The changes have begun at Tailored Brands.
The California-based men’s wear retailer has parted ways with Scott Norris, the long-time chief merchant for its flagship Men’s Wearhouse division, WWD has learned.
Norris, who had been with the company since the mid-1990s, was named brand president of Men’s Wearhouse and Moores in 2014. He started his career as a buyer for Macy’s in 1991 and joined The Men’s Wearhouse as executive vice president and general merchandise manager in 1996, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“After 22 incredible years and countless contributions to The Men’s Wearhouse, Scott Norris has decided to leave the company to try something new,” a company spokesperson confirmed. “We wish him every success in his next chapter.”
Norris could not be reached for comment.
Last fall, Tailored Brands brought Carrie Ask on board as president of the Men’s Wearhouse and Moores brands. Norris, who had held that position since 2014, was named chief merchant.
At the end of March, the company elevated Dinesh Lathi, the former executive chairman, to chief executive officer, succeeding Doug Ewert, who had retired from the top post at the end of September 2018.
Lathi has been highly critical of the company’s past strategies, saying the retailer has underinvested in its business and failed to keep pace with a rapidly changing customer. He believes the company needs to change quickly to offer more personalized products and services, a better omnichannel experience and fewer promotions.
In the fourth quarter ended Feb. 2, net income at Tailored Brands totaled $6.2 million, up from losses of $499,000 a year earlier. Total sales fell to 8.6 percent to $785.8 million from $859.9 million. For the full year, profits dropped to $83.2 million from $96.7 million, as sales declined to $3.2 billion from $3.3 billion.