GRIBETZ BACK AT BLOOMINGDALE’S
Byline: David Moin
NEW YORK — Lester Gribetz is returning to Bloomingdale’s, WWD learned Friday. He’s been named vice president of home furnishings fashion direction, reporting to Joe Laneve, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of home.
“He’s got great credibility in the marketplace, an enormous understanding of Bloomingdale’s and is extremely creative. We are thrilled to have Lester return,” said Michael Gould, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s. “His 40-plus years of fashion leadership in the home area is a valuable asset.”
Gribetz will be a key player in growing the home business at Bloomingdale’s, which sees more growth potential in home, compared to apparel. On the agenda are opening new Bloomingdale’s home stores in Chicago and Las Vegas; as well as full-lined stores in San Francisco, Orlando and Wayne and Bridgewater in New Jersey. Bloomingdale’s currently operates home stores in Newport Beach, Calif., and Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Gribetz began his retail career at Bloomingdale’s in 1954 on the executive training program, rose up the merchandising ranks to become senior vice president of home furnishings in 1977 and two years later, general merchandise manager, adding cosmetics. In 1980, he became executive vice president and gmm for home furnishings, cosmetics and restaurants, and in 1989, vice chairman with added responsibilities for special merchandising projects, private label marketing and men’s wear. Since leaving Bloomingdale’s in 1992, Gribetz has been a consultant.