ST. LOUIS—Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has agreed to purchase a majority interest in Paul Wilmot Communications, a New York-based firm with a roster of high fashion and lifestyle clients including Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Sean John, and the American Ballet Theater.
The firm agency will continue to serve clients under the Paul Wilmot brand, and will work with Fleishman-Hillard to expand that brand to other strategic markets. Initial markets under consideration include
Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed.
Wilmot joined Calvin Klein in 1985 as senior vice president for public relations and communications worldwide, and was the company's chief information officer for nearly eight years. In 1992, he joined Vogue magazine as director of public relations and communications and two years later took on the additional post of vice president of public relations for Vogue’s parent company, Conde Nast Publications, reporting to president and CEO Steven Florio.
In 1997, Wilmot joined forces with two former Calvin Klein colleagues, Stormy Stokes and Ridgely Brode, to create Paul Wilmot Communications. In 2007, Kate Doerge and Hampton Carney, both founding employees, were made partners in the firm. Today, the agency has a staff of 35, and serves clients through five divisions: fashion; beauty and wellness; accessories; culture and lifestyle; and special events.