Premium women’s denim brand MiH has hired Beverly Hill for the new position of chief executive. She starts on October 6.
Hill joins from British premium womenswear brand Issa, where she has been chief executive for two years. She has worked at, among others, Elle Macpherson Intimates lingerie supplier Bendon, Armani distributor Club 21, Donna Karan International and Polo Ralph Lauren-owned lifestyle brand Club Monaco.
MiH was set up seven years ago by Chloe Lonsdale. She was later joined by her partner Johan Quintus. It is a modern interpretation of Made in Heaven jeans, an influential British jeans brand set up in the 1960s by Chloe’s godfather. With Hill’s arrival, Lonsdale and Quintus will move to the roles of chief creative officer and chief operating officer respectively.
MiH says it is focusing on establishing itself as a leading global denim brand and Hill will manage international expansion, developing the retail business and expanding the ready-to-wear offer.
“We are extremely excited to have Beverly join the team at such a critical point in the business,” said Lonsdale. “Her experience in commercial expansion, both in the UK and internationally, and her connection with our product - being a true denim girl at heart - made her a natural fit.”
Hill has an impressive commercial record. During her tenure at Issa London the womenswear brand opened its first freestanding store in Tokyo with a franchise partner and signed a 10-store deal in the Middle East. At Club Monaco, she managed the European launch in 2011 into 67 doors, including Galeries Lafayette in France and Breuninger in Germany. As international sales director of Donna Karan International, Hill grew her division by more than 700% in two years.
“MiH is a company doing all the right things. I feel privileged to join them at a time when we are experiencing such strong retail sell-throughs and there is so much love for the brand,” Hill said. “I particularly look forward to creating an MiH retail experience and, in future, developing franchising and licensing partnerships.”
Issa chief operating officer Richard Aldington added: “After two years with the Issa brand Beverly has left to explore a new opportunity and we wish her every success. We have no further details to release on a successor at this time.”