DA COSTA NAMED PRESIDENT OF JOOP IN NORTH AMERICA
NEW YORK — Wolfgang Joop, the designer who is based in Hamburg, Germany, has appointed Ernest da Costa as president of his North American business. It is a new post.
Da Costa will direct sales, marketing and distribution of Joop’s women’s and men’s designer sportswear and ready-to-wear businesses. The U.S. showroom and offices are at 80 West 40th St., in a newly remodeled 2,000-square-foot space. Joop’s jeanswear business is in the same building.
Da Costa had been chief executive officer of Da Costa Associates, the sole agent in the U.S. and Canada for Wolff of Austria, an upscale European knitwear firm. There, he developed knitwear programs with American designer companies such as Donna Karan, Anne Klein, Isaac Mizrahi and Ralph Lauren.
Da Costa reports to Joop at the designer’s offices in Hamburg and to Herbert Frommen, chairman of Joop, who is based at the company’s offices in Wiesbaden, Germany.