JOHNSON’S NEW MOVES: Betsey Johnson plans to add eight to 10 new stores annually, starting next year, according to Catherine Nation, executive vice president of marketing and retail.
The designer had been averaging about two to four new stores per year, Nation said.
“This is the way to grow the business. Our own stores have been so lucrative for us,” said Nation, who declined to offer sales figures.
The average size of Johnson’s stores are about 1,000 square feet, she said.
Last week, Johnson opened two stores — one in the Dallas Galleria, the other in Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va.
On Friday, the company will open its 29th unit in the U.S. and its first in New Orleans, at Canal Place. Internationally, Johnson operates two stores — one in London, the other in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In March, Johnson plans to open a unit in Plaza Las Americas in Puerto Rico, and aims to unveil stores in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Desert Passage Mall in Las Vegas next year. There are also plans to open in Pasadena, Calif., although a lease there has not been signed.
The company is looking at sites in Nashville; Charlotte, N.C.; Short Hills, N.J., and Austin, Tex., Nation said.
OP NAMES LEONG: Ocean Pacific, the maker of surf-inspired junior sportswear and swimwear, has appointed Nina J. Leong executive vice president of licensing and business development.
Leong, who was vice president and divisional merchandise manager of retail business development for apparel and accessories at Disney Consumer Products, will be responsible for OP’s brand management and business development.
Her responsibilities include the recruitment of new domestic and international licensees and the expansion of the OP brand into a variety of product categories.
Leong, who will be based at OP headquarters in Irvine, Calif., and will report directly to chief executive officer Richard Baker, has 14 years of experience in retailing, licensing and brand development.