Veteran men’s merchant Wayne Meichner has been named president of retail at John Varvatos Enterprises, effective Sept. 8.
Meichner will report to Cristiano Quieti, president and chief executive officer of John Varvatos Enterprises.
Meichner spent the last 12 years at Ralph Lauren Retail Group and recently left his position as president and chief operating officer of that division, where he worked to build the business in the U.S. and overseas. It was part of a broad management change at Ralph Lauren. Before that, he spent 23 years at Saks Fifth Avenue, ultimately rising to become the retailer’s executive vice president of merchandising.
Quieti cited Meichner’s “experience in managing a branded retail organization and environment,” saying it “will be a great asset to John Varvatos’ current and future expansion plan both domestic and international.”
Meichner said he has “always had tremendous respect and admiration for John as a person and as a designer and I believe the company has enormous growth potential. I very much look forward to partnering with John, Cristiano and the rest of the team to help expand the overall retail business.”
Varvatos added, “I’ve known Wayne for 15 years and he has always been my benchmark when evaluating leadership for our retail organization. His merchandising and operating skills are world class. It is an exciting moment to bring someone of his caliber into our management team.”
Since Lion Capital acquired a majority stake in the brand in 2012, Varvatos has been rapidly adding stores and has opened units in Boston, Houston, Miami and Bal Harbour, Fla., and on Madison Avenue in New York. Its first European store will open in London on Aug. 1, and the company also has stores in Toronto, Mexico City and Bangkok.