NIKE’S HUNT: Nike is still searching for a vice president and creative director to assume some of the responsibilities previously handled by Gordon Thompson, who took over that same post at Cole Haan, one of Nike’s subsidiaries, in July.
When Thompson’s appointment was announced in May, Nike executives said they planned to hire someone from within the company.
Herbert Mines Associates, a New York agency, has interviewed several candidates for the post, according to Tim Boerkoel, vice president and partner. Nike aims to have the new executive start early next year, he said.
The candidate will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and report to Andy Mooney, vice president of Nike’s global apparel business.
CAPEZIO STEPS OUT: Capezio has introduced for spring a six-piece group of dancewear for large-size customers.
The group consists of bestsellers from the brand’s regular-size offerings. Leotards, cropped tops, tank tops, shorts and pants are being offered in 1,000 doors, according to Peter Morrone, vice president of merchandising and design. Wholesale prices range from $14 for a tank top to $25 for pants. Each item is about $1 more than the comparable style in a regular size, Morrone said.
The new offerings are available in “FF1,” for women who wear a dress size between 16 and 20, and “FF2” for those who wear sizes 20 to 24. Capezio expects to sell at least 1,000 units of the large-size items this spring, he said.
“We didn’t want to invent a full-figure group, so we used our bestsellers. We did not want to be discriminatory toward that group of customers by developing what we thought they’d like,” Morrone said. “Unfortunately, the market purchased it with the old line of thinking. They picked items with more coverage.”
Even though Capezio’s camisoles are its bestseller, most retailers opted for short-sleeved shirts in the large-size group, he added.