Former Calvin Klein Exec Joins Sears

Sep 12, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

A former Calvin Klein executive has been named to take charge of Sears’ softer side, reports Crain’s Chicago Business.

Sears announced yesterday that Carrie Shigetomi, a former executive with Calvin Klein, is its new vice president of brand development. Ms. Shigetomi will be responsible for overseeing the retailer’s private label apparel lines and for building national brands sold in Sears.

At Calvin Klein, Ms. Shigetomi served as vice president of design administration and product development. She oversaw design and product development of Klein’s women’s collection, men’s collection, cK men’s and women’s, and shoes and accessories.

She will report to Mindy Meads, executive vice president and general manager, apparel, Sears.

“Carrie is highly regarded in the fashion industry and a proven leader with deep experience in brand building,” Meads said in a released statement. “She will play a critical role in Sears’ strategy to build our national and private apparel brand offering.”

Moderator’s Comment: How will Carrie Shigetomi’s appointment affect Sears’ apparel and accessories strategy?

As the Crain’s Chicago Business reporter wrote, Sears is a “department store not exactly known for setting style trends.” Might that be about to change?
Anderson – Moderator

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