Nordstrom has lost its top men’s merchant.
Paige Thomas, who has served as named executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and kids for the Seattle-based retailer since early 2017, has exited the company.
Contacted by WWD, a spokesman confirmed that Thomas’s last day with the company was Jan. 13.
“Paige Thomas made a personal decision to leave Nordstrom to pursue a new opportunity. We are deeply grateful to Paige for her eight years of service as gmm supporting off-price and, most recently, supporting our men’s and kids’ divisions. She’s made a lasting difference in the company and has been a valued colleague.”
No successor has been named and the spokesman said Nordstrom is “currently determining a plan to back-fill her role.”
Thomas succeeded David Witman who had retired in 2017 after 27 years with the company. She joined Nordstrom in 2012 as the company’s first gmm for its Rack off-price division where she led aggressive growth and expansion with 100 new stores, launched the division’s e-commerce site and integrated off-price merchant teams across Seattle, New York and Los Angeles, the company said at the time.
Prior to Nordstrom, she was gmm for juniors, accessories and beauty at Kohl’s Corp. She had also held merchandising and planning roles at May Co., Federated Department Stores and Fred Meyer Stores.
Nordstrom has had more of a focus on men’s wear in the past several years. In the spring of 2018, it opened its first full-line men’s store, a 47,000-square-foot, three-level unit in Columbus Circle. Last fall, it opened a 320,000-square-foot women’s store across the street.
The retailer has also made a few changes in its merchant team over the past several months, naming Teri Bariquit to the newly created position of chief merchandising officer, overseeing both men’s and women’s wear for the full-line and off-price stores. Shea Jensen was named executive vice president and gmm of women’s apparel, and Sam Lobban, who had overseen new concepts for the company, was elevated to vice president of designer ready-to-wear for both genders and continues to oversee new concepts.