Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Payless taps Michael Kors' Bernard Figueroa

Score a new coup for cheap chic. Payless ShoeSource, whose past designer team-ups have included Abaeté and Lela Rose, announced today that it has hired Bernard Figueroa, most recently head of footwear design for Michael Kors, as Payless' director of design for women's footwear. "We are delighted to have someone of Bernard's talent and experience join the New York design team, a key group in our mission to democratize fashion and design in footwear by delivering brands that offer great style and design at a great price," said Matt Rubel, CEO of Payless ShoeSource. "At Michael Kors, he managed all footwear product development for the MK and Kors labels and before that he launched his own luxe brand that sold internationally for a decade. We are thrilled to have Bernard join us and to focus on product design and development for our expanding women's brands."

Figueroa worked with Michael Kors since 2000, serving as design director and later vice president of design. Prior to joining Michael Kors, he launched his own couture collection of footwear and accessories, called Figueroa, which sold globally from 1993 to 2003 including at Bergdorf Goodman, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue. He begins this month.

Via The Daily News