Carven’s commercial director Julien Labat will join Edun, the ethical men’s and womenswear brand founded by Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, as chief executive on May 1.
Current chief executive Janice Sullivan is stepping down from the role, which she has held since 2009, to pursue other business interests, including working as a consultant for Edun investors LVMH.
Labat, who joined Carven in May 2009, will report to the Edun board in Dublin and lead a plan to develop the brand’s global distribution in key international markets, managing production in Africa and overseeing the design and production team in New York.
He will work alongside Edun’s creative director, former Alexander Wang head designer Danielle Sherman, who joined in 2013.
Edun was founded by the U2 musician and his wife in 2005 with the aim of encouraging trade and manufacturing in Africa. In 2009 luxury goods house LVMH took a minority stake in the business but did not give any financial details or specify the size of the stake.
Edun is sold worldwide through the likes of Galeries Lafayette, Colette and Neiman Marcus, as well as in the UK through Matches Fashion, MyTheresa and Liberty. The brand will also be available on Net-a-Porter from autumn 2015.