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Charles Named CEO of Kemistre 8

Kemistre 8, LLC has named Curtis Charles CEO and chief marketing officer.

NEW YORK — Kemistre 8, LLC, owner of young men’s sportswear labels Akademiks, and Stash House and the premium denim brand PRPS, has named Curtis Charles CEO and chief marketing officer. The company’s former CEO, Dan Raskin, left the company in January.

Before joining Kemistre 8, Charles served as the senior vice-president and head of operations for the footwear and accessories company Rockport. He’s also held senior management roles at Cole Haan and Donna Karan International, and served as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Kemistre 8, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, was founded by brothers Donwan and Emmett Harrell, as a joint venture with the Betesh Group and Oved Apparel. Charles will report to the company’s founders.