VF Corp. has tapped one of its own, Karen Murray, to serve as president of its sportswear coalition.
With this promotion, Murray, who joined VF last September as president of the Nautica Men's Sportswear and Nautica Jeans Co. business, will oversee both the Nautica and Kipling businesses in the U.S.
VF has yet to name a replacement for Murray in her former post and has not pinpointed when that might happen, according to a company spokeswoman.
Murray was not available for comment Thursday. She assumes a post vacated by Denise Seegal, who left the firm in May. Seegal exited less than a month after VF revealed plans to close Nautica's women's sportswear business. At that time, sources speculated Murray would be Seegal's likely successor.
VF's sportswear coalition also includes the John Varvatos business, which is led by Varvatos, who reports to Eric Wiseman, president and chief executive officer, the spokeswoman said.
Murray and Seegal worked together at Liz Claiborne. Prior to joining VF, Murray logged 15 years at Liz Claiborne, most recently as group president for men's wear, midtier, international alliances and licensing.
At VF, Murray reports to Wiseman. On Thursday, Wiseman touched upon her rapid ascension: "A proven leader with a track record of success in men's sportswear, Karen has demonstrated exceptional leadership since joining VF and has brought fresh perspectives and energy to the business. I have great confidence in the improvements Karen's team is making in Nautica sportswear, and in her ability to execute our long-term vision for the coalition."
While there will be the typical exchange of ideas between Murray's department and VF's newly formed contemporary brand coalition, she will not be responsible for the latter. Earlier this month, the Greensboro, N.C.-based manufacturing giant acquired one-third of the capital stock of Mo Industries Holdings Inc., owner of the Splendid and Ella Moss women's labels. VF's contemporary brand coalition was founded last July when the company acquired premium denim brand Seven For All Mankind and women's active lifestyle company Lucy Activewear for an estimated $885 million.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast