Vagabond is opening its first German store in the Alexa shopping mall of Berlin next Sept. 12.

Stuart Weitzman has opened his first two retail stores in Beijing, possibly paving the way for others elsewhere in China.

Manas has opened its first Chinese store at The Place in Beijing, using its new interior displays made of recycled cardboard, with a goal to set up a network of 105 stores in the country.

Barker, which has had a certain success with its higher-end Barker Black collection in Harrods and in several American department stores, is opening its first Chinese store in Beijing.

Kirby Lohff is named president and chief operating officer of Olly Shoes, a Canadian retailer of children’s shoes in the USA and Canada.

William Lamb names Matthew Sims as its first web development manager, with responsibility for creating a dedicated website with a variety of functions.

LVMH appoints Vispi Patel as group director of LVMH India .

Deborah Gargiulo, former chief financial officer for Jones Apparel’s better apparel segment, has been hired as chief financial officer of Skins, the new American brand of interchangeable footwear.

Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, the board director and creative director at Kurt Geiger, is named to Management Today’s list of «Top 35 Women Under 35».

Action Sports, which has had good relations with GBMI in the past, has taken on the distribution in Germany of its licensed 7 for all Mankind and Sean John shoe collections as well as of Cushe, an English footwear brand.

The Lifestyle Company of Michel Roueau, which already represents Grendene and Fred Perry in France, has taken on the distribution of Ben Sherman in the country.

Richard Turner, SATRA’s chief executive, is named to the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s board of directors.

CTCP, which stands for the Technological Footwear Center of Portugal, will deliver a 1-year certificate of environmental compliance, called Biocalce, for footwear whose leather has not been treated with toxic substances.

Overturning a lower court’s decision, an appeals court in Paris has granted the right of Louis Vuitton to keep its flagship store on the Champs-Elysées open on Sundays because its art exhibitions and other services favor «recreational and cultural» activities, beyond any pure trading functions.