Attire Accessories -Jul/Aug 2018 (Issue 71)

14 ATTIRE Accessories brand A Gift FromThe Gods continues its expansion into the wholesale market with the appointment of experienced sales manager Ryan Sloan.The brand, along with its range of accessories, stationery, jewellery, and loungewear, has been attracting all the right kinds of attention from commercial buyers. This strategic appointment looks set to cement its reputation as a strong wholesale player. Ryan’s varied experience in a range of fashion brand organisations will help to support further strategic growth in the next phase of the A Gift FromThe Gods brand odyssey. Ryan is no stranger to key account sales, having most recently worked with iconic footwear brand Birkenstock.There, he achieved some impressive results, exceeding yearly forecasts and securing a number of new, high-profile accounts. Previously, he worked with a large global apparel and accessories brand, growing and maintaining key international accounts. A dynamic and driven sales professional, Sloan is a natural relationship builder and looks set to bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to his new role. It seems Ryan’s first order of business is to create a robust sales strategy focusing on key accounts and distribution. Ryan says: “I’m delighted to be joining an exciting and dynamic brand just at the right time when it is attracting attention from top buyers. I will be creating a key account sales strategy and developing a network of international distributors.The product portfolio is diverse yet coherent, and there are so many opportunities for the brand. I can’t wait to get started.” Visit A GIFT FROM THE GODS APPOINTS NEW SALES MANAGER RYAN SLOAN TEXTILE INSTITUTE APPOINTS NEW WORLD PRESIDENT The Textile Institute has announced that Katie Greenyer, creative talent and network director at Pentland Brands, has been appointed the world president of the Textile Institute. Greenyer, who started her career as a freelance designer working with the likes Red or Dead, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Benny Ong, Next, Jigsaw, Paul Costello, Dr Martins, French Connection and Ben Sherman, received a host of nominations for the position. Stephanie Dick, CEO of The Textile Institute says: “While Katie’s not the first world president we’ve had from Pentland Brands (Stephen Rubin, chairman, Pentland Group plc, held the position from 2008-09), she’s certainly different from any president we’ve had before. Her vitality and passion for our industry is exactly what we need, and I have no doubt Katie will be a huge success in helping us to recruit talent into the industry, champion our corporate membership, accreditations and recognise and reward outstanding work in textiles.” Visit