The president of Bergdorf Goodman and NMG International, Joshua Schulman, will become the next president and CEO of Coach. “I’ve known Josh for many years and had always hoped to attract him to Coach,” said Victor Luis, CEO of Coach Inc. “He lives and breathes our industry and brings a unique blend of brand building and broad retail experience to the company, making him the ideal person for this newly created role.”
Damien Hirst’s first major show of new work in 10 years is being seen as a risky comeback attempt. His career never recovered from the financial crisis in 2008, and the artwork in this exhibition cost millions to produce. “It’s like Elvis coming back to play in Las Vegas,” said Sotheby’s Europe chairman Oliver Barker. “After more than a decade, Damien is once again allowing his work to be scrutinized by a large public, and in doing so he is definitely putting his neck on the line.”
[The New York Times]
Tokyo-based studio Takt Project, Los Angeles architect Jimenez Lai, and Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel have won the 2017 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. The three creatives will present a Swarovski-sponsored installation at this June’s Design Miami/ Basel.
Toronto firm Hariri Pontarini Architects has won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award for its Bahá’í Temple of South America. The earthquake- and wind-resistant project, located in Santiago, Chile, took 14 years to complete.
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Retailers are experimenting with 3-D knitting, a process that manipulates yarn into complete garments, to create on-demand, personalized products. Adidas, for example, has a pop-up store in Berlin where customers can undergo a 3-D body scan and, four hours later, pick up a customized sweater.