SOKOL TO DEPART J.MENDEL: Susan Sokol will step down as president and chief operating officer of J.Mendel, confirming a WWD report on Feb. 12. She will transition her duties over the next few weeks. Sokol joined the company in 2008 and was instrumental in the expansion of J.Mendel’s ready-to-wear, which now accounts for 60 percent of the wholesale business, as well as entering new international markets.
“I am deeply grateful to Susan Sokol for her outstanding service, and wish her well in the next phase of her career,” said Gilles Mendel, creative director and chief executive officer. “Susan has been a trusted colleague, and leaves J.Mendel with a strong foundation for the future. We remain committed to our goals for long-term growth, including an increase in our retail footprint, entering new markets and the introduction of new product categories.”
J.Mendel, together with parent company The Gores Group, has initiated a search for Sokol’s successor, retaining Karen Harvey Consulting to do the search.
Asked about her plans, Sokol said, “Honestly, I’m in the process of looking at a number of opportunities. I’m not rushing into anything. It has to feel right and be right for me.” Prior to joining J.Mendel, Sokol was president of Vera Wang for four years.