Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, has been given a prestigious award by the president of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. The «Grande Ufficiale» award recognizes Arnault’s long-standing and dynamic entrepreneurial activities, and the way in which he has invested in Italian fashion, respecting its creativity and cultural roots. The reference was mainly to Fendi, but RossiModa and other Italian properties can also be cited.


Philip Luckett, executive chairman of Dunkelman & Son, has been elected as the new chairman of the British Footwear Association, succeeding Paul Sargent who will remain on the board. Dunkelman is one of the two major suppliers of shoe care products in the UK. Sargent spent 17 years as president of the former British Footwear Manufacturers Federation and then, after the change of its name in 1996, as chairman of the BFA, drawing unanimous praise. Andrew Loake, managing director of Loake Brothers, will act as vice chairman, filling a new position. Niall Campbell remains as chief executive of the organization, but he has agreed to reduce his working time from five days a week to a flexible 3-day week schedule.