BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Saks Inc. filled two high-level vacancies at its Parisian division Wednesday, naming David Doub senior vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear and Kenneth Armstrong senior vice president for stores....
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Saks Inc. filled two high-level vacancies at its Parisian division Wednesday, naming David Doub senior vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear and Kenneth Armstrong senior vice president for stores.
They will report to George Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Saks Department Store Group, who began supervising the Parisian specialty store division in February following the departure of Rob Gruen, as well as overseeing the department stores.
Doub succeeds Gregg Kennedy and Armstrong succeeds Howard Parge. Doub was a 23-year veteran of Dillard’s, where he held such key spots as president of the corporate home division, president of the Southeast division, and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear.
Armstrong for the past two years has been involved in real estate, but before that, he worked for Lord & Taylor from 1984 to 2001, serving as senior vice president of stores from 1991 to 2001, among other jobs. Prior to L&T, he held merchandising and store posts with Macy’s.
In addition to the Saks Department Store Group, Saks Inc. operates Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises.
“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
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