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Advanstar Fashion Group has tapped Tommy Fazio as president of its Project and Menswear shows, which encompasses S.L.A.T.E., Street and Mens/Wear. Fazio, who is exiting his role as men’s trend director at Nordstrom Inc. to take the new position, will report to Tom Florio, chief executive officer of Advanstar Fashion Group, a division of Advanstar Communications Inc.
This story first appeared in the October 15, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Fazio will depart Nordstrom on Oct. 25 and his first day at Project and the Menswear shows will be Oct. 29. He will relocate from Seattle to be based out of Advanstar’s New York office.
“It’s such an exciting time in men’s wear right now,” said Fazio. “American designers need the support of an organization like ours to unify the market and outreach on their behalf. The opportunity to do so with Tom Florio is an extraordinary one.”
Fazio replaces Andrew Pollard, who exited as president of Project in May. Pollard in June was named president of POP-Market, an online business-to-business fashion marketplace.
“There has never been a better time for men’s fashion in America,” said Florio. “However, America does not have a place on the world’s stage, as Milan, Paris and London do, to showcase our men’s designers. With Tommy on board, we hope to create partnerships that reestablish men’s fashion week in New York and continue to create new business opportunities for our community of retailers and brands at Project.”
Fazio joined Nordstrom last September, prior to which he was president of Simon Spurr and men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and later Neiman Marcus Group. Earlier in his career, he held sales positions at Hickey Freeman and Calvin Klein.
Nordstrom plans to name a new men’s trend director. “We’re grateful for Tommy’s many contributions to our men’s wear business. He did a great job and we wish him much success in his new role,” said David Witman, general merchandise manager for men’s wear at Nordstrom.