Kenneth Cole Hires Yoriko Powell

Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. named Yoriko Powell as VP of design for women’s footwear, effective today.
 
In her new role, Powell will lead design efforts for the Kenneth Cole New York and Kenneth Cole Reaction women’s footwear collections. She will report to Creative Director Ingo Wilts.
 
Powell, an industry veteran, is returning to the place where her career started, nearly two decades ago.
 
Most recently, she spent five years at Nine West Footwear Corp. as the VP of product development for Enzo Angiolini. Prior to that, she worked in executive roles at Stride Rite Corp. and at Jimlar Corp. In addition, she owned a namesake company that focused on the designing, manufacturing and selling of high-end women’s footwear to wholesale accounts in the U.S. and Japan.
 
“Our company’s heritage is in women’s footwear [and it] remains a critically important category for us,” Cole said in a statement. “Yoriko is rejoining the company at a time when we are focused on building additional strength in this area, and her depth of experience and track record in developing collections for the markets we serve will be a tremendous asset.”