Liz Claiborne Inc. has
announced that Isaac Mizrahi has been named Creative Director for the
Liz Claiborne brand. In this role, Mr.
Mizrahi will oversee the design and marketing functions for women's
apparel, accessories and licensing. Mr. Mizrahi's first collection for
Liz Claiborne will arrive in stores in spring 2009.
William L. McComb,
Chief Executive Officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., said: "We are thrilled to
welcome Isaac to our team and believe that his innovative design sense
and widespread appeal will breathe new life into the Liz Claiborne
brand. It is certainly no secret that the brand has been lacking a clear
and cohesive vision and has languished as a result. With this
appointment, we are taking a major step towards our goal of creating
irresistible product that will provide today's discerning woman with a
compelling reason to buy."
Mr. Mizrahi said: "Liz Claiborne is an American fashion icon. Her
clothes were not only beautiful, not only smart, they were
revolutionary. She invented separates, and invented an entirely new
category in the department store. She made fashion friendly and
accessible and in doing so she became every woman's best friend. These
are all ideas I treasure and I'm honored to have the opportunity to
build on this fantastic legacy and excited to reestablish the label as a
must-have. And as excited as I am about developing Liz Claiborne, the
collaboration also affords fantastic opportunities for growth in my own
Dave McTague, Executive Vice President, Partnered Brands for Liz
Claiborne Inc., said: "Isaac is an amazing designer, but also an astute,
successful and innovative businessman who understands the challenges we
face in today's marketplace. As an international fashion icon himself,
who resonates strongly with fashion-conscious consumers, he is the ideal
person to help us achieve our objectives. Most importantly, Isaac knows
this woman; he loves this woman. His own core values as a designer --
among them fit, color, comfort, style and value -- mesh perfectly with
the philosophy under which this brand was founded."
As a leader in the design business for almost twenty years, Isaac
Mizrahi (www.isaacmizrahiny.com) has been awarded four CFDA awards,
including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary
"UNZIPPED." In 2000 he starred in the one-man off-Broadway show, Les
MIZrahi. Mizrahi's women's collection is available both domestically and
internationally. His menswear collection will be expanding its
distribution in fall 2008. Since 2003, Mizrahi has designed
ready-to-wear, accessory, home, and pet collections for Target. In
addition, he oversees various licenses including shoes and home
furnishing fabrics. Television audiences have come to love Mizrahi as
the host of his own series on both the Oxygen Network and the Style
Network. In February, he will launch his new web-based series "WATCHISAAC"
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Liz Claiborne Inc. designs and markets an extensive range of branded
women's and men's apparel, accessories and fragrance products.
Their 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. For more information, visit