By  on September 13, 2013

NEW YORK — Stephanie Solomon has been named vice president and fashion director of women’s ready-to-wear at Lord & Taylor, effective Sept. 23, the company’s parent, Hudson’s Bay Co., said Thursday.

Solomon, the former vice president of fashion direction at Bloomingdale’s, who retired on June 7, found that smelling the roses wasn’t exactly what she wanted. Rather, she said she missed the excitement, challenges and frustrations of the fashion industry. “I’m too passionate about what I do to really retire,” Solomon said. “I found out that three weeks of communing with nature” is enough. “It’s nice to have time to reflect on yourself. I’m fortunate that I had that opportunity. Twenty-nine years is a long time to be married to a brand.”

Solomon spent 29 years in the Bloomingdale’s fashion office.

When Lord & Taylor called her to discuss the position, Solomon said, “It was the most pleasant surprise I could ever receive. There was no doubt in my mind. There’s no other store I’d rather work for. It’s the oldest department store in the U.S. and it has a deep, rich heritage. Dorothy Shaver [president of Lord & Taylor in the Thirties and Forties] introduced American sportswear to the fashion world. It’s always been a store that’s held great value to me. I believe in the DNA of Lord & Taylor. It potentially could be a big player in the retail sphere.”

“We’re looking for Stephanie to look at the whole brand matrix and see what we’re missing, to grow our contemporary business and look at the whole designer business and decide where we want to go,” said Suzanne Timmins, senior vice president of the fashion office for HBC, to whom Solomon will report. “As we launch our footwear floor some time in the future, we’ll rely on her for positioning. We’re looking at our marketing and online business. Everything needs a great eye.”

Solomon, who was a teacher when she was recruited by the legendary Kal Ruttenstein at Bloomingdale’s, is an intrepid explorer. “I love the idea of taking on a whole new opportunity,” she said. “It’s so energizing.”

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