Tom Ott has joined Nicestuff Clothing, a contemporary men’s brand, as an adviser.
Ott, who left Saks Fifth Avenue after a 24-year career last year, will work to increase the brand’s wholesale presence and aid in its overall positioning, product merchandising and planning processes.
Since exiting Saks, where he worked most recently as chief merchant for Off Fifth and Gilt, Ott has signed on to serve as an adviser to a number of brands including Robert Talbott, where he is special adviser for strategic opportunities and is helping with the company’s relaunch. In fact, Ott said he actually has 14 clients, mostly men’s brands, but also retail software.
“I’m looking forward to working with Nicestuff Clothing,” said Ott. “The collection presents the core essentials at an accessible price point that are needed for the modern workplace, which I see fills a gap in the market.”
He said the New York-based brand is rooted in knitwear, which is designed to look professional and feel comfortable. The collection includes wrinkle-resistant button-down shirts, blazers and pants with four-way stretch. It launched strictly as direct-to-consumer and is now sold at Stitch Fix, Rothmans and other specialty stores, Ott said, adding that the plan is to increase its reach to better department stores.
The brand was created in 2019 by a team that has more than 20 years experience in the fashion industry.
During Ott’s tenure at Saks, he served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s and concessions and is credited with designing and merchandising seven standalone men’s stores, developing the Saks Fifth Avenue private label men’s collection and being an early embracer of the designer sneaker trend.