GOLDEN IDEAS: The Golden Goose shoemaker believes that great ideas are thought together.
The company, best known for its best-selling Superstar sneakers and intentionally aged styles, held its first “ideathon” on Thursday, a 12-hour marathon involving 60 company and retail employees from all regions who gathered to reflect on innovation and responsibility. sustainability-oriented projects.
The event, named “Move Forward Ideathon”, is part of the cobbler’s Forward Agenda, its responsibility plan through 2025 unveiled earlier this year and built around four pillars, including caring for people and engaging with communities.
Certainly, an inclusive and open corporate culture is increasingly becoming an asset for companies seeking to attract new talent. In 2022, Golden Goose was named Italy’s “Top Employer 2022” by the Top Employer Institute.
“We will continue to empower people to share ideas that are relevant and empowering for their communities, for the Golden family and for others,” said Silvio Campara, CEO of Golden Goose. “Every opportunity to come together is a step forward. Being part of the change means achieving great things, together,” he added.
Divided into six groups of 10, participants were tasked with developing ideas on one of the pillars, which also include innovation and the enhancement of craftsmanship.
The marathon, held at the company’s Milan headquarters unveiled in 2021, was based on the design-thinking methodology and places the social, emotional and physical needs of clients at the center of brainstorming. The latter was structured around four phases called “Innovative business concept”, “Market segmentation”, “Business model and financial plan” and “Pitch preparation”.
At the end of the day, each team presented their project by competing to win the prize consisting of a pair of bio-based sneakers from Yatay, the sustainable shoemaker with whom Golden Goose forged ties in April.
The winning team was also offered the opportunity to spend a day on Friday with Campara visiting Milan landmarks with sustainability credentials.
The Forward Agenda is a plan filled with different goals covering responsible sourcing and manufacturing, circularity and traceability, social compliance and governance, retail transformation focused on circularity, as well as carbon neutrality. Campara told WWD earlier this year that many of those goals will be achieved by 2023. A new chief sustainability officer, Federica Ruzzi, joined the brand last year to help lead the transformation.
As reported, the brand, which has been owned by private equity fund Permira since 2020, saw its 2021 revenue jump 45% to 385.6 million euros in 2021, representing a 46% improvement on 2019. — MARTINO CARRERA
JOIN THE CLUB: Victoria Beckham and Zimmermann are among the new names joining the official Paris Fashion Week calendar next season, organizers announced on Wednesday.
At a meeting earlier this week, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, France’s fashion organizing body, approved 11 new brands to join the spring women’s ready-to-wear catwalk calendar 2023, which run from September 26 to October 4.
Four will present parades in Paris. Beckham will mark his return to the track for the first time since the pandemic. Last season, the British designer held an off-schedule exhibition presentation in Paris, having previously shown her collections in London and New York.
Meanwhile, Zimmermann will make its catwalk debut in Paris after a showroom presentation in New York last season. The Australian brand resumed its global deployment last year with the opening of a boutique in Cannes and recently inaugurated a boutique in Madrid.
Also joining the runway programme, London-based Russian-born designer Natalia Alaverdian’s AWAKE Mode label, which burst onto the Paris fashion scene with a splashy party in 2014 co-hosted by Kim Kardashian .
The season also marks the official debut of Weinsanto, the buzzy label designed by Victor Weinsanto, which has been exhibiting off-calendar since 2020 and selling its collection at the Dover Street Market Paris showroom. The French designer was one of the semi-finalists for this year’s edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers.
Seven names will join the official calendar of presentations, reflecting the international influence of the French capital.
This is the French outdoor specialist Aigle; Ukrainian designer Anna October; Boutet, the French label founded by Constance Boutet; the Austrian brand Florentina Leitner; London-based Spanish designer Paula Canovas del Vas; Pressiat, the brand founded by French designer Vincent Garnier Pressiat; and Ruohan Nie’s Chinese label Ruohan.
The provisional schedule for Paris Fashion Week will be released the week of August 22, the federation said. — JOELLE DIDERICH
SIGNATURE : Heidrick & Struggles, the global executive search firm, has hired Caroline Pill as an associate in its consumer markets practice. She will be the organization’s fashion and beauty expert.
Pill’s goal will be to build the practice’s brand and visibility in consumer markets while focusing on the global fashion, luxury and beauty industries, the company said.
Luis Urbano, Regional Managing Partner of the Consumer Markets practice, said Pill has “a really broad and diverse view of the industries it serves and will be a terrific addition to our business as a whole. Over the past 12 months we have seen great progress in this area and are excited about what this means for our customers in the industry.
Pill said his “passion for executive search in the fashion, luxury and beauty industries continues to be shaped by exceptional leaders who tackle his greatest challenges – from diversity and sustainability to innovation. innovation and technology. I am convinced that the most exciting times for these sectors are ahead.”
Originally from Antwerp, Pill began her career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer and holds a master’s degree from Yale Law School. She then moved into the field of executive search and spent more than a decade placing managerial talent in start-ups and the biggest luxury, fashion and beauty brands.
Pill also holds a certificate in life and career coaching from the World Coaching Institute and Henley Business School. She is fluent in French, English and Flemish.
Heidrick & Struggles said Pill’s approach is “unique and tailored to its clients, and is underpinned by a passion for problem-solving and analytical thinking.”
Heidrick & Struggles, which is listed on Nasdaq, says it provides “global leadership consulting and on-demand talent solutions, meeting the high-level talent and consulting needs of the world’s largest organizations.” It was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Chicago. — SAMANTHA CONTI