Michael Jardine, founder and “chief dreamer” of Brando Eyewear, has a knack for attracting experienced professionals, the same as with Brando's parent company, Mondottica International, which he continues to steer separately as its chairman.
Julian Clarke has been appointed global commercial director of Brando Eyewear. The U.K.-based industry veteran was previously the international head of sales for Cutler & Gross. He will work with a newly appointed commercial director for the Asia-Pacific region, Arnaud Dubord. Based in Hong Kong, Dubord has worked for Dita Eyewear as managing director for Asia.
Both positions are new. They have been created in preparation for the launch of Brando's first two collections, named after the designers Alyson Magee and Serge Kirchhofer, at the Silmo fair in Paris next September.
They will be followed in 2017 by a new line named after Philippe Chevallier, who designed sunglasses for the runway shows of major couture houses in Paris in the late ‘sixties and ‘seventies. Jardine has owned the trademarks for some time and recently located the designer himself, who is now collaborating with Brando's design team on the new collection.