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Harriet Sustarsic Joins True Religion

The Vernon, Calif.-based producer and marketer of premium jeans and sportswear recently made several new appointments.

Harriet Sustarsic has joined True Religion Apparel Inc. in the new post of senior vice president and general merchandise manager.

This story first appeared in the November 21, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Sustarsic resigned as chief merchandising officer of The Wet Seal Inc.’s Wet Seal division last month and had been expected to join True Religion.

In other appointments at the Vernon, Calif.-based producer and marketer of premium jeans and sportswear, Angela Furlong has joined the firm as senior designer for women’s; Jennifer Gross has joined as director of licensing, and Jill Borkan has joined as director of public relations.

Sustarsic reports to Lynne Koplin, president, and Furlong and Gross report to Jeffrey Lubell, chairman, chief executive officer and chief merchant of the company. Borkan reports to Leanna Levy, director of marketing.

Sustarsic had served in her post at Wet Seal for a year following six years with Guess Inc., most recently as senior vice president and gmm of the North American retail units. Earlier in her career, she was president and chief merchant at Charlotte Russe Holdings Inc. and held posts with Rampage Clothing and Contempo Casuals.

Furlong’s work history includes positions with Citizens of Humanity, where she was women’s designer for two years; Lucky Brand; Guess, and William Rast/People’s Liberation. Gross was licensing director at Kellwood Co. and previously held positions with Juicy Couture and Seven For All Mankind. Borkan had been in a p.r. capacity with French Connection following stints at several p.r. agencies.