LONDON — Scott Tepper has joined Liberty as head of collaborations, a newly created role.
Tepper will be responsible for the London store’s ongoing series of collaborations, which in the past have been with companies including Hermès, Manolo Blahnik, and Nike. He will also be working closely with the store’s buying and merchandising team, as well as with the Liberty Art Fabrics team, to identify and produce future projects with external brands
Tepper will also be involved in the further development of Liberty branded accessories, a high-end offer of bags and small leather goods, and its eventual wholesale distribution.
“He will be working closely with our press and marketing team — and me — as we continue our exciting collaboration projects and expand the Liberty brand worldwide,” Ed Burstell, the store’s managing director, told WWD.
This is the third time Tepper has worked with Burstell; previously the two were colleagues at Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel.
In 2010, Tepper moved from Bergdorf Goodman, where he had been a senior buyer, to Kurt Geiger, where he was head of luxury buying, a new role.
Prior to Bergdorf’s, he had worked his way from accessory buyer to fashion director at Henri Bendel, where he worked with Burstell to identify and maximize opportunities with emerging brands including Rick Owens, Diane von Furstenberg and J Brand jeans. He also significantly expanded that store’s hair accessory, jewelry, and soft accessory departments.
Tepper’s resume also includes a year as head of buying for Villa Moda in Kuwait.