NEW YORK — Lewis B. Koppelman, who left Louis Féraud Inc. last month, has been scooped up by Tse as chief operating officer, a new position.
Koppelman will oversee the wholesale and retail businesses for Tse brands in North America, Asia and Europe, and will be based in New York, reporting to company founder Augustine Tse, president and chief executive officer.
Separately, Joann Casa, who was executive vice president responsible for product development, sales and administration at Tse since 2000, has resigned to develop her own fashion consulting business. Casa had consulted for other brands before joining Tse, such as Ballinger Gold and Halston.
Koppelman had been president and ceo of Louis Féraud Inc. — the North American division of the french ready-to-wear firm — since 1999 and had previously worked as vice president of collection sales for Ralph Lauren’s women’s wear and executive vice president of sales and marketing for Donna Karan New York for six years. He also worked in retail before that as vice president and general merchandise manager of I. Magnin and divisional merchandise manager for Lord & Taylor.
“Coming from the luxury market, I have always admired Tse for its brand imaging and recognized the enormous potential Tse has to expand its business,” Koppelman said.