By  on April 5, 2006

NEW YORK — Charles M. Jayson has been named president and chief executive officer of Andrew Marc, the designer women's and men's leather and cloth outerwear manufacturer.

Andrew Marc Schwartz, the 47-year-old founder of Andrew Marc, previously held those titles and will move up to chairman.

Jayson, 48, resigned last week as president and ceo of Dickson North America, a post he held since 1999.

In his new role, Jayson is expected to lead Andrew Marc's growth and expansion in its core outerwear businesses, while developing new product categories and markets and expanding the company into a global lifestyle brand. Andrew Marc took its first step toward that goal in February when it launched a handbag line that will begin retailing for fall.

Jayson will work closely with Schwartz and his wife, Suzanne Schwartz, 45, executive vice president, who leads design, merchandising and the imagery of the Andrew Marc brand, together with their investment partner, GB Merchant Partners, a division of Gordon Brothers Group, which took a major equity interest in the company in 2004.

Jayson couldn't be reached at press time, but said in a statement, "Andrew and Suzanne have done a terrific job creating an important business that is relevant, aspirational, trend right with high standards." He said their heritage in upscale leather products would lead to a natural expansion into more categories, including other accessories and footwear.

Andrew Marc, founded in 1980, generates wholesale volume in excess of $70 million. An­drew Marc outerwear is sold at stores such as Saks Fifth Av­enue, Bloomingdale's and Nei­man Marcus. Besides its signature label, the company sells outer­wear under the Marc New York brand name, and holds the licenses with Levi's & Co. to market leather and wool outerwear under the Dockers name, as well as leather and cloth outerwear under the Levi's Red Tab and Levi's Premium brand names.

During his tenure at Dickson, Jayson led investment activities in North America and developed relationships with U.S. companies seeking to expand their distribution in Southeast Asia and China. He served as vice chairman of Tommy Hilfiger Handbags and Accessories Inc., for which the Dickson group holds the license in the U.S., as well as chairman of Bertolucci, the luxury watch and jewelry company based in Switzerland, which Dickson acquired last year. He also held the post of vice chairman of S.T. Dupont, the Paris-based men's lifestyle brand, but he no longer held those responsibilities at the time of his resignation from Dickson. Earlier in his career, Jayson was president and co-founder of Oscar de la Renta's bridge business, Oscar.

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