NEW YORK — Scoop, the contemporary retailer, on Wednesday named Susan Davidson president and chief executive officer. She is the second person to take the position in the year since Stefani Greenfield exited the business that she helped found.
Prior to joining Scoop, Davidson was president and ceo of Creative Design Studios, where she worked with Joseph Abboud, Charles Nolan and Jeff Mahshie. CDS’ mission is to invest in and grow new American designers, and orchestrate the proprietary brand business at Lord & Taylor and wholesale the collections as well. CDS, a subsidiary of Lord & Taylor, was formed by Hudson’s Bay Trading Co.’s parent, NRDC Equity Partners, in 2007.
Davidson succeeds Melanie Cox, a consultant to Prentice Capital and Cerberus Capital on specialty retail investments, who was named president and ceo of Scoop and held on to the job for a year before leaving in February.
Prior to joining CDS, Davidson spent 10-and-a-half years at Liz Claiborne, most recently managing about $1.5 billion worth of business as group president for denim and nonapparel. She is also a former president of DKNY Jeans. Davidson was a merchandise manager for ready-to-wear at Henri Bendel from 1991 to 1997. She began her career at Bloomingdale’s as an assistant buyer.
Scoop was purchased in 2007 by billionaire Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos. LLC. Davidson will have her work cut out for her at the 14-unit chain. There is no shortage of stores courting the same customer, who mixes fashion-forward contemporary with designer, such as Barneys Co-op, Intermix and Calypso, as well as major stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. Some observers believe Scoop lost some of its fashion leadership and ability to spot and jump on the latest trends when Greenfield exited.
“I’m looking forward to developing the full potential of the Scoop brand while being true to its original DNA,” Davidson said.
“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