New position will energize and revitalize the company's product focus
NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Liz Claiborne Inc. today
announced that Tim Gunn will join the company as chief creative officer,
effective March 5, 2007. In this position, Mr. Gunn will be responsible for
attracting, retaining and developing the creative talent within the Liz
Claiborne Inc. portfolio of brands. He will report directly to William L.
McComb, chief executive officer, Liz Claiborne Inc.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. McComb said: "Words cannot express how
happy we are to have Tim on board as our 'Creative Dean.' His mission is
twofold: return our culture to one that is friendlier to the creative process
and help shape more competitive, consistent and compelling product. To be
clear, this role is not that of master editor -- the divisions will continue
to have full control of the brand positioning and product design. Rather, Tim
will be a spokesperson for the creative community, a champion of product
innovation, integrity and exceptional price-value and a catalyst for the
creation of the irresistible product our consumers want and deserve. He is
also charged with creating systems to further develop our creative community
and scouting the market for great talent."
McComb continued, "While we knew of and had great respect for Tim through
his work at Parsons, we like many Americans got to know him even better
through Bravo's Project Runway. Tim knows we fully support his Bravo projects,
including his own upcoming series 'Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.' In fact, it is
his involvement in these initiatives and the design world at large that will
help keep Tim vital in this new role."
Mr. Gunn said: "Though this is not something I had envisioned for myself,
I jumped at the chance to serve as a mentor, advisor and sounding board for
the design and merchandising community within Liz Claiborne Inc. The talent
that currently exists at Liz is phenomenal and I am up to the challenge of
harnessing and focusing such strength. Bill, Trudy Sullivan and their entire
team are infused with contagious energy and I feel lucky to have the
opportunity to contribute to a company with such a pioneering heritage and
broad consumer reach."
Previously, Mr. Gunn served as the chair of the Department of Fashion
Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. He joined
Parsons in 1982 and was associate dean from 1989 to 2000, when he assumed his
current position. Since 2004, Mr. Gunn has been appearing on the Bravo
television show, Project Runway, serving as mentor to the show's fashion
designer contestants. Later this year, Mr. Gunn will also star in his own show
on the network, "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style," based on his forthcoming book.
Liz Claiborne Inc. designs and markets an extensive range of branded
women's and men's apparel, accessories and fragrance products. Our diverse
portfolio of quality brands -- available domestically and internationally via
wholesale and retail channels -- consistently meets the widest range of
consumers' fashion needs, from classic to contemporary, active to relaxed and
denim to streetwear. Liz Claiborne Inc.'s brands include Axcess, Bora Bora, C
& C California, Claiborne, Concepts by Claiborne, Curve, Dana Buchman,
Elisabeth, Ellen Tracy, Emma James, Enyce, First Issue, Intuitions, J.H.
Collectibles, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Kenzie, Kenziegirl, Laundry by Shelli
Segal, LIZ, Liz & Co., Liz Claiborne, Lucky Brand Jeans, Mac & Jac, Mambo,
Marvella, Mexx, Monet, Monet 2, Prana, Realities, Sigrid Olsen, Soul by Curve,
Spark, Stamp 10, Tapemeasure, Tint, Trifari, Villager and Yzza. In addition,
Liz Claiborne Inc. holds the exclusive, long-term license to produce and sell
men's and women's collections of DKNY(R) Jeans and DKNY(R) Active in the
Western Hemisphere. The Company also has the exclusive license to produce
jewelry under the Kenneth Cole New York and Reaction Kenneth Cole brand names.
SOURCE Liz Claiborne Inc.
CONTACT: Jane Randel, +1-212-626-3408, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dana
Stambaugh, +1-212-636-3491, email@example.com, both of Liz Claiborne
Web site: http://www.lizclaiborne.com