Christopher Kane taps new CEO
Christopher Kane has tapped Nikolas Talonpoika as its new chief executive officer.
The brand, founded by Scottish designer Christopher and his sister Tammy in 2006, is set to have a new head for the third time since 2013, with Nikolas moving up from the position of strategic marketing and media director. He will start his new role on Wednesday (12Oct16), reporting to Jean-Francois Palus, group managing director of Christopher Kane’s parent company Kering.
“His mission will be to accelerate the brand’s international expansion while, together with Christopher and Tammy Kane, further strengthening its distinctive identity,” Kering said in a statement.
Kering acquired shares of the brand in January 2013, taking over 51 per cent of it.
Nikolas takes over from Sarah Crook, who was CEO for two years and saw Christopher open his debut flagship store in London, and broaden his label’s leather pieces. Kering confirmed Sarah is leaving the brand and praised her work over the years in helping bring Christopher Kane to the forefront in Asia and Europe. She was also the person who helped establish the fashion house’s e-commerce platform.
Before Sarah it was Alexandre de Brettes as CEO, who was also tapped by Kering like Nikolas has been. He had been the director of financial communications and market intelligence at Kering.
Christopher Kane recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, with the designer launching a line of sweatshirts to mark the occasion. He also recently added foam footwear Cros to his offerings in the hope that it will bring new fans in.
“Crocs are great, I love them,” he told WWD. “Obviously people do like them, and that’s a different customer that I want to grab. I want to include everyone and not be a snob.”