NEW YORK — James Weinberg has been named chief executive officer of Kellwood’s Halmode suit and dress division, effective Aug. 1.

With more than 20 years of experience in the retail industry, Weinberg spent most of his career with the May Co. in merchandising and buying positions in women’s apparel. Most recently, he was a senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Robinsons-May.

Weinberg will succeed Jay Diamond, Halmode’s current ceo, who announced his retirement in May. Diamond will leave the firm on Aug. 1.

Diamond has been with Halmode for almost 30 years. 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.

Weinberg is based in Kellwood’s offices here and reports to Robert C. Skinner Jr., chairman, president and ceo of Kellwood.

This story first appeared in the June 16, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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