IN THE MIDDLE
Changes at Kellwood The Kellwood Co.’s Ivy label has been shifted from its Goodman Group to its ENC division.
Hal Upbin, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the $2.3 billion apparel giant, said that the move was part of the firm’s overall strategy to achieve greater profitability for its brands. Upbin said that Ivy, a moderate sportswear and dress line, would benefit from ENC’s strong moderate sourcing structure.
“We truly feel the brand and the business fit better with our ENC division, which focuses on fashion and value for the moderate and bridge markets,” said Upbin.
Both Kathy Lakin, executive vice president of sales for Ivy, and Gabrielle Sampietro, executive vice president of operations, will remain in their current positions. They will now report to Arthur Gordon, chief executive officer of ENC.
In other Kellwood news, Susan Jones has been named executive vice president of sales and Joan Barbato vice president of production for the Emme line, a better plus-size line which is a part of the Goodman Group.
Both positions are new, although Jones will be taking over sales and marketing responsibilities formerly held by Lakin. Barbato will spearhead manufacturing and production activities.
“We didn’t expect such an explosion of growth when we first launched the line,” said Peter Goodman, chairman of the Goodman Group. “As a result, we brought in two high-level professionals to allow more people to dedicate their time solely to the Emme business.”
Jones most recently served as vice president of sales and retail marketing for the Anne Klein and A Line businesses at Kasper ASL.
Barbato was most recently director of sourcing and production for Laundry by Shelli Segal, a unit of Liz Claiborne Inc.