Tommy Fazio has returned to UBM Americas. And this time around, he will be fashion director for the UBM Fashion Group.
Fazio had worked for UBM and its predecessor companies for four years before exiting in June. His most recent position was president of retail fashion for UBM Americas, which owns the Project, MAGIC, Coterie and FN Platform shows, among others.
“I’m pleased to be taking on the role of fashion director for UBM’s Fashion Group,” Fazio said. “What I can bring to the table is the ability to unify our direction as a whole, while helping our brands define and sustain their unique value propositions for buyers and brands. We want to act small despite our dominant size in the industry. We want to drive the future of fashion events.”
He told WWD that he had left the company for personal reasons, but then got the call from UBM. “The opportunity is so big and so vast and our mission is to be the fashion leaders and educators in the industry. Given my fashion insight and my relations with brands and retailers, it’s the right time to go back to help unify the marketplace and communicate across all market segments: men’s, women’s, kids’, footwear, sourcing. I’m really happy.”
In April, UBM purchased Business Journals Inc., owner of the MRket, AccessoriesTheShow, EDIT, Fame, Moda and Stitch shows, for $69 million.
Mike Alic, managing director of UBM Fashion Group, said, “With the recent acquisitions and expansion of our fashion portfolio, we are lining up the strongest leadership team possible to ensure our buyers and brands continue to have the most tailored experience possible at our shows. Tommy’s deep experience in the industry combined with his keen ability to forecast trends will help us stay ahead of the curve and in turn, help our community grow and prosper.
“Our collective goal remains as crucial as ever: to bring together great brands and retailers in superbly merchandised shows, provide superior customer service and ultimately present end consumers with the best apparel, footwear, accessories and fashion products.”
Fazio’s return comes at a key time for the company, which recently lost one of its ranking executives when Chris DeMoulin, managing director of UBM Americas, left abruptly earlier this month.
Fazio joined Project in 2012 and was also in charge of men’s wear for the trade show’s parent company, Advanstar Fashion Group, which is now owned by UBM plc.
Before joining Project, he was men’s fashion and trend director for Nordstrom. He had also been president of Simon Spurr, men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and vice president of men’s collections at Calvin Klein.
After leaving UBM in June, Fazio created a fashion consulting and events company based in California called Surf705.com.