Denise Seegal has been named chief executive officer of the Amsale Design Group.
She is based at Amsale Design Group’s Fifth Avenue offices. Seegal said Monday she is in the process of wrapping up a few projects with clients she has been working with through her consulting business, Denise Seegal Associates, in order to focus on her new full-time role at Amsale. She will also no longer serve as a global consultant for Financo.
Seegal reports to Amsale Aberra and her husband, Neil Brown, the fashion firm’s cofounders. Brown previously handled the responsibilities Seegal has taken on, but he will continue to work closely with her, according to Aberra. The company specializes in wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and eveningwear under the Amsale, Christos and Kenneth Pool brand names.
“This year is our 25th anniversary in business. We wanted to emphasize our existing business and renew the brand. Denise is a savvy merchant who has extensive designer branding experience and an understanding of the global market. She is going to globally build the business and really take our brand to a higher level,” Aberra said. “Right now we have people coming to us to open accounts, whether they be in Europe or the Middle East.”
Expanding the Amsale Design Group’s presence in South Korea and throughout Asia is a top priority for Seegal, a 30-year fashion industry veteran with know-how in wholesale, retail, international and licensing. There are also plans to introduce additional categories but Aberra said that will happen with measured steps. “Denise has just started. She really needs to dig in and see where we go next. We don’t have to do everything all at once,” Aberra said.
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“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