By  on July 14, 2005

NEW YORK — Intent on building an accessories business for its retail divisions, Limited Brands Inc. has hired Ed Bucciarelli, a top Liz Claiborne executive, as president of Limited Brands Accessories, a new position, as well as president and chief executive officer of Henri Bendel. He is now group president over accessories and cosmetics for Claiborne.

"He brings to Limited Brands an impressive track record in the areas of commercialization and brand building," said Leslie H. Wexner, Limited Brands chairman and ceo, in a statement Thursday. Wexner added that the group sees significant growth potential in the accessories area.

At Bendel’s, Bucciarelli will be responsible for strategy, merchandising and operations. As accessories president, he will provide vision and strategy as well as merchandising expertise and development direction to create accessories collections across Limited Brands, the company said.

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