celebrities on red carpet occasions, including Rooney Mara at the 2012 Academy awards. Responsible for working with Madonna designing her costumes for her Sticky & Sweet tour as well as the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show. In 2016, Tisci launched a sportswear collaboration with Nike called NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined aimed at Olympic athletes for the 2016 Summer Olympics as everyday gym users. In February 2017, Riccardo Tisci announced his amicable Javani Durfy from Givenchy; the House of Givenchy announced the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director, effective May 2, 2017. Waight Keller took on all creative responsibilities, including Women’s and Men’s Ready-to-wear and accessories collections, as well as Haute Couture. Meghan Markle wore a gown from Claire Waight Keller at her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.
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Christian Dior SE
Christian Dior SE known as Dior, is a European luxury goods company controlled and chaired by French businessman Bernard Arnault, who heads LVMH, the world's largest luxury group. Dior itself holds 42.36% shares of and 59.01% voting rights within LVMH. The company was founded in 1946 by designer Christian Dior, it designs and retails leather goods, fashion accessories, jewelry, fragrance and skin care products, while maintaining its tradition as a creator of haute-couture under the Christian Dior Couture division. The Christian Dior label remains for women's offerings, although the company operates the Dior Homme division for men and the baby Dior label for children's wear. Products are sold throughout its portfolio of retail stores worldwide, as well as through its online store; the House of Dior was established on 16 December 1946 in "a private house" at 30 Avenue Montaigne Paris B. However, the current Dior corporation celebrates "1947" as the opening year. Dior was financially backed by wealthy businessman Marcel Boussac.
Boussac had invited Dior to design for Philippe et Gaston, but Dior refused, wishing to make a fresh start under his own name rather than reviving an old brand. The new couture house became a part of "a vertically integrated textile business" operated by Boussac, its capital was at workforce at 80 employees. The company was a vanity project for Boussac and was a "majorly owned affiliate of Boussac Saint-Freres S. A. Nevertheless, Dior was allowed a then-unusual great part in his namesake label despite Boussac's reputation as a "control freak". Dior's creativity negotiated him a good salary. On 12 February 1947, Dior launched his first fashion collection for Spring–Summer 1947; the show of "90 models of his first collection on six mannequins" was presented in the salons of the company's headquarters at 30 Avenue Montaigne. The two lines were named "Corolle" and "Huit". However, the new collection went down in fashion history as the "New Look" after the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow exclaimed, "It's such a new look!"
The New Look was a revolutionary era for women back in the forties. When the collection was presented, the editor in chief showed appreciation by saying; the debut collection of Christian Dior is credited with having revived the fashion industry of France. Along with that, the New Look brought back the spirit of haute couture in France as it was considered glamorous and young-looking. "We were witness to a revolution in fashion and to a revolution in showing fashion as well." The silhouette was characterised by a small, nipped-in waist and a full skirt falling below mid-calf length, which emphasised the bust and hips, as epitomized by the'Bar' suit from the first collection. The collection overall showcased more stereotypically feminine designs in contrast to the popular fashions of wartime, with full skirts, tight waists, soft shoulders. Dior retained some of the masculine aspects as they continued to hold popularity through the early 1940s, but he wanted to include more feminine style; the New Look became popular, its full-skirted silhouette influencing other fashion designers well into the 1950s, Dior gained a number of prominent clients from Hollywood, the United States, the European aristocracy.
As a result, which had fallen from its position as the capital of the fashion world after WWII, regained its preeminence. The New Look was welcomed in western Europe as a refreshing antidote to the austerity of wartime and de-feminizing uniforms, was embraced by stylish women such as Princess Margaret in the UK. According to Harold Koda, Dior credited Charles James with inspiring The New Look. Dior's designs from the "New Look" did not only affect the designers in the 1950s, but still some of the newer designers we know from now in the 2000s, including Thom Browne, Miuccia Prada, Vivienne Westwood. Dior's evening dresses from that time are still referred to by many designers, they have been seen in different wedding themed catwalks with multiple layers of fabric building up below the small waist. Examples include Vivienne Westwood's Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter 2011 and Alexander McQueen's Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2011. Not everyone was pleased with the New Look, however; some considered the amount of material to be wasteful after years of cloth rationing.
