LAMER’S NEW ROLE: Kate Spade has promoted David Lamer to senior vice president of sales and strategic merchandising planning. Lamer, who has been with Kate Spade since July as an adviser in evaluating and planning the wholesale business, now will be responsible for strategic merchandise planning of all divisions at the company and have total responsibility for its wholesale division. Lamer’s promotion comes after the exit of Spade’s vice president of sales, Stacy Van Praagh, who left to become global vice president of ready-to-wear at Oscar de la Renta earlier this month. Lamer previously was president and chief executive officer of Joshuatown Advisors, his own global merchandise and management consulting firm, which he founded in 2002. Lamer reports to the company’s principal partners, Kate and Andy Spade, Elyce Arons and Pamela Bell. The Neiman Marcus Group, which owns 56 percent of Kate Spade, put the company on the auction block in September.
ELLEN TRACY EYES: Ellen Tracy, the 56-year-old brand that is a division of Liz Claiborne Inc., has signed a new license for eyewear with ClearVision Optical Co. ClearVision will design and manufacture eyeglass and sunglass silhouettes for the Ellen Tracy Eyewear collection. The collection will comprise 20 ophthalmic styles and five prescription sunglasses in metals or plastics at retail prices that range from $110 to $220. The looks will be unveiled in March at the Vision Expo East trade show in New York, and will ship to independent optical professionals and select optical retail chains nationwide in April. ClearVision Optical also holds eyewear licenses for BCBG Max Azria Optical, Izod, Ocean Pacific and Jessica McClintock.
PPR’S NEW FINANCE CHIEF: PPR, the French retailer that owns Gucci Group, said on Tuesday that Jean-François Palus would replace Ross McInnes as chief financial officer. McInnes last week left PPR because of personal differences with chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault. He had been on the job less than six months. Palus, 44, will oversee financial operations and head strategy and corporate development as well as financial communications. He reports to Pinault. Previously, Palus led PPR’s mergers and acquisitions department.