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Lucky Brand Promotes Chris Kolbe

Liz Claiborne Inc. has promoted Chris Kolbe to the position of president, chief merchant officer of Lucky Brand Jeans.

Liz Claiborne Inc. has promoted Chris Kolbe to the position of president, chief merchant officer of Lucky Brand Jeans.

This story first appeared in the August 13, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Liz Munoz remains president, creative director of Lucky Brand Jeans.

Kolbe will be responsible for all product design concepts, merchandising, manufacturing and planning. He begins in this new role on Sept. 1 and will be based at the brand’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Most recently, Kolbe was based in Amsterdam as part of Mexx Europe’s transition management team. There since January, he worked to secure product and merchandising strategies while Claiborne sought a permanent Europe-based team for the Mexx brand. Prior to joining Claiborne, he was president and global brand manager at the Perry Ellis International-owned Original Penguin brand. Before that, Kolbe worked in various senior merchandise management and buying positions for companies such as Urban Outfitters, Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Both Kolbe and Munoz report to Tom Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of Lucky Brand Jeans.