MADEWELL EAST: Madewell opened its first store on the East Coast this week at The Mall at Short Hills, in New Jersey. The brand continues to seek a Manhattan location and so far has stores in NorthPark Center in Dallas; the Century City Mall in Los Angeles; The Domain in Austin, Tex., and at Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas. The Madewell brand, a collection of casual sportswear, accessories and footwear with an attitude that’s sexier and edgier than most, is the invention of Millard “Mickey” Drexler, chairman and chief executive officer of J. Crew Group, and is inspired by the former New Bedford, Mass., workwear company that bore the name. “We have been thinking long and hard about the perfect location for a new Madewell store and felt that Short Hills was the ideal place,” Drexler said in a statement. “Short Hills has an energy, ease and style where everyone would love Madewell,” said Kin Lee, Madewell’s head designer.
URBAN APPOINTS CEO: Urban Outfitters Inc. has promoted Glen Senk to the newly created position of chief executive officer. During a quarterly conference call in March, the retailer said Senk, who was then president of the company’s Anthropologie business and an executive vice president of Urban Outfitters, would likely be named the group’s ceo overseeing those two brands as well as its Free People collection. Richard Hayne retains his position as president and chairman of the company. When Senk joined Urban Outfitters in 1994, Anthropologie had only one store. Today, there are 95 Anthropologie stores. “Glen is a gifted merchant and has earned the right to lead our three brands,” said Hayne in a statement.
This story first appeared in the May 24, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.