Jay Diamond

After almost 30 years with the company, Jay Diamond, chief executive officer of Halmode Apparel Inc., a division of Kellwood Co., will retire at the end of August.

NEW YORK — After almost 30 years with the company, Jay Diamond, chief executive officer of Halmode Apparel Inc., a division of Kellwood Co., will retire at the end of August.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Diamond confirmed he will depart at the end of August, but declined to further discuss his plans.

In August 1994, Diamond’s partner and founder of Halmode, Robert Adler, sold the company to Kellwood Co. Until that point, Halmode had been an independent company for 25 years, producing dresses for the mass market. Adler, who eventually became chairman of the division before retiring, kept Diamond at the firm as president and ceo.

Under Kellwood’s umbrella, the brand has grown to become a more diverse division, producing knit and woven dresses and suits for brands such as Liz Claiborne, Sag Harbor, JH Collectibles and Emma James, as well as dresses under the Plaza South, Koret and Miss Dorby labels.

According to industry sources, a search is under way for Diamond’s successor.

This story first appeared in the May 3, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.