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INNER BEAUTY: Tim Brasher, chief executive officer of Australian beauty brand Jurlique, is poised to take over as ceo of Italian lingerie brand La Perla, WWD has learned. His appointment is due to become effective in the fall, following the departure of previous ceo Alain Prost. In the interim, Jeff Hansen, president of La Perla and a partner in San Francisco-based private equity fund JH Partners LLC, which took over the company in 2008, is at the helm.
La Perla on Thursday presented its second collection of lingerie designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, in addition to his debut beachwear line for the brand. Hansen this week held talks with Puig, the new majority owner of Gaultier, over whether to continue the collaboration, scheduled to end after this season. “My idea originally was to maybe have it be a little bit of a rotating capsule collection with different designers every couple of seasons, so we need to figure out whether or not we want to make it a long-term partnership with Gaultier or perhaps introduce somebody else,” Hansen said.
Manuel Puig, vice chairman of the Barcelona-based beauty and fashion firm, said lingerie was a natural fit for the Gaultier brand. “We would like it to continue,” he said of the collaboration.