Calvin Klein Inc. has made several key appointments to strengthen the brand’s global design and merchandising structure.
Marcella Wartenbergh has been promoted to chief merchandising officer, reporting to Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein. She will continue to serve in her role as global head of licensing and international markets. Earlier she had been president of brand management for Calvin Klein Europe, driving commercial performance of the European business across product categories, countries and channels of distribution, as well as overseeing merchandising and distribution of Calvin Klein products in Mexico.
In this new role, Wartenbergh is expected to leverage her global expertise to improve products’ commercial viability.
Ulrich Grimm has been promoted to global head of non-apparel design. He has been with Calvin Klein for more than 20 years and served as executive vice president, design, shoes and accessories. During his time at Calvin Klein, he has built strong global alignment across the brand’s accessories, including some of the licensee categories such as eyewear and watches and jewelry. He will oversee design for accessories, footwear and home.
Suzanne Barton has been promoted to global head of close to body design. She has been with Calvin Klein for over 10 years, leading the global underwear line and enhancing underwear product innovation. In this new role, Barton is expected to ensure brand alignment across Calvin Klein Underwear, Calvin Klein Performance and Calvin Klein Swim.
An active search is underway for a global head of design and concept, who will lead apparel design.
Both Grimm and Barton will eventually report to that executive.
As reported, G-III Apparel Group Ltd., which has the license for women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, outerwear, swimwear and dresses in North America, is in negotiations to acquire the Calvin Klein women’s jeans license. Women’s jeans were previously manufactured and marketed in-house at Calvin Klein Inc.
In March, Calvin Klein decided not to move forward with its traditional designer collection business, after closing its high-end 205W39NYC collection in January. These moves followed the departure of chief creative officer Raf Simons in December.