Converse Inc. has named Andrew Buckler vice president of global creative design, a new position within the company.
In the role, Buckler will oversee the design vision for apparel, footwear, brand identity and store concepts for the North Andover, Mass.-based brand, a division of Nike Inc. He reports to Jim Calhoun, president and chief executive officer of Converse.
Buckler is exiting day-to-day involvement in his own men’s wear label, Buckler, and will relocate from New York to Boston to work on Converse full time. Buckler, which operates retail stores in New York, London and Toronto, will continue operations without him at the design helm.
The center of operations for the brand will move to Istanbul, where Hakan Cemal, the majority owner of the business, is located, said Buckler. Cemal is president of HC Tekstil, a large-scale apparel manufacturer that is a division of Turkey’s Hey Group.
HC Tekstil acquired a majority interest in Buckler in 2006. Andrew Buckler, and his London-based brother, Jeremy Buckler, retain a minority share of the company and will remain involved in long-term strategy and oversight of the brand.
“Running Buckler for the past 10 years has been exciting but doing so on a dime can be tough,” said Buckler of his decision to depart the world of indie fashion for a corporate position. “Converse developed this position for me and it was an offer I couldn’t turn down. The last three years following the financial crisis have had their challenges for small businesses.”
Buckler shuttered a retail store in New York’s SoHo earlier this spring due to escalating rents in the space. About 65 percent of the brand’s business is currently in its three remaining retail stores and 35 percent in wholesale accounts like Nordstrom, Atrium, Zappos and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong.
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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