REAL ESTATE

Filson Co. debuts in Manhattan

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Outdoor garments and accessories outfitter C.C. Filson Co. has opened its first retail store on the East Coast, in downtown Manhattan.

The approximately 1,800 sq.-ft. store sells the company’s signature luggage, leather accessories, apparel and iconic outerwear, and also is the first Filson location to offer its new line of camera bags, developed in collaboration with Magnum Photos.

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Vera Bradley taps former OfficeMax exec to head e-commerce, omnichannel efforts

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Accessories retailer Vera Bradley has named former OfficeMax executive Thomas R. Giacalone as VP e-commerce.

"Growing our e-commerce business is a critical piece of our five-year strategic plan, and we are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Giacalone’s background and caliber join Vera Bradley to lead this important function," said CEO Robert Wallstrom.

Giacalone will be in charge of setting the strategic and tactical direction for verabradley.com and all of the digital operations associated with presenting the Vera Bradley brand on the Web. In an effort to grow Vera Bradley as an omnichannel company, he will collaborate with many partners on both the retail (direct) and wholesale (indirect) sides of the business to establish the course for the company’s enhanced digital strategy.

Since 2012, Giacalone has served as VP of omnichannel strategy and e-commerce operations for OfficeMax, where he led the omnichannel customer experience and drove operational efficiencies and revenue growth. Prior to that, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in stores, merchandising, operations and e-commerce with Sears Holdings, including the post of divisional VP/general manager of multichannel management.

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Build-A-Bear Workship adds new board member

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St. Louis — Build-A-Bear Workshop said that Michael Shaffer has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Shaffer, 51, will serve as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee. He is executive VP, COO and CFO for New York-based PVH Corp. where he oversees the retail division, treasury, corporate finance, information technology, and logistics services.

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