Tommy Fazio, men’s fashion director of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, is resigning to become president of Spurr, a youthful designer men’s wear brand.
Fazio will start his new job on Oct. 1. Neiman Marcus declined to comment on whether he would be replaced.
“To leave a position like mine, you really have to focus on where you think the growth can be,” Fazio said. “With the right attention, time and people, I know Simon [Spurr] can be the next big American designer. He’s got a sensibility and a style about him that is just who we all want to be. His collection this season is far superior to any of his previous.”
Spurr’s spring collection has generated a buzz for its elevated sophistication and elegance.
Simon Spurr and his business partner, Judd Nydes, launched Spurr exclusively at Bergdorf’s in fall 2006 with three styles of jeans. The label consists of a full range of denim, sportswear, suits and accessories such as bags and ties. Additional retailers include Barneys New York, Scoop, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. The label is in 21 doors this fall.
“They came to me in March 2006, we put it in the [Bergdorf’s] magazine and the windows, helped them with the merchandising, and I quickly noticed Simon’s taste and eye for growing a brand,” Fazio said. “I love growing brands. Now that they decided to take it global, they need a president to drive the business, and I am honored and proud to be that person.”
Judd Nydes, chief executive officer of Spurr, said Fazio “will help us rapidly transition from an early-stage venture to a scaled business.”
Spurr is one of the 10 finalists for the 2009 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award.
Fazio has been Bergdorf’s men’s fashion director since 2005. He took on parallel responsibilities for the Neiman Marcus Group in June in a reorganization of the group’s fashion office. Fazio assumed the duties of Colby McWilliams, who retired from Neiman Marcus as vice president and men’s fashion director in May. One of his duties at Bergdorf’s has been the creative direction of the private label collections.
Under Fazio, Bergdorf Goodman Men was a key partner in developing brands such as Tom Ford, Thom Browne and Michael Bastian. (Bastian was Fazio’s predecessor as fashion director.) Fazio also sought to attract younger customers by increasing the emphasis on denim and on young “downtown” designers.
Before joining Bergdorf’s, Fazio worked for a year at Hickey Freeman, developing the younger hickey label, and spent five years at Calvin Klein as vice president of sales and marketing for men’s.
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