Roopal Patel Named Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue
NEW YORK (September 10, 2015) – Saks Fifth Avenue today announced that Roopal Patel has been appointed Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue, effective immediately. A strategic fashion consultant, Ms. Patel’s appointment will strengthen the role of the newly shaped Fashion Office at Saks, within the merchant organization, fashion industry and ultimately consumers. She will report to Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchant of Saks Fifth Avenue.
“Roopal is a respected force in the industry with high energy and a deep understanding of today’s luxury fashion consumer, and we are so pleased to welcome her to Saks,” said Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue. “I am confident that her demonstrated expertise in trend direction combined with Tracy’s leadership in fashion merchandising, will be invaluable as we continue to elevate the brand and position Saks as a modern and relevant fashion authority in luxury retailing.”
Ms. Patel will play a key role in forecasting the trends that underpin all of Saks’ buying activities, articulating the store’s seasonal fashion message, and scouting fresh designers and collections. She joins Saks Fifth Avenue from Roopal Patel Consulting, a creative consultancy she founded in 2012, with a focus on brand development and positioning, merchandising retail strategy, and trend forecasting. She spent more than a decade at Neiman Marcus, where she served as Senior Fashion Director of Bergdorf Goodman as well as Senior Accessory Market Editor for Neiman Marcus. More recently she was Executive Fashion Director of the innovative luxury fashion e-tailer Moda Operandi.
Ms. Patel said, “I am truly honored to join Saks Fifth Avenue during this exciting and dynamic time. I have long admired Saks Fifth Avenue’s iconic history and am thrilled to be on the team. I look forward to working with Marc, Tracy, and the entire Saks team to bring an elevated fashion message to the customer and build a strong future for Saks.”
ABOUT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 38 full-line stores in 22 states, five international licensed stores and saks.com, the company’s online store.
ABOUT HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY
Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Today, HBC offers customers a range of retailing categories and shopping experiences primarily in the United States and Canada. Our leading banners – Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH – offer a compelling assortment of apparel, accessories, shoes, beauty and home merchandise. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s most prominent department store with 90 full-line locations, two outlet stores and thebay.com. Lord & Taylor operates 50 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S., four Lord & Taylor outlet locations and lordandtaylor.com. Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent luxury specialty retailers, comprises 38 U.S. stores, five international licensed stores and saks.com. OFF 5TH offers value-oriented merchandise through 85 U.S. stores and saksoff5th.com. The Company also operates Home Outfitters, Canada’s largest kitchen, bed and bath specialty superstore with 67 locations. Hudson’s Bay Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HBC.”
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