NEW YORK — Brooks Brothers has elevated and expanded the responsibilities of two longtime executives, Eraldo Poletto and Lou Amendola. The moves support the company's global expansion and new product initiatives.

Poletto, who was chief merchandising officer, has been named president of strategic development and international business. In his new position, Poletto, who joined Brooks Bros. in 2001, will direct the company's strategic initiatives, including aggressive international expansion. The retailer plans to open a store in Edinburgh in mid-fall.

The role of chief merchandising officer is being filled by Amendola, who was previously executive vice president. Amendola, a 10-year veteran of the retailer, will lead the design and merchandising teams, as well as oversee brand-related marketing functions such as advertising and public relations.

"I am confident these talented individuals will ensure our future growth," said Claudio Del Vecchio, Brooks Bros. chairman and chief executive officer.

Brooks Bros. will sell its first designer collection, created by Thom Browne, called Black Fleece, in September.

There also is a new Country Club retail concept for active resortwear for resort communities. In addition, Brooks Bros. is opening women's-only stores, which it considers a growth opportunity.

Adjacent men's and women's stores will open in Southampton, N.Y., in June. A store in Newport, R.I., is bowing this weekend. Brooks Bros. in November will unveil a full-line unit at 1930 Broadway on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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