PARIS — French department store chain Printemps has reorganized its buying department following the departure of Tancrède de Lalun, its general merchandise manager of women’s and men’s apparel.
Charlotte Tasset, general merchandise manager of lingerie, beauty and children’s apparel, will also take on responsibility for women’s apparel, while Karen Vernet, general merchandise manager of home wares and Printemps private label, will also run the men’s apparel division.
Catherine Newey, deputy chief merchandise officer in charge of luxury and accessories, will take charge also of men’s accessories and women’s and men’s shoes.
All three report to Aymeric de Beco, chief merchandising officer and head of buying at Printemps. The nominations were effective Feb. 1. Lalun was recently named senior vice president of merchandising at Loewe.
The new team will be in charge of leading the Printemps buying department at a crucial phase of the retail chain’s development.
Acquired last summer by Qatari investors via Luxembourg-based investment fund Divine Investments SA, or Disa, Printemps recently opened its first new store in 32 years in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, and further openings are planned in the harbor of Marseille this year and in Cagnes-sur-Mer on the French Riviera in 2015.
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