By  on July 2, 2010

LONDON — Bergdorf Goodman’s Scott Tepper will be crossing the Atlantic next month to take up the post of head of buying for external brands at the British footwear retailer Kurt Geiger.

Tepper, who is senior buyer for European and Advanced Collections within Salon Shoes at Bergdorf’s, will take up his new post on Aug. 16, and lead a 10-member buying team. An announcement is expected today.

He will report to Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, buying and creative director at the privately owned retailer, which sells Kurt Geiger footwear and brands including Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. Kurt Geiger operates freestanding stores and shop-in-shops at department stores including Harrods, Selfridges, Brown Thomas, Liberty, La Rinascente and Printemps.

“We have known Scott for many years, and regard him as one of the best in the luxury footwear and accessories marketplace,” said Neil Clifford, chief executive officer of Kurt Geiger, who added Tepper’s appointment signaled the retailer’s “continued commitment” to the luxury end of its business. “We want to accelerate growth in our luxury business over the next 12 to 18 months,” he said.

Clifford said the retailer has been seeing double-digit growth at Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty for its luxury external brands. It will be expanding its men’s space at Harrods, and its women’s space at Selfridges over the next year.

In a telephone interview from New York, Tepper said he’s excited by the breadth of department stores he’ll be working with, and by all the designer brands in the Kurt Geiger portfolio.

Before joining Bergdorf Goodman, Tepper was fashion director, apparel and accessories, at Henri Bendel.

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