JACKSON JOINS MCFADDEN: Linda C. Jackson has been named sales manager for Mary McFadden Couture, the designer’s signature collection, effective Oct. 6. Jackson had been selling manager of the McFadden in-store boutique at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and was vice president of fashion jewelry for Swarovski America.
She reports to Dede Shipman, president of Mary McFadden Inc., who cited Jackson’s experience working with McFadden customers and her background in luxury brand marketing. Jackson succeeds Murphy Lewis, who left the firm last month to become vice president of sales for Halston Signature.
DRESSES FOR BISOU-BISOU: Bisou-Bisou is projecting sales of $3 million for its new dress division, according to Marc Bohbot, chief executive officer. The line of day and evening dresses will bow for early spring at all 12 Bisou-Bisou boutiques in the U.S., 60 international shops and at department and specialty stores. Bohbot noted that this year the company expanded its core sportswear business into a separate jeans division.
Michelle Bohbot, president and designer, said the first collection features stretch fabrics such as lace and matte jersey, and wovens such as chiffon and georgette in solids and prints. The line wholesales for $45 to $100.
MCMILLAN RETURNS: After less than two months on the job as vice president of sales at Los Angeles dress manufacturer Helga, Linda McMillan has returned to ready-to-wear firm William Pearson as senior vice president of sales and marketing.
McMillan is responsible for developing new business, coordinating U.S. and international trunk shows and directing marketing for the firm, which is on track to hit $10 million in volume this year. She reports to William Cohn, executive vice president.
Prior to her stint at Helga, McMillan was vice president of U.S. sales at William Pearson but has been given the new title of senior vice president to handle increased wholesale volume, Cohn said. Sales have risen by $2.5 million in two years, a 33 percent jump.