LEAVING GUCCI: Charlotte Blechman, Gucci America’s vice president of public relations, will leave the company on Dec. 5 — though she will continue to work on special projects for the brand in the U.S. Blechman started at Gucci in 1995, at the time of Tom Ford’s debut, and by 1998 became its director of worldwide celebrity relations. She moved to Gucci Group’s Yves Saint Laurent division as vice president of public relations in 2001, and returned to Gucci to serve in that role in 2004. At Gucci, Blechman was instrumental in the company’s public relations efforts through the transition to Frida Giannini, the opening of the Fifth Avenue flagship and many charity and cultural events, including the store opening event that benefited UNICEF and Raising Malawi.
Daniella Vitale, president of the American arm of the Italian firm, sent out an internal memo on Monday to reveal Blechman’s resignation. “I want to thank Charlotte for her support, creativity and leadership,” Vitale said. “She has been a strategic partner for me, and [we] could never have accomplished all that we did over the past four years. I have been very fortunate to have her as part of my team but respect this difficult decision.” — Marc Karimzadeh