News Briefs: Tahitian Move Hopes To Make Waves In U.S…

Tahitian Move Hopes To Make Waves in U.S.

Designer Claudia Ciuti and husband and business partner Roberto Angiolucci are teaming up with flip-flop company Tahitian Move to launch the brand in the U.S.

Ciuti and Angiolucci’s firm, Miami Move LLC, will import and distribute the line, which was founded in 1977.

“We’re very confident. Everybody loved the designs [at the trade shows in February],” said Angiolucci. “The idea of [Polynesian culture] is very important, and people always need fresh, new product.”

The line features a range of brightly colored designs with embellishments such as flowers, Tahitian gods, tattoos and the country’s flag.

Miami Move is targeting a range of specialty independent retailers and large department store chains. It will showcase the brand at the June FFANY show in New York and the Atlanta Shoe Market. Already, the brand is set to appear in 40 U.S. doors, starting in June.

“It can be a very good product, and we’re continuing to get more [U.S. locations],” Angiolucci said.
— Kristen Henning

TSA Promotes Campisi

The Sports Authority Inc. last week announced the promotion of David Campisi to president and CEO.

Campisi succeeds Doug Morton who stepped down from the top position last October, though he remains as chairman. Since that time, Campisi — along with Tom Hendrickson, chief administrative officer and CFO, and COO Greg Waters — has fulfilled the duties of the leadership role.

Now that he is in the CEO spot, Campisi told Footwear News, he plans to refocus the organization around the customer experience and delivering value.

“We’ve done a lot of research, and it tells us our customers look not for discounting but for great brands and value,” he said.

“We’re also about to launch a new training program for our associates, and you’ll see [the effects of] that in our stores at the end of May. You’ll clearly see a change in style and enthusiasm.”

For his part, Morton expressed in a statement his confidence in Campisi. “Most recently, David has proven to be an instrumental leader by delivering strong fourth-quarter results,” he said. “He has been successful in building a world-class executive team that has developed an inspiring plan to deliver growth in 2010 and beyond.” — Wayne Niemi

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