NEW YORK — Men’s wear stalwart Karen Murray exited Liz Claiborne in a corporate restructuring announced Wednesday, after the market had closed.
Murray, who held the title of group president, had been with the $5 billion company for 15 years. Up until February, she had been responsible for the company’s men’s wear brands, including Claiborne, Enyce, Concepts by Claiborne, and Axcess Men’s. Her departure from the company may have been telegraphed then, when new CEO Bill McComb gave Murray’s men’s wear portfolio to Pamela Thomas-Graham, another group president, in a move to consolidate brand stewardship of the Liz Claiborne brand under a single executive.
In this most recent re-shuffling of duties and corporate structure, all five group president positions were eliminated, with McComb re-organizing the company into two distinct divisions: a vertically-organized “direct brands” retail unit, and a wholesale “partnered brands” unit.
Jill Granoff, formerly group president of direct-to-consumer, was named executive vice-president of direct brands, with oversight of Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand, Sigrid Olsen, and the company’s outlet and e-commerce operations. She reports to McComb.
Trudy Sullivan, president of Liz Claiborne, will lead the partnered brands division, which includes five business groups: Liz Claiborne/Claiborne, Monet and the moderate department store brands; C&C California, Dana Buchman, Ellen Tracy, Enyce, Laundry by Design, Mac & Jac/Kensie and Prana; JC Penney, Kohl’s and Sears; DKNY Jeans and DKNY Active; and cosmetics and fragrances. Sullivan continues to report to McComb.
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“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
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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