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Power Moves | Sadove to Traub, Angelides to Abercrombie, John Lobb's Artistic Director, Girbaud to J Brand

BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.
Stephen Sadove | Source: Courtesy
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  • Kati Chitrakorn

LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.

Saks Chairman and CEO Joins Traub Associates
Stephen Sadove, former chairman and chief executive officer of Saks, Inc. has joined Marvin Traub Associates to launch the Traub Accelerator, a new division focused on technology and innovation. Sadove was formerly president of Clairol, and was instrumental in selling Clairol to Procter & Gamble. He also spent 17 years at Kraft General Foods, rising to executive vice president of General Foods USA. He led Saks from 2006 until 2013, but left after the company was sold to Hudson's Bay Co. last year. At Marvin Traub Associates, he will become a member of the board, in addition to his new role with Traub Accelerator.

Abercrombie Hires Angelides as Brand President
Teen apparel chain Abercrombie & Fitch has brought on board Christos Angelides as the president of its Abercrombie & Fitch and Abercrombie Kids brands, a position which he will take up in October. Angelides, 51, will report to Abercrombie & Fitch chief executive officer Mike Jefferies. Angelides will leave his role as group product director at UK-based clothing chain Next, and step down from the company's board of directors. Under Angelides, Next became the exclusive designer for the British team in the 2012 London Olympics, and in its last financial year made more money on a pre-tax basis than Marks & Spencer Group for the first time.

John Lobb Names First Artistic Director
Luxury shoemaker John Lobb has appointed 1205 designer Paula Gerbase as their first artistic director. The London-based ready-to-wear designer will start her new role from July 1st, reporting to CEO Renaud Paul-Dauphin. She will oversee all the ready-to-wear, bespoke and accessories collections and her first work for John Lobb will be shown at London Collections: Men in January. The Northampton-based shoemaker was founded in 1866 and acquired by the Hermès Group in 1976. Gerbase will remain creative director of her own ready-to-wear label 1205, which she founded in London in 2010. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, she previously worked at Savile Row tailors Hardy Amies and Kilgour where she served as head designer.

Girbaud to Join J Brand
French designer François Girbaud will join Los Angeles-based denim label J Brand following the departure of founder Jeff Rudes last month. It is not clear what Giraud's role will be at J Brand. Since Rudes' exit from the brand, Andrew Rosen, who co-founded Theory and was previously chief executive of Helmut Lang, has been overseeing general management of the label. Girbaud's appointment comes after the liquidation in November 2013 of Marithé + François Girbaud, the company he set up with his wife. Girbaud and Rosen have a shared history prior to their work for J Brand. Andrew Rosen's father, Carl Rosen, is said to have been instrumental in helping to launch Marithé + François Girbaud in the US and the label went onto be popular in the 1990s.

Katharina Flohr Exits Fabergé
Managing and creative director of Russian jewellery house Fabergé Katharina Flohr is stepping down from her dual role in July. Flohr joined Fabergé as creative director in 2008 and took on the role of managing director in 2010. She oversaw the re-launch of Fabergé in 2009 and the creation of the house's first high jewellery collection since 1917. During her tenure, she undertook collaborations with artists such as Ian Davenport for Vistajet, worked with designer Jaime Hayon on a new store concept for the Fabergé boutique in Geneva and directed the house's first advertising campaign with Mario Testino. Flohr leaves Fabergé to work on her own projects, while the Fabergé design team, established by Flohr, will continue to work on all Fabergé collections. Robert Benvenuto remains as president and chief operating officer of the brand.

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