By  on December 14, 2010

Neiman Marcus, in a sweeping realignment of the responsibilities of its top merchants, has put senior vice president and general merchandise manager Jonathan Joselove in charge of designer sportswear, couture, handbags, women’s shoes and accessories.

Ann Stordahl, executive vice president and general merchandise manager, will oversee precious jewelry, designer jewelry and beauty. For many years, Stordahl handled all women’s apparel, including designer sportswear and couture, intimate apparel, coats and furs, while Joselove oversaw beauty, coats, handbags, ladies shoes and accessories.

In addition, Lisa Kazor, senior vice president and gmm, will be responsible for designer II, which is Neiman’s designation for bridge sportswear; St. John; contemporary sportswear; dress collections; furs; coats; intimate apparel, and children’s. Previously, she had the gift galleries, precious jewelry, designer jewelry, intimate apparel and children’s.

Russ Patrick, senior vice president and gmm, will be responsible for men’s, gift galleries and the Cusp division, which operates freestanding stores and shops inside Neiman’s stores, both of which sell contemporary sportswear and accessories. Patrick previously oversaw men’s and Cusp. Neiman’s is examining Cusp to see whether it becomes a rollout strategy or not.

The organizational shifts represent the first major changes enacted by Jim Gold, president of the specialty retail group of the Neiman Marcus Group, which includes the Neiman Marcus chain and Bergdorf Goodman. Gold has been president since October and was previously president and chief executive officer of Bergdorf’s.

Joselove, Stordahl, Kazor and Patrick all report to Gold.

Ken Downing, Neiman’s senior vice president and fashion director, now reports to Gold, instead of Stordahl.

“This team of merchant leaders is among the best in our industry. They are each experienced, talented, creative individuals, and by adjusting their areas of responsibility, the company will benefit from a set of fresh perspectives,” Gold said.

Neiman’s is recovering from the recession. After losing much volume, business is picking up again and merchants have been broadening the offering to provide more options to consumers and create a better balance of opening middle and high price points from its designer matrix.

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