Six:02, Stamford, Conn.
Fashion and fitness come together at Six:02, a new retail format from Foot Locker. Designed for young, active women, the store offers on-trend athletic apparel, footwear and accessories in a stylish, inviting environment.
The store has a loft-like residential feel, with nesting tables, furniture-inspired fixtures and hardwood floors that reflect the customer’s sense of style while making her feel right at home.
While the merchandise selection is fitness-oriented, many of the items can also work for casual wear. To amplify the crossover story, mannequins are “in action” and grouped together throughout the store to show how layered looks make it easy to go from the gym to the juice bar. Trendier styles are shown with more athletic items to create looks that are both fashionable and fitness-inspired.
The fitting room area includes a common space with comfortable seating. A large-scale leaning mirror, transom windows and exposed wire light fixture reinforces the loft-like feel of the store.
Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio
Former Clarks exec steps into new role at Wolverine Worldwide
Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Frank Annunziata as VP and general manager of Sebago. Annunziata will be responsible for further developing the brand’s global growth platform of footwear, apparel and accessories, and will report to Ted Gedra, president of the company’s Heritage Group.
Annunziata most recently served as SVP of sales for the Clarks Footwear Company. He has developed high-end brands in department stores and other premium distribution channels. Sebago will leverage Annunziata’s more than 30 years of experience integrating marketing, sales and product development efforts in support of leading lifestyle brands to achieve its global brand-building goals.
"The Heritage Group team is very pleased to be joined by a footwear industry leader of Frank’s caliber,” said Gedra. “Our Sebago brand has been poised for some time to have breakout growth, and we believe that Frank’s passion and leadership is just the catalyst the brand needs. His experience in building brands in premium distribution channels and his ability to establish long-term, meaningful relationships with some of the world’s leading retailers provide a great fit for an authentic brand like Sebago."
"Sebago is truly a world-class, premium lifestyle brand," said Annunziata. "The brand’s authentic, New England heritage make it a timeless and classic choice for the closets of discerning consumers. I am thrilled to be joining not only the Sebago and Heritage Group team, but also a leading global footwear company like Wolverine. Being a part of this organization with a focus on building lifestyle brands and powerful, industry-leading international expertise is an opportunity I am very excited to have."
Before his time at Clarks, Annunziata also spent time in leadership roles at other top footwear companies including Bostonian, Rockport and G.H. Bass. He received a BS in education from the University of Maine.
Wolverine World Wide is a global leading marketer of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children’s and uniform footwear and apparel. The company’s portfolio of brands includes Merrell, Sperry Top-Sider, Hush Puppies, Saucony, Wolverine, Keds, Stride Rite, Sebago, Cushe, Chaco, Bates, Hytest, and Soft Style. The company also is the global footwear licensee of the Cat, Harley-Davidson and Patagonia brands. The company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in approximately 200 countries and territories.
Gander Mountain appoints president & COO
Gander Mountain has promoted Mike Owens to the position of president and COO. Owens was the company’s EVP and COO since joining in 2009.
“This is an exciting time for Gander Mountain, and we are very optimistic about our future,” said chairman of the board and CEO David Pratt, who has overseen a sizeable expansion in the past 18 months. “In Mike we have a true leader in driving further growth and success for Gander Mountain across our network of stores. I offer my personal congratulations to Mike on a well-deserved promotion.”
Prior to joining Gander Mountain, Owens spent 27 years in roles of increasing responsibility at Anheuser-Busch. After leading the merchant, marketing, distribution and store operations group, he will take on responsibilities for finance and information systems.
Reporting to Owens will be CFO Bob Vold, EVP and chief merchant Kerry Graskewicz, EVP of marketing Steve Uline, SVP of operations, retail and e-commerce Derek Siddons and director of Gander Mountain Academy Chris Juelich.
Eric Jacobsen, EVP, general counsel and director of real estate site selection, and Lisa Schmidt, SVP of facilities development, store design and visual merchandising, will continue reporting to Pratt.
Gander Mountain is in the midst of a sizeable expansion, with stores opening in Valdosta, Ga., Morrisville, N.C., Lafayette, Ind., Opelika, Ala., Florence, Ala., Winston-Salem, N.C., Gastonia, N.C., Monroe, N.C., Rogers, Minn., Tuscaloosa, Ala., Charlottesville, Va., Lewisville, Texas, Mesquite, Texas, Round Rock, Texas and San Antonio, Texas throughout the past 18 months. Additional new stores will open in Dothan, Ala., Albany, Ga. and Tampa, Fla. in the coming weeks, with more new store announcements expected soon.