NEW YORK — Joshua Schulman has begun reshaping the team at Bergdorf Goodman by making his first senior-level appointments.
Schulman, who became president of Bergdorf’s in May, on Tuesday named Tracy Margolies senior vice president and general merchandise manager for handbags, women’s shoes, beauty and 5F contemporary ready-to-wear, sportswear and accessories.
He also promoted Elizabeth Hui von der Goltz to senior vice president and general merchandise manager for fine apparel (couture, advanced designer and evening); designer sportswear; bridal; coats; lingerie; swim, and jewelry. John Capizzi has joined Bergdorf’s as vice president and general manager for the women’s and men’s stores.
The changes are due to three recent departures and a desire by Schulman to reorganize management responsibilities to enhance certain categories. The store’s top merchant, Ginny Hershey-Lambert, who was executive vice president of merchandising, left in September. More recently, Aja Passero, a senior vice president and general merchandise manager, left the store. To some extent, Margolies and Hui von der Goltz fill the void left by Hershey-Lambert and Passero.
Margolies rejoins Bergdorf’s from Saks Fifth Avenue, where she was vice president and divisional merchandise manager for women’s shoes since 2005. She started her career at Bergdorf’s in 1996 and rose to vice president and divisional merchandise manager of 5F contemporary sportswear. Hui von der Goltz has been with Bergdorf’s since 2000, last serving as vice president and divisional merchandise manager for couture and advanced designer collections. Earlier in her career, she worked at Barneys New York and Henri Bendel.
Capizzi succeeds Bill Brobston, who was senior vice president and general manager in charge of the operations of both Bergdorf’s women’s and men’s stores, until retiring in October. Capizzi was vice president and general manager of the Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco, and has held similar positions at other Neiman’s stores.
The three executives report to Schulman. “They have a proven track record in luxury,” Schulman said. “Tracy and Elizabeth have a perfect blend of merchandising expertise, business acumen and drive for success, while John brings a deep focus on delivering exceptional customer service and developing high-performing teams.” Further changes in the senior team at Bergdorf’s are likely.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews