Mark Walsh, chief executive officer of Bob’s Stores and a principal of Versa Capital, has been named ceo of Versa’s new Vestis Retail Group in a consolidation of the private equity firm’s Bob’s and Eastern Mountain Sports retail assets.
With the combination of Bob’s and EMS into a single operating entity, Will Manzer has stepped down as ceo of Bob’s and will serve as a consultant to the company during a transition. EMS, a 68-unit outdoor retailer with stores in 12 Eastern states, will close its distribution center, resulting in a loss of about 110 jobs, with warehouse and distribution functions to be centralized in Bob’s facilities in Meriden, Conn.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styles by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
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