NEW YORK — Nickelson Wooster, men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus Group Services since January 2010, has left the company. A spokeswoman confirmed that Thursday was his last day. She declined to comment further, saying the company does not discuss employee departures. No successor has been named.
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Wooster, a well-known figure in the men’s industry, was responsible for setting the tone at Neiman Marcus Stores, Neiman Marcus Direct and Bergdorf Goodman. Designer, sportswear, tailored clothing, contemporary, furnishings, men’s accessories and men’s shoes fell under his purview. Wooster directed men’s wear merchants on trends and what to buy each season. He also provided creative direction to the marketing and advertising teams at Neiman Marcus Stores, Direct and Bergdorf’s.
Before joining Neiman’s, Wooster was director of creative services for Ella Moss and Splendid. Wooster also held positions at John Bartlett, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Wooster started his career at Barneys New York in 1987 as a buyer and subsequently worked at Bergdorf’s, Calvin Klein and Polo Ralph Lauren. He was president of John Bartlett from 1996 to 2001. The designer said of Wooster’s departure from Neiman Marcus, “It’s kind of a mystery. I think he was very happy there and they were very happy with him. He contributed an incredible amount to the profile of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.”
Wooster, who is known for his ability to pull off a variety of styles, is a favorite of blogs such as sartoriallyinclined.com, where photos of him wearing everything from a proper dark suit with yellow Day-Glo shoes or a trenchcoat with bright orange pants have earned him the epithet “sartorial bad ass.”
Wooster could not be reached for comment.
Wooster, who also was general merchandise manager at Rozae Nichols and ran his own consultancy, has had many jobs in the industry. One men’s fashion veteran said, “He goes where the opportunity is.”