Women's Wear Daily

Tatler Bulks Up Editorial Team

LONDON — Tatler has appointed Emma Elwick-Bates editor at large, while Harriet Verney has become fashion features editor, effective immediately. Both will report to Richard Dennen, Tatler’s editor. An announcement is expected on Monday. “Emma and Harriet bring fashion credentials to Tatler, a magazine that has always covered the fashionable world,” said Dennen. Both Elwick-Bates and Verney will write and create fashion content across all Tatler platforms. Elwick-Bates was the former fashion news editor at American Vogue and was previously style editor at British Vogue. Verney was the former senior editor at Love magazine. Elsewhere on the masthead, British Vogue veteran Serena Hood joins Tatler as contributing style editor, while Sarajane Hoare and Mimi Wade have been named contributing fashion editors. Lady Amelia Windsor, a granddaughter of the Duke of Kent, and Anaïs Gallagher, a daughter of Noel Gallagher and Meg Matthews, have both become contributing fashion editors for tatler.com.

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Etam Sells China Ready-to-Wear Operations to Hong Kong Investor

BEIJING — French clothing group Etam Group has agreed to sell its Chinese ready-to-wear operations to a Hong Kong-based investor, Jinguo Zhou, with immediate effect, an announcement Sunday said. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The statement called Zhou, who is the chief executive officer of Jaoboo Fashion Group International, an experienced industry expert. Laurent Milchior, chief executive officer of Etam Group, said: “As we enter a new stage of development, we believe Mr. Zhou is ideally positioned to take Etam’s ready-to-wear business in China to the next level. With Mr. Zhou’s experience, Etam’s ready-to-wear brands can continue to grow and reach more customers across China.” Zhou added: “With Etam’s strong customer base, its brand heritage and our expertise in China, I am confident we have a bright future ahead of us.” Headquartered in Shanghai, Etam’s China rtw operations include four women’s wear brands with 1,600 points of sales across 300 cities, in addition to an online presence on leading Chinese platforms. BDA Partners served as the sole financial adviser to Etam Group on the transaction, while law firm Sidley Austin served as its legal adviser.

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L.O.N.B. Launches in the U.S.

DALLAS —London luxury leather brand L.O.N.B. made its Stateside debut last week at a luncheon hosted by Bagsnob blogger Tina Craig at Grange Hall. The 25 guests included Nancy Rogers, flashing a step-cut diamond the size of a postage stamp, Moll Anderson, Lisa Street, Deborah Scott, Amanda Richard and Maxine Trowbridge. Richard bought a $1,500 coated linen tote on the spot. “She is so talented, I want to support her,” she said. L.O.N.B. stands for “love or nothing, baby,” said creative director Melissa Morris. “It means do something with all your love or not at all,” she explained. Morris, whose résumé includes executive roles at Belstaff and Helmut Lang, cofounded the brand with former Labelux Group chief executive officer Reinhard Mieck. They devoted three years to research and development, unveiling the collection last year in a flagship in London’s Mayfair district. Celebrities who have carried L.O.N.B. bags include Kate Moss, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig and Liv Tyler. The company is now open to selling via select retailers, Morris said. “We’ve had a great first year, and now we’re feeling confident to start expanding,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of business from Americans.” Designed for versatility and ease of use, L.O.N.B.’s bags and luggage are handmade in

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