NEW YORK — Caroline Brown, chief executive officer of Akris U.S., is leaving the company to join J. Christopher Capital LLC as president and ceo of a new retail venture currently under development with Christopher Burch.
Brown resigned from her post, and will leave the St. Gallen, Switzerland-based fashion house in November. She will work directly with Burch on developing the new business, from concept through execution. J. Christopher Capital declined to disclose further details on the venture, which could potentially evolve into a new lifestyle brand.
Brown joined Akris in 2006 from Giorgio Armani Corp., where she was senior vice president of marketing and communications. At Akris, she took on the newly created role and, during her time there, raised awareness of the brand while increasing its wholesale real estate. Last month, for instance, the company unveiled a new, 1,138-square-foot Akris shop at Saks Fifth Avenue. Akris also sponsored such events as a benefit luncheon in honor of New York Presbyterian Lying-In Hospital in May, and the 2007 Whitney Museum of American Art Gala and Studio Party.
Burch, meanwhile, is perhaps best known for his ties to the Tory Burch business. He was married to the designer at the time of the company’s launch, and is widely credited for helping her turn the label into a multifaceted lifestyle brand. He continues to own a significant stake in Tory Burch. Other J. Christopher Capital investments have included Jawbone, Powermat, Voss Water and Faena Hotel & Universe.
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