Just call him the dealmaker. The co-president of the Westport, Conn.-based luxury retail juggernaut was front and center last November in the deal to rescue Wilkes Bashford — although, as with anything surrounding the Mitchells, it’s a family decision. The San Francisco-based Wilkes was teetering on the edge of disaster, and Mitchell swooped in to save the day by negotiating to purchase the store, which had simultaneously filed a Chapter 11 petition. It was a smart and sweet deal that rescued the well-respected Wilkes and gave the Mitchells a foothold on the West Coast — and an opportunity to add more volume to their $100 million annual take. Mitchell’s priorities will be to stabilize the Wilkes business and improve overall operations. With the Mitchells’ brainpower behind it, there’s little doubt Wilkes will be profitable again.

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