Apparently, sitting on the sidelines doesn’t sit well with Burt Tansky.
After just five months of retirement in Florida and some adult education courses, Tansky, the former chairman and chief executive officer of the Neiman Marcus Group, has become a senior advisor at Marvin Traub Associates, a new position at the global consulting firm. Tansky will work with MTA’s ceo Marvin Traub and president Morton Singer.
“I will be participating in helping their clients and finding new clients,” Tansky told WWD. He said he’ll work on a project-to-project basis, while Traub said Tansky will work part-time though the situation could evolve. “I have known, liked and admired Burt for over 30 years,” said Traub, the former Bloomingdale’s chairman and ceo. “He is an outstanding merchant who has an exceptional record of building luxury retailing at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, while gaining the respect of luxury brands worldwide. Burt adds a unique retailing and merchandising background to Marvin Traub Associates.”
The job will blend Tansky’s love of traveling with his expertise in the luxury arena, including designers, brands and retailers. Tansky will advise “a targeted number of global companies on their strategy and business development needs,” Traub said. He officially starts his new gig Friday, becoming the only executive on the team with the title senior advisor.
Tansky is expected to travel with Traub to Milan in June, where there will be an event honoring WWD on its 100th birthday, and opportunities to meet with brands, some of which Tansky could help launch in the U.S.
Tansky and Traub are both considered retail industry giants; Tansky for his long successful career in luxury retailing and Traub for elevating Bloomingdale’s into an innovative, contemporary department store, and carving out a second career as an international consultant and deal-maker. They have never worked together before. Tansky continues as non-executive chairman of Neiman Marcus Group, and lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where he is renovating his apartment.
MTA, founded by Traub in 1992, has 25 clients in 11 countries and specializes in business development and strategy focused on fashion brands, retailers, real estate development and financial services in the upscale retail and consumer goods sector.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast