Sam Edelman Apparel Names Leslie Singer President
Sam Edelman, in partnership with leading apparel manufacturer Kellwood Company announced the appointment of Leslie Singer as President of Sam Edelman Apparel, a new division within Kellwood. The new partnership between Sam Edelman and Kellwood marks the beginning of a significant venture into apparel for the award winning shoe designer, further solidifying Sam Edelman as a lifestyle brand. Sam Edelman is owned by Brown Shoe Company.
Singer joins Kellwood from NYDJ, where she lead Sales and Merchandising for Women's Sportswear. Her responsibilities spanned all channels of distribution, including department stores, specialty stores and direct business outlets, such as Zappos and Amazon. Under her leadership, the company saw double-digit growth for more than three years.
Additionally, she has held significant executive positions at Tommy Hilfiger USA, where she was President of Women's Sportswear and served as Executive Vice President of Tommy Jeans, and at Sean John, where she was President of its Junior Sportswear division.
Her previous experience includes tenure at Nautica, where she was Vice President of Sales and Merchandising for Women's Sportswear and with Guess as Vice President of Sales. Leslie began her career in department stores and over the span of 15 years, she worked her way up through the buying organizations of Macy's and Abraham and Strauss to become a Divisional Merchandise Manager for Children's Wear at A&S and Dresses at Macy's East.
"When we inked our partnership with Sam Edelman, Leslie was the first person that came to mind when considering who would lead this new division," said Lynn Shanahan, Kellwood's Chief Executive Officer. "We are thrilled that she has joined us. She is one of the best merchants in the market place and has unparalleled retail relationships."