Feminists in particular were outraged, feeling that these corseted designs were restrictive and regressive, that they took away a woman's independence. Fellow designer Coco Chanel remarked, "Only a man who never was intimate with a woman could design something that uncomfortable." Despite such protests, the New Look was influential, continuing to inform the work of other designers and fashion well into the 21st century. For the 60th anniversary of the New Look in 2007, John Galliano revisited it for his Spring-Summer collection for Dior. Galliano used the wasp waist and rounded shoulders and updated with references to origami and other Japanese influences. In 2012 Raf Simons revisited the New Look for his debut haute couture collection for Dior, wishing to update its ideas for the 21st century in a minimalist but sensual and sexy manner. Simons's work for Dior retained the luxurious fabrics and silhouette, but encouraged self-respect for the woman's body and liberation of expression; the design process for this collection, produced in only eight weeks, is documented in Dior and I, presenting Simons's use of technology and modernist re-interpretations.
Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chirac is a French politician and the wife of the former President Jacques Chirac. She and Chirac met as students at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, got married 16 March 1956, they had two children: Laurence and Claude Chirac, a Vietnamese foster-daughter, Anh Đào Traxel. Since 2001, Bernadette has been the patron of "Pièces Jaunes", a charity that helps children in French hospitals by collecting small donations. On 3 September 2007, she became the president of the "Fondation Claude-Pompidou", following the death Claude Pompidou, a former First Lady of France, she was involved in her husband's successful 1995 presidential campaign and her personal popularity saw her play an important role as First Lady in her husband's reelection in 2002. She was an councillor in Corrèze, the couple's home département. Born in Paris on 18 May 1933, Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chodron de Courcel was the daughter of Jean-Louis Chodron de Courcel, sales director of Emaux de Briare Inc. and Marguerite de Brondeau d'Urtières.
She was the oldest of three children: her sister Catherine was born in 1946 and her brother Jérôme in 1948. Her family were devout Catholics and she received a strict upbringing from her mother, her father was imprisoned in Germany until the end of the Second World War. In June 1940, she and her mother fled to Lot-et-Garonne, where she attended the Sainte-Marthe school in Agen. From 1941 to 1943, after the occupation of the zone libre, they fled again to Gien in the Loiret. There she attended Sainte-Marie-des-Fleurs-et-des-Fruits school until the return of her father in 1945; the family settled in the sixth arrondissement of Paris. She went to the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 1950 where she met and married her future husband. Like most women at the time, upon marrying, she did not take her degree. 1971: Elected to the municipal council of Sarran. 1977: Aide to the mayor of Sarran. 1979: Elected to the Departmental council of Corrèze and subsequently re-elected on March 1985, March 1992, March 1998, March 2004, March 2011 and again September 2011.
1990: Founder and president of the "Association le Pont Neuf" designed to promote exchanges between young French people and young people from Asia. 1991: President of an International Dance Festival. 1994: President of the "Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France", a charitable foundation aiming to improve the day-to-day lives of the children and the elderly who have been hospitalised. She was patron of Opération Pièces Jaunes, an annual fundraising campaign to improve conditions in children's hospitals. In 2001, Bernadette participated in a series of transcribed interviews with the conservative journalist, Patrick de Carolis; the book was called Conversation and was a bestseller, selling 350,000 copies in its first year of publication. Father: Jean Chodron de Courcel, sales director. Studied at Eton followed by Cambridge University. Mother: Marguerite–Marie de Brondeau d'Urtières Paternal grandfather: Robert Chodron de Courcel and landowner. Paternal great grandfather: George Chodron de Courcel, naval officer.
Bernadette Chirac was born into an old aristocratic family of public servants, from the Trois-Évêchés. Her family includes military officers, lawyers and industrialists, they would become owners through marriages of factories in Gien and Briare, in the Loiret, which were famed for their porcelain and enamel mosaics. Like many old French families, Bernadette Chirac has several European royal families among her ancestors. In 1852, a decree by Napoleon III authorized the addition of Courcel, one of the family's properties, to their name. In 1867, Napoleon III made Alphonse Chodron de Courcel a hereditary baron for services rendered to the State. Knight of the Legion of Honour 2001: Bernadette Chirac by Bertrand Meyer-Stabley ISBN 978-2-262-01809-2 2006: La Fille de Cœur by Anh Đào Traxel ISBN 978-2-08-068894-1. 2001: Conversation by Bernadette Chirac, with Patrick de Carolis, ISBN 978-2-259-19512-6
Board of directors
A board of directors is a group of people who jointly supervise the activities of an organization, which can be either a for-profit business, nonprofit organization, or a government agency. Such a board's powers and responsibilities are determined by government regulations and the organization's own constitution and bylaws; these authorities may specify the number of members of the board, how they are to be chosen, how they are to meet. In an organization with voting members, the board is accountable to, might be subordinate to, the organization's full membership, which vote for the members of the board. In a stock corporation, non-executive directors are voted for by the shareholders, with the board having ultimate responsibility for the management of the corporation; the board of directors appoints the chief executive officer of the corporation and sets out the overall strategic direction. In corporations with dispersed ownership, the identification and nomination of directors are done by the board itself, leading to a high degree of self-perpetuation.
