NEW YORK, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kate Spade & Company (NYSE: KATE) announced today that Emilia Fabricant will join the Company as Executive Vice President, President of North America, effective June 29, 2015. In this role, Ms. Fabricant will oversee the Company's North America business, with responsibilities across all distribution channels, and will report to Craig A. Leavitt, Chief Executive Officer.
"Emilia's combination of experience with luxury retailers, mall-based retailers and online businesses makes her an excellent fit for our team. She will bring valuable leadership and perspective as we continue to focus on our channel-agnostic approach and on fulfilling our lifestyle vision to drive profitability," said Mr. Leavitt. "As our business continues to expand across our four category pillars - women's, men's, children's and home - Emilia will play a central role in overseeing all aspects of our distribution channels in North America."
Ms. Fabricant has nearly 25 years of experience in executive leadership and merchandising roles. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President of Aeropostale, Inc. overseeing design and merchandising across all divisions, and serving as President of GoJane.com. Prior, she served as President of bebe stores, inc., as well as President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Charlotte Russe, Inc. Ms. Fabricant also founded Cadeau Maternity, and served as President and Chief Merchandising Officer of eStyle, Inc. following its acquisition of Cadeau. Ms. Fabricant began her merchandising career with Barneys New York, where she served in a number of management roles, culminating with Senior Vice President, Women's Co Op and Outlet Division.
Ms. Fabricant stated, "I am proud to be joining Kate Spade & Company. Over the past several years, I have watched the Company build incredible momentum in North America and grow consumer appeal and demand across product categories. I am eager to apply my experience in brand management and merchandising to Kate Spade & Company and look forward to working with its talented, innovative team."
ABOUT KATE SPADE & COMPANY
Kate Spade & Company (NYSE: KATE) designs and markets accessories and apparel principally under two global, multichannel lifestyle brands: kate spade new york and Jack Spade. With collections spanning demographics, genders and geographies, the brands are intended to accent customers' interesting lives and inspire adventure at each turn. The Company also owns the Adelington Design Group, a private brand jewelry design and development group that markets brands through department stores and serves jcpenney via exclusive supplier agreements for the Liz Claiborne and Monet jewelry lines. The Company also has a license for the Liz Claiborne New York brand, available at QVC, and Lizwear, which is distributed through the club store channel. Visit www.katespadeandcompany.com for more information.
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