Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down, Perigold Adds New Industry Brands, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

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Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down

Neela Montgomery is officially departing from her role as chief executive officer at Crate and Barrel. Montgomery reportedly told the board of her intention to do so at the end of last year. “It has been a pleasure to lead these amazing brands at Crate and CB2,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We have accelerated their strategic and operational capabilities as a digitally-forward, innovative retailer now positioned for the future. This is a passionate, talented team with a great platform for continued success. I thank them for their commitment and as I take on new challenges, I look forward to seeing their future achievements.” Her last day will be August 1.

Perigold Adds

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Fashion Influencers Are Driving an Interiors Boom. How Are Home Brands Responding?

“A lot of people in fashion don’t understand that you can’t easily gift a rug or table. It doesn’t work the same as it does for a dress or a pair of shoes.”

Home is where the #content is — or so wrote Hilary George-Parkin in a 2017 Fashionista story titled, “Why Fashion Bloggers Are Evolving Into Home Decor Influencers.”

Three years later, may I ask: Why were once-strictly-fashion-adjacent influencers venturing into more home-furnished pastures? 

George-Parkin’s reporting is certainly worth revisiting in its own right, but for the interest of this piece, I’ll say the gist was this: With the influencer class having, well, influenced our clothing and accessories to a certain degree of satisfaction, our homes became their next logical frontier with which to express their particular stamps of style.

With the help of an affiliate link or 15, these professional tastemakers have come to establish themselves as bona

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4 British Home Design Brands You Can Shop on This Side of the Atlantic

Say “cheerio” to your new favorite decorating style. British design is making its way across the pond, bringing classic elegance and refined comforts to this side of the Atlantic. The aesthetic leans traditional, but modern materials and updated silhouettes make English-inspired interiors feel fresh, not stuffy. Rita Konig, an English interior designer and tastemaker who has clients in America, shares ways to make a room feel English.

  • Focus on Comfort: “The first thing I think of when it comes to English interiors is comfort—dogs and children and a soft, squishy sofa,” Konig says.

  • Try Brown in Your Color Scheme: Brown furniture, such as a chest of drawers, anchors a room. “You can find something beautifully made and lovely at a thrift shop that will always work somewhere.”

  • Look to Grandma’s Collection: “Accumulation is in the British DNA,” Konig says. “We’re not into buying a look or chucking things out.

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Small Brands We’re Supporting Now

As a fashion editor, I’m endlessly inspired by small fashion brands that I look to for new ideas and fresh takes on style. Young and independent designers truly keep me thinking forward by constantly evolving what’s coming next in fashion—providing me with moments of creativity and ways to reimagine my personal style.

Since many small businesses are going through hard times right now, I think it’s more important than ever to rally around them and lend our support, and it’s been wonderful to know others feel the same way. I’ve had a number of people reaching out to me, asking how they can help keep smaller fashion businesses afloat during these tough times, so I’m putting my ideas in one place. Ahead, I’m sharing small fashion brands you can support right now and the ways many of them are already giving back.

Laura Lombardi

The brand: Brooklyn-based designer Laura Lombardi

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