LONDON — A week after promoting Helen David to chief merchant, Harrods has confirmed that Jason Broderick, fashion director of men’s wear, sports and watches, has left the company.
Harrods declined to comment further about Broderick, or who might succeed him.
Broderick was promoted to his role in 2013 following the departure of former chief merchant Marigay McKee, who exited to become president of Saks Fifth Avenue. David was promoted alongside him to the position of fashion director of women’s wear, accessories, fine jewelry and children’s wear. Both positions were new ones, and both Broderick and David became members of the store’s senior merchant team.
Broderick, who joined Harrods in 1998, had previously been general merchandise manager of men’s wear, sports and watches.
When Broderick was promoted, Harrods said he had played a “pivotal” role in the growth of the men’s business, overseeing the development of the Lower Ground International Designer Gallery and Fashion Lab, Ground Floor Tailoring department and Sports Floor on the fifth floor.
During his career, Broderick had worked closely with McKee when she was Harrods’ chief merchant, and there were market rumblings that he would join her at Saks. She left Saks after a stormy tenure of only about a year and set up her own consultancy.
But even before McKee moved to the U.S. the stylish Irishman who began his career as a classical dancer had long been in the sights of many American department stores. But his loyalties remained to Harrods and to London.
Broderick did not return requests for comment on Tuesday.
Over the past year, he oversaw a variety of projects, including Harrods Man Cover to Cover, a storewide takeover that included all departments, ranging from luxury and tailoring to contemporary and active.
As part of the takeover, the October issue of the biannual Harrods Man Magazine had 12 covers, created by Tom Ford, Burberry, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Corneliani, Paul Smith, Giorgio Armani and Brioni.
At the time, Broderick told WWD the men’s wear category had “evolved beyond comprehension and the drive from our customers to embrace this new world has led us to further expand our footprint of men’s wear in the store.”
Under his watch Harrods launched a Denim Gallery and a Contemporary floor and further extended its designer room, where it opened some of the largest shops worldwide for Givenchy, Valentino and Philipp Plein. The space also housed what was then Balmain’s first shops-in-shop.
Broderick also embraced buy-now-wear-now trends, noting that Harrods’ visual merchandising and mannequin styling were changed on a daily basis to reflect the new shopping patterns.
On Aug. 1, Harrods revealed David’s promotion to chief merchant, a role that had been vacant since McKee left.