Jeffrey B. Cohen, 62, former president of Steve Madden Retail Corp., has died.
The cause of death couldn’t be learned.
Cohen had a diversified career in the retail industry, leading the factory outlet division of such companies as Kenneth Cole Productions, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., Tommy Hilfiger Corp., Calvin Klein Inc. and Guess Inc. He left Steve Madden last June, having joined in January 2014.
From 1982 to 1993, Cohen was president of Polo/Ralph Lauren Retail Corp., managing all company-owned stores and supervising about 1,500 employees. He later became president of Tommy Hilfiger Outlet and Specialty Stores, where he worked from 1993 to 1999. Cohen then headed out West to Los Angeles, where he was president of retail at Guess Inc., and focused on the company’s outlet stores. The following year he joined Calvin Klein Inc. as senior vice president of global retail, overseeing Calvin Klein’s retail store management worldwide, including strategic planning, retail partnerships, store operations, planning and visual. He later joined Kenneth Cole Productions, where he was president of consumer direct from 2006 to 2011.
“It was truly an honor to know Jeff, who was a hard-working and earnest man–so liked by so many,” said Kenneth Cole Wednesday. “One of his most admirable qualities was that he never lost passion for what he did; his work was not just about the business, but also about the community in which it existed. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family during this very difficult time.”
Cohen is survived by his wife, Kathi Myerson Cohen, parents Miriam Dolman and Frank Cohen, sisters Helisse Asbury and Wendy Friedman, and children, Tatum and Cody Cohen.