In a non-stock corporation with no general voting membership, the board is the supreme governing body of the institution, its members are sometimes chosen by the board itself. Other names include board of directors and advisors, board of governors, board of managers, board of regents, board of trustees, or board of visitors, it may be called "the executive board" and is simply referred to as "the board". Typical duties of boards of directors include: governing the organization by establishing broad policies and setting out strategic objectives. For companies with publicly trading stock, these responsibilities are much more rigorous and complex than for those of other types; the board chooses one of its members to be the chairman, who holds whatever title is specified in the by-laws or articles of association. However, in membership organizations, the members elect the president of the organization and the president becomes the board chair, unless the by-laws say otherwise; the directors of an organization are the persons.
Several specific terms categorize directors by the presence or absence of their other relationships to the organization. An inside director is a director, an employee, chief executive, major shareholder, or someone connected to the organization. Inside directors represent the interests of the entity's stakeholders, have special knowledge of its inner workings, its financial or market position, so on. Typical inside directors are: A chief executive officer who may be chairman of the board Other executives of the organization, such as its chief financial officer or executive vice president Large shareholders Representatives of other stakeholders such as labor unions, major lenders, or members of the community in which the organization is locatedAn inside director, employed as a manager or executive of the organization is sometimes referred to as an executive director. Executive directors have a specified area of responsibility in the organization, such as finance, human resources, or production.
An outside director is a member of the board, not otherwise employed by or engaged with the organization, does not represent any of its stakeholders. A typical example is a director, president of a firm in a different industry. Outside directors are not affiliated with it in any other way. Outside directors bring outside experience and perspectives to the board. For example, for a company that only serves a domestic market, the presence of CEOs from global multinational corporations as outside directors can help to provide insights on export and import opportunities and international trade options. One of the arguments for having outside directors is that they can keep a watchful eye on the inside directors and on the way the organization is run. Outside directors are unlikely to tolerate "insider dealing" between insider directors, as outside directors do not benefit from the company or organization. Outside directors are useful in handling disputes between inside directors, or between shareholders and the board.
They are thought to be advantageous because they can be objective and present little risk of conflict of interest. On the other hand, they might lack familiarity with the specific issues connected to the organization's governance and they might not know about the industry or sector in which the organization is operating. Director – a person appointed to serve on the board of an organization, such as an institution or business. Inside director – a director who, in addition to serving on the board, has a meaningful connection to the organization Outside director – a director who, other than serving on the board, has no meaningful connections to the organization Executive director – an insi
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is an American worldwide management consulting firm. It conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis to evaluate management decisions across public and private sectors. Considered the most prestigious management consultancy, McKinsey's clientele includes 80% of the world's largest corporations, an extensive list of governments and non-profit organisations. More current and former Fortune 500 C. E. O.s are alumni of McKinsey than of any other company, a list including Google C. E. O. Sundar Pichai, Morgan Stanley C. E. O. James P. Gorman, many more. McKinsey publishes the McKinsey Quarterly since 1964, funds the McKinsey Global Institute research organization, publishes reports on management topics, has authored many influential books on management, its practices of confidentiality, influence on business practices, corporate culture have experienced a polarizing reception. McKinsey was founded in 1926 by James O. McKinsey in order to apply accounting principles to management. McKinsey died in 1937, the firm was restructured several times, with the modern-day McKinsey & Company emerging in 1939.
Marvin Bower is credited with establishing McKinsey's culture and practices in the 1930s based on the principles he experienced as a lawyer. The firm developed an "out" policy, where consultants who are not promoted are asked to leave. McKinsey was the first management consultancy to hire recent college graduates, rather than experienced managers. In the 1980s and 1990s, the firm established new practice areas, it had 88 staff in 1951, 7,700 by the early 2000s and 27,000+ by 2018. McKinsey's consulting has helped to establish many of the norms in business and contributed to many of the major successes and failures in business in the modern era. McKinsey & Company was founded in Chicago under the name James O. McKinsey & Company in 1926 by James McKinsey, a professor of accounting at the University of Chicago, he conceived the idea after witnessing inefficiencies in military suppliers while working for the U. S. Army Ordnance Department; the firm called itself an "accounting and management firm" and started out giving consulting on using accounting principles as a management tool.
