Cohen, an industry veteran whose background includes Robert Talbott, Ermenegildo Zegna and St. John, had been vice president of business development for Saks since January 2012. He concentrated primarily on the development of Saks’ private men’s brands but also worked on other brand development initiatives for the company.
Cohen was brought into the company by Frasch, so his exit is not surprising.
Reached by telephone while he was traveling in China, Cohen confirmed his departure and said he will disclose his next move in early October.
Hill-Treadway served as vice president of sourcing and brand management at Saks and had also worked at American Eagle Outfitters Inc.’s 77 Kids division as well as Gap Inc. and Kellwood Co. She was brought into Saks by Cohen and could not be reached for comment about her plans.
A spokesman from Saks confirmed the departures and said that Tom Ott, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear for the company, is now overseeing the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection.
Cohen was instrumental in the expansion of the men’s private brand, which was launched in 2009 and has grown into the retailer’s largest-selling men’s label. That success spawned the development of a women’s private brand collection as well. Earlier this year, the line was renamed and segmented into Black, White and Platinum subbrands. The higher-priced Black and Platinum products are being designed by Kim Herring, who worked with Cohen at Ermenegildo Zegna, while the sportswear-centric White label is being designed by Rhett Bonnett, a fledgling men’s wear designer who also produces a line under his own name. Both men are still involved with the label.
There is speculation that the design staff could change once the HBC merger is completed later this year. Joseph Abboud, who designs Lord & Taylor’s successful Black Brown 1826 brand — now a business in excess of $100 million — may either be put in charge of design of the Saks private brand or an upscale version of the Black Brown brand may be added to the Saks offering. Lord & Taylor is a division of Hudson’s Bay Co.
Abboud and HBC ceo Richard Baker were seen walking through the men’s department at the Saks flagship last week, fueling the rumors.
Abboud was traveling in Europe and could not be reached for comment.
“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
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