LOOKING FOR GREENER PASTURES: Bob Pitofsky has resigned as president of the MMCF division of Mary McFadden after nearly four years of running the secondary ready-to-wear collection. While he’s “leaving a lot of friends behind,” Pitofsky said he was saying goodby to the industry to go into real estate.
“After 30-plus years in the industry, I was feeling a little burned out and looking for a career change,” Pitofsky said. “I’m happy that I’ve been part of a team that has built MMCF into a core designer resource.”
Pitofsky said he will join his wife, Lynne, as a home real-estate agent for Julia Fee Real Estate in Scarsdale, N.Y. He said he’s looking forward to working as a “husband-and-wife team,” and also to “not commuting, and to playing tennis on a Thursday afternoon, if that’s what I want to do.”
Pitofsky joined MMCF in 1991. Prior to that he was president and chief executive officer of the CK Classifications division of Calvin Klein and held the same post at Norma Kamali, Breckenridge and the Bean Bag division of Bobbie Brooks.
Pitofksy said he has helped interview applicants for his position, and a successor should be announced shortly.
YUMI’S WEDDING BELLS: Cash registers are ringing at Yumi Katsura’s bridal shop at 907 Madison Ave. The 65-year-old Japanese designer opened her first store outside Tokyo in October. In its first three months, the 2,760-square-foot shop has sold about 32 bridal gowns, according to Mary Jane McCarthy, sales director.
Retail prices for the 120-piece collection range from $2,500 to $15,000.
The store also offers a 15-piece black eveningwear collection that retails from $1,800 to $4,400. Made primarily of silk chiffon, silk charmeuse and silk satin, the gowns should account for 10 percent of Yumi Katsura’s annual business. Prior to the U.S. opening, Yumi Katsura bridal gowns were available on a limited basis at a few specialty stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.
MISHA’S BACK: Misha Tzar, design director for The Patrick Group, is relaunching his own signature ready-to-wear label for spring. The 41-year-old designer, who had his own label in the mid-Eighties before it closed, is backing the new venture himself.
Tzar said he’s treating the spring line as a test, with an order in house from Joyce Boutiques in Hong Kong. He plans to do just two collections a year; his fall line opens in March.
“I like the balance between doing a high-end line and a collection with more commercial appeal,” said Tzar, who continues in his role at Patrick. He projects sales of $100,000 to $150,000 the first year for the Tzar line.
Wholesaling for $375 to $1,250, the spring line features silk dresses, coats and separates. The collection is represented in New York at Michael Atchison & Associates, 202 West 40th St.