Mel Goldfeder, who has been with Swank Inc. for more than a half-century, will be retiring at the end of June.
Currently senior vice president of Swank, a division of Randa Accessories, Goldfeder joined the company in 1967 and held several positions in merchandising and sales, ultimately serving as president of special markets. Randa bought Swank in 2012.
Goldfeder, 77, started his career in the apparel industry at age 17, working in the wholesale division of Dunhill and also sold hosiery and underwear on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. By age 19, he had worked his way up to buyer of Dunhill accessories, where he worked on lighters and pipes custom-designed for Hugh Hefner.
“A role model as husband, father, grandfather and raiser of funds for noteworthy causes, including the UJA and the March of Dimes, Mel sets a high bar for all of us,” said Swank chairman John Tulin. “His legacy will continue to engage and challenge us to even greater achievements.”
“I have known Mel for over 25 years,” said Randa’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer David J. Katz. “He is a gentleman, an industry icon and a friend. I wish Mel, and his lovely wife Barbara, the satisfaction of a job well done.”
Goldfeder said his time in the industry has provided him with “a lifetime of personal and financial rewards that I never imagined were achievable. It is with pride and accomplishment that I leave this company in capable and nurturing hands, and I look forward to watching Swank and Randa grow even further in scale and in scope.”
He said his job is “all-consuming,” and at this point in his career, he wants “to enjoy myself and go out at the top of my game.” He plans to look into teaching, and will also continue to be involved in the UJA and the Father’s Day Council. “I absolutely love this business, and I’ve had a glorious, fun time,” he said.