NEW YORK — Cheyann Benedict, co-founder and co-president of C&C California, has left the company, and its parent, Liz Claiborne Inc., has appointed Liz Munoz as president of the C&C California brand.
According to a Claiborne spokeswoman, Benedict left to pursue other opportunities. She couldn’t be reached for comment at press time Tuesday.
Benedict and Claire Stansfield, both former actresses, launched C&C California in spring 2003 and dedicated their first collection to the T-shirt, an essential of every woman’s wardrobe. To achieve their aim of making the perfect T-shirt, the two California beach-lovers designed a cotton fabric that was lightweight, soft and ideal for layering.
In 2005, Claiborne acquired C&C California for $28 million, and Stansfield and Benedict stayed on board as co-presidents. Now, with the hiring of Munoz and Benedict’s departure, Stansfield has given up the title of co-president.
“I have a baby, and it was getting to be too much to run the company day-to-day,” said Stansfield. “I am more interested in working on the creative, so Liz coming on board works perfectly. I’ll still be involved with concept and public relations. Liz is a perfect fit. She’s really respectful of my vision…she really gets our brand.”
Munoz will oversee all aspects of the C&C California business and will report to Susan Davidson, group president of Claiborne. In addition to her C&C duties, Munoz will continue in her current role as senior vice president, merchandising and design, at Lucky Brand Jeans. Prior to joining Lucky in 1998, Munoz was vice president of design at Bongo for 11 years.
Munoz will be based at C&C and Lucky headquarters in Los Feliz, Calif.
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