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3 May

Latest Guards Group Forms Latest Division NGG++ to Operate

MILAN — Farfetch on Wednesday is launching its European partnership with Reebok, following the agreement last 12 months with the brand’s owner, Authentic Brands Group.

Latest Guards Group has created a latest division, NGG++, now home to Reebok as its operating partner in Europe. Reebok’s luxury collections and collaborations developed by NGG++, as an alternative, will likely be distributed globally.

Cristiano Fagnani has been promoted chief executive officer of NGG++. A Nike veteran for twenty years, Fagnani joined Latest Guards Group in January 2020 as chief marketing officer.

While it is going to have a concentrate on Reebok, the division is predicted to speed up business growth of all Latest Guards Group brands, and potentially outside brands seeking to expand into the sportswear and sneaker business.

NGG is home to 11 international brands: Marcelo Burlon County of Milan, Palm Angels, Unravel Project, Heron Preston, Alanui, Kirin Peggy Gou, Ambush and There Was One. It’s also the licensee of Off-White.

NGG++ is taking over the Reebok-branded retail stores and e-commerce operations and can drive wholesale distribution for footwear, sportswear and activewear for men, women and kids.

It’s conceived to create opportunities for Reebok through luxury collaborations and latest high-end product designed in Milan and produced in Italy.

Adidas sold Reebok to Authentic Brands Group in 2021 for two.1 billion euros, and NGG owner Farfetch Ltd. inked a deal that might make it the core operating partner for Reebok across Europe. Farfetch also secured global rights to make a premium line for Reebok of apparel and sneakers and collaborations.

“We’re delighted to be working with Authentic to reboot such a beloved heritage brand,” said José Neves, Farfetch founder, chairman and CEO.Reebok has great potential to expand into the luxurious space, reigniting its loyal customer base and capturing the imagination of a latest luxury global audience.”

Neves praised the “astute and energetic guidance” of Fagnani and his team, touting that “this partnership will unlock huge value for the brand and for Farfetch. Launching the partnership with Reebok is a vital execution milestone in Farfetch’s plans for 2023.”

Together, NGG++ and the Farfetch Platform Solutions teams “have ensured Reebok’s wholesale and e-commerce operations are up and running on time and on budget. We look ahead to delivering on further milestones for Reebok throughout our partnership,” concluded Neves.

Farfetch is expecting the brand so as to add $250 million to $300 million in business this 12 months. 

In an interview at NGG’s offices in Milan, Fagnani recalled that Virgil Abloh connected him to the group and that he has been fast friends with Burlon for twenty years. Fagnani has rubbed shoulders with designers for many of his skilled life, from Jerry Lorenzo to Riccardo Tisci, Matthew Williams and Kim Jones, back in the times at Nike. It’s a familiarity that helps him on this latest phase of his profession, as he raises the style content and positioning of Reebok, after constructing the marketing team for NGG, hiring about 70 people in three years, working across the various brands, and accelerating the direct-to-consumer business.

“A 12 months and a half ago trying to check the long run of the platform, sitting with [NGG cofounder] Davide [De Giglio], we discussed how the group, after growing and becoming a company, could maintain its energy, proceed to be open, receptive and free, beyond the pressure of every day business,” Fagnani recalled.

Cristiano Fagnani

“We realized that some areas and categories had a variety of equity but that there was slow growth in sneakers and sportswear and we thought we must always reclaim them for us with a more precise standpoint and commitment, investing to capitalize on them and to stay current somewhat than leaving equity to others,” said Fagnani, who cautioned against collaborations per se, which will be “traps if you happen to don’t leave room for anything.”

The group realized that there was an interesting opportunity to grow the business of sneakers and sportswear, counting on the expansive data of Farfetch, “which interacts with tens of millions of fashion consumers,” noted Fagnani.

He underscored that NGG++ was arrange before the arrival of Reebok. “Should you confide in the long run, the long run arrives,” he contended. “We created space for newness, opened up in uncharted territory.”

Fagnani believes NGG++ “has the vision to redefine the space between sport and culture to empower movement and create latest expressions of favor. Sportswear and luxury will not be in juxtaposition, they’ll and needs to be one and the identical. At NGG++ we now have the vision and know-how to generate and push this mindset in our consumers and community that goes beyond anything that has ever been done within the industry.”

The conversation with Authentic was initiated since the latter was “searching for a partnership to administer the head of Reebok, the high-end fashion and collaborations,” Fagnani explained.

By the tip of the 12 months, Fagnani will construct a team of around 200 people in Milan and he’s “replatforming” the back end of operations.

Fifty percent of Reebok’s sales are derived from digital channels and the remainder from wholesale. The brand is obtainable at around 2,000 doors in Europe and thru greater than 500 luxury distributors.

Fagnani said that “the NGG++ label was alleged to be a working title, but Neves, who’s an engineer, liked it as ‘++’ is utilized in coding if you increase the dimensions of something, type of like a fractal and it remained the name of the project.”

“Helping streetwear brands evolve into latest luxury and lifestyle houses is a component of our core skill set,” said De Giglio, CEO of NGG. Along with generating significant revenues, this partnership will help us further support our existing brands and nurture latest talent.…Under Cristiano, NGG++ will create something unexpected, inspirational and profitable, while also promoting diversity, inclusion and sustainability.”

Todd Krinsky, CEO of Reebok, said he has been “incredibly impressed with the energy, passion and opportunities” the NGG and Farfetch teams “have already dropped at the table. Our concept sneakers with Botter x HP that debuted at Paris Fashion Week earlier this 12 months were an awesome indicator of all that’s to return and we are able to’t wait to give you the option to introduce more game-changing collaborations and innovations that can further Reebok’s global appeal and elevate the brand’s legacy.”

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