LOS ANGELES -- Ilse Metchek has resigned as executive director of leasing at the California Mart after 14 months with the facility.
According to a mart spokesman, Metchek left on Dec. 20, the result of a "mutual decision" made with mart general partner Sidney Morse.
"We agreed to disagree," Metchek confirmed in a telephone interview last week.
"Our messages were different, and our perspectives as to where we were and where we were going were different, but it was an amicable split. We are still friends."
Morse concurred, but said, "Her job was to boost leasing figures, and they have not been boosted."
He added that he had not yet begun the process of looking for Metchek's replacement.
Occupancy rate for the center's permanent showrooms is at 86 percent, Morse said, noting that the figure has remained steady for the past few years.
"I have no control over bankruptcies and relocations by certain companies to other facilities," countered Metchek. "Where we could retain tenancy, we did a good job."
Morse, who created the position of senior director of marketing and leasing for Metchek when he hired her in October 1992, originally viewed her as a general-manager-in-training. He said in an interview with WWD at the time that he hoped to make her the mart's first chief executive outside the Morse family.
Morse said last week, however, that he was no longer looking to replace himself as the top executive. Mart operations have been directed by members of the Morse family since brothers Harvey and Barney Morse founded the center in 1962. Sidney Morse is the late Barney Morse's son.
"About six months ago, I realized that I could not focus on all aspects of the business at the same time," Metchek said. "Sidney and I agreed that I should attack one problem at a time. That's when my title changed."
Metchek said her background is in apparel merchandising and she is eager to get back into that line of work.
Before joining the mart, she was vice president of merchandising at budget sportswear company Style Up of California. From 1989 to 1991, she was president of White Stag, a division of Warnaco. Earlier, she ran Ilse M., her own moderate-price dress business here. It closed in 1989.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)