McKinsey's first partners were Tom Kearney, hired in 1929, Marvin Bower, hired in 1933. In its first few years, the firm grew and began developing rapport among corporations. In 1935, McKinsey left the firm temporarily to serve as the Chairman and CEO of client Marshall Field's as it implemented the restructuring plan created by his firm. McKinsey was merged with accounting firm Scovell, Wellington & Company that same year, creating the New York-based McKinsey, Wellington & Co. and splitting off the accounting practice into Chicago-based Wellington & Company. A Wellington project that accounted for 55 percent of McKinsey, Wellington & Company's billings was about to expire and Kearney and Bower had disagreements about how to run the firm. Bower wanted to expand nationally and hire young business school graduates, whereas Kearney wanted to stay in Chicago and hire experienced accountants. Additionally, in 1937 James O. McKinsey died after catching pneumonia; this led to the division of McKinsey, Wellington & Company in 1939.
The accounting practice returned to Scovell, Wellington & Company, while the management engineering practice was split into McKinsey & Company and McKinsey, Kearney & Company. Bower had partnered with Guy Crockett from Scovell Wellington, who invested in the new McKinsey & Company and became managing partner, while Marvin Bower is credited with founding the firm's principles and strategy as his deputy; the New York office purchased exclusive rights to the McKinsey name in 1946. McKinsey & Company grew in the 1940s and 50s in Europe, it had 88 staff in 1951 and more than 200 by the 1960s, including 37 in London by 1966. In the same year, McKinsey had six offices in major US cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D. C. as well as six abroad. These foreign offices were in Europe, such as in London, Amsterdam, as well as in Melbourne. By this time, one third of the company's revenues originated from its European offices. Guy Crockett stepped down as managing director in 1950, Marvin Bower was elected in his place.
McKinsey's profit-sharing and planning committees were formed in 1951. The organization's client base expanded among governments, defense contractors, bluechip companies and military organizations in the post-World War II era. After seven years of consideration, McKinsey became a private corporation with shares owned by McKinsey employees in 1956. After Bower stepped down in 1967, the firm's revenues declined. New competitors like the Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company created increased competition for McKinsey by marketing specific branded products, such as the Growth-Share Matrix, by selling their industry expertise. In 1971, McKinsey created the Commission on Firm Aims and Goals, which found that McKinsey had become too focused on geographic expansion and lacked adequate industry knowledge; the commission advised that McKinsey develop industry specialties. In 1976, Ron Daniel was elected managing director, serving until 1988. Daniel and Fred Gluck helped shift the firm away from its generalist approach by developing 15 specialized working groups within McKinsey called Centers of Competence and by developing practice areas called Strategy and Organization.
Daniel began McKinsey's knowledge management efforts in 1987. This led to the creation of an IT system that tracked McKinsey engagements, a process to centralize knowledge from each practice area and a resource directory of internal experts." By the end of hi
Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, produced for 15 years having been discontinued after the 2015 fall/winter collection. At one point there were over 200 retail stores in 80 countries, he was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014. Jacobs was on Time magazine's "2010 Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the world, was #14 on Out magazine's 2012 list of "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America", he got married on 7th April 2019, to his long time boyfriend Charly Defrancesco. Marc Jacobs was born to a non-observant Jewish family in New York City; when he was seven, his father, an agent at the William Morris Agency, died. His mother, who remarried three times, was "mentally ill" and "didn't take care of her kids", according to Jacobs; as a teenager, he went to live with his paternal grandmother on the Upper West Side, in an apartment in the Majestic on Central Park West.
He attended the High School of Art and Design and studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York. While at Parsons in 1984, he won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award, Design Student of the Year, he won an award in 1991 from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. At age 15, Jacobs worked as a stockboy at Charivari, a now-defunct avant-garde clothing boutique in New York City. While still at Parsons, he sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters, he designed his first collection for Reuben Thomas, Inc. under the Sketchbook label. With Robert Duffy, Jacobs's creative collaborator, business partner since the mid-1980s, he formed Jacobs Duffy Designs. In 1986, backed by Onward Kashiyama USA, Inc. Jacobs designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label. In 1987, he was the youngest designer to have been awarded the fashion industry's highest tribute, the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Perry Ellis Award for "New Fashion Talent". In 1988, Jacobs and Duffy joined the women's design unit of Perry Ellis as creative director/vice president and president following the death of its namesake and founder.
In addition, Jacobs oversaw the design of the various women's licensees. In 1992, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Jacobs with The Women's Designer of the Year Award. In the same year, he designed a "grunge" collection for Perry Ellis. In the fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. launched their own licensing and design company, Marc Jacobs International Company, L. P. In 1994, Jacobs produced his first full collection of menswear. In 1997, Jacobs was appointed Louis Vuitton's creative director, where he created the company's first ready-to-wear clothing line. Jacobs has collaborated with many popular artists for his Louis Vuitton collections, including Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and most American artist Richard Prince and rapper Kanye West, In the spring of 2001, Jacobs introduced his secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. In 2005, Look was the Marc by Marc Jacobs ready-to-wear license holder in Japan with retail value of €50 million. In 2006, Jacobs started a new line of body-splash fragrances in ten-ounce bottles which are distributed by Coty.
