Top fashion firms donate to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales a…

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.

Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Many celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, and Elton John, have made generous donations towards helping the firefighters and saving the wildlife, and now, bosses at fashion conglomerates Kering, PVH Corp., and Tapestry, Inc. have all announced their contributions.

A representative for Kering, which is headed by Francois-Henri Pinault and is the parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, has confirmed the company will donate $685,000 (£525,00), the equivalent of AUD $1 million.

“These funds will be provided to the most appropriate local organisations selected by the group’s sustainability experts,” they said. “Additional initiatives will also be undertaken by various brands in solidarity with the Australian people. In the longer term, Kering plans to participate in future reforestation and biodiversity programmes.”

Meanwhile, officials at PVH, which oversee brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, are donating $68,000 (£52,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund, as are bosses at Tapestry, the owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

“Our hearts go out to the countless number of people affected by the bushfires,” said Jide Zeitlin, Tapestry’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While what has been lost cannot be replaced, we want to help the affected communities repair and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.”

Closer to home, Australian designer Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales online and in-store for the next seven days to the NSW Rural Fire Service, while New Zealand-based fashion star Karen Walker is supporting charities including Wildlife Victoria, the RSPCA, and Red Cross.

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Stuart Weitzman executive sues Tapestry over sexual harassment claims

A senior Stuart Weitzman employee has filed a lawsuit against Tapestry, Inc and one of its former creative directors over sexual harassment allegations.Last week (ends27May18), bosses at shoe brand Weitzman, owned by parent company Tapestry, announced …

A senior Stuart Weitzman employee has filed a lawsuit against Tapestry, Inc and one of its former creative directors over sexual harassment allegations.

Last week (ends27May18), bosses at shoe brand Weitzman, owned by parent company Tapestry, announced that Giovanni Morelli had parted ways, citing issues with his behaviour in the workplace.

Now, details of how Morelli apparently “fell short” of standards have emerged, with Weitzman’s vice president of product development footwear, Thomas Gibb, alleging in documents filed in a Manhattan state court that the designer had repeatedly harassed him.

In the complaint, Gibb stated that he had endured “unwanted touchings” and an “endless” stream of sexually explicit comments from Morelli.

The harassment allegedly included “sexually charged conversation and innuendo into the workplace, making those around him, including Mr. Gibb, extremely uncomfortable”.

Further, Gibb claimed that during a design team meeting in Spain, Morelli constantly touched his body and legs, drew “vulgar and obscene drawings” on a whiteboard in his office and also asked him whether he would “ever consider not being straight?”

The court documents also stated that Gibb had complained about Morelli’s behaviour to Weitzman’s human resources department but his “complaints were ignored entirely”. He is seeking an unspecified amount of damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

Morelli has not yet commented on the lawsuit. However, a Tapestry representative told The Hollywood Reporter: “While we historically have not commented on pending litigation, we can confirm that the Wigdor firm, representing Mr. Gibb, wrote to our General Counsel on May 15, 2018. On that date, the Company commenced an investigation which ultimately resulted in the announcement on May 21, 2018, regarding the resignation of Giovanni Morelli.”

Morelli joined Weitzman as creative director in May 2017 and presented his first two collections in February.

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