NEW YORK — There’s been some reshuffling at the Michael Kors executive offices.

Anne Gorfinkle, who was vice president of women’s design for the new Michael Michael Kors better line, is now working at the company on a part-time basis, and Dean Micklewhite, vice president of men’s design for Michael, has resigned.

A company spokeswoman admitted that the timing of the departures was “strange” given that the much heralded better line just rolled out to stores last month and has yet to prove its potential.

“These are two people who Michael loves and admires and respects and would have kept forever,” she said.

Gorfinkle will consult for the company and spend more time with her family.

“She’s working on a very special, major design project for us,” said the spokeswoman, declining to be more specific.

Micklewhite said he resigned to catch a breather and spend more time with his two daughters after long hours in the design studio.

“It’s been very hectic working here,” he said. “I’m going to take some time to figure out what I want to do and that’s probably going to mean leaving New York.”

Stepping up is Lance LePere, who was promoted to executive vice president, creative director of women’s design, overseeing both the collection and the better businesses. He had been senior vice president, creative director of just the collection.

LePere oversees Alex Shuman in the collection area and Suzanne Barnhart in better, each of whom was promoted to vice president from design director.

On the men’s side, Tim DeSalvo has taken on the title of senior vice president men’s design. He had been senior vice president of men’s collection design. Maria Dziedzic was promoted to vice president of men’s for the better line. Dziedzic had been director of merchandising for the men’s collection.

This story first appeared in the September 24, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.