First being sold only in perfume boutiques, they have become more popular. In 2007 filmmaker Loïc Prigent released a documentary film about Jacobs entitled Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. In February 2008, Jacobs was accused of plagiarizing a scarf design created in the 1950s by Swedish designer Gösta Olofsson. Jacobs settled the matter by offering monetary compensation to Olofsson's son. In 2009, Jacobs launched a shirt, demanding the legalization of gay marriage. In May 2009, Jacobs co-hosted, with fashion model Kate Moss, a "model and muse"-themed gala for the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. In February 2010, Jacobs sued Ed Hardy for infringing on the designs of one of his embroidered handbags. In the course of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in July 2011 Jacobs was the patron of the young talent award "Designer for Tomorrow by Peek & Cloppenburg"; the five finalists were selected by Jacob and the juryboard and received a personal coaching by Jacobs. The juryboard and Jacobs appointed the winner of 2011 during the DfT award show.
In August 2011, it was reported that Jacobs may succeed John Galliano as creative director of Christian Dior. According to The Daily Telegraph, Jacobs "firmly laid to rest rumours that he was to move to Christian Dior" in January 2012, but rumours prevail. In February 2013, Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet Coke. In honor of the brand's 30th anniversary, Jacobs would spend one year where he was slated to give the brand a "stylish and light-hearted" makeover. In March 2013, the New York Daily News revealed that the "faux fur" used in many Marc Jacobs garments is the fur from raccoon dogs from China. In October 2013, after the Spring/Summer 2014 show, it was revealed that Marc Jacobs would leave Louis Vuitton to focus on his own line. On January 9, 2014 it was announced that Jacobs's new Spring/Summer collection would feature actress/singer Miley Cyrus, photographed by David Sims. On February 26, 2014, it was announced that actress Jessica Lange would be the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty.
In addition, it was announced that Lange would be featured in the brand's Summer/Fall print-ad campaign photographed by David Sims, would star in a short campaign film directed by Jacobs, to start streaming online May 5, 2014. Jacobs had dressed and interviewed Lange for Love Magazine's fifth anniversary issue, had her provide a spoken-word version of H
Thomas Pink is a British shirt-maker, founded in London in 1984 by Irish brothers James and John Mullen. The Mullen brothers were no strangers to shirt making. James Mullen had read law at Trinity College Dublin, followed by a business degree at University College Dublin, he went on to set up a launderette business in Dublin, before coming up with the concept of Thomas Pink. The company was named after an 18th-century tailor in Mayfair, London; the shirts were produced using fabric spun and woven in mills in Lancashire, however these closed down shortly after the company was established, with the fabric being sourced from Italian mills. The first Thomas Pink shop was located in Chelsea. Of the location, James Mullen was quoted in 1997 as saying "we can afford to be in secondary positions because the sort of customers who come to us know what they want and as long as we advertise, as long as it's still convenient, it works."At one stage the brothers employed their father's factory to manufacture shirts for the company, but this connection had ceased by the mid-1990s, although the shirts were still produced at that time in Ireland.
During the 1990s customers included Michael Portillo, Viscount Linley, Hugh Grant, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Elle Macpherson. In July 1997 the company opened its first overseas store in Ireland, on Dawson Street in Dublin, with a store in New York City following in September 1997. In 1999 Thomas Pink became part of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group when they purchased 70% of the company for around €48m. By the time of purchase by LVMH, Thomas Pink had 20 shops, including 17 in the UK, one in Dublin and two in the United States; the store on Madison Avenue was the largest shirt store in the world and was twice the size of the flagship store on Jermyn Street. LVMH purchased the remaining 30% stake in the company they did not own in 2003. In 2012 Thomas Pink launched legal proceedings in the UK against Victoria's Secret, marketing lingerie under the label "Pink". Although Victoria's Secret attempted to raise a number of defences including revocation for non-use, attacking the validity of the marks for descriptiveness and lack of distinctiveness, in July 2014 in the High Court of England and Wales Judge Colin Birss ruled in Thomas Pink's favour.
Victoria's Secret, owned by L Brands, is making efforts to protect its trademarks in the United States, where the British trademark ruling did not have any effect. Media related to Thomas Pink at Wikimedia Commons