Project Cancels New York Show, Hires President

The Project trade show has made some changes.

The footwear and apparel show announced Thursday that the July event in New York has been canceled and Kiki De Montparnasse co-founder Andrew Pollard has been named president.

“Sometimes tough decisions are needed to create radical change,” said Pollard, in a written statement. “Project doesn’t do status quo, and that’s what we feel is happening in the NYC market. Our customer is our No. 1 priority, and we plan to drive innovation back into the market by creating something completely fresh and new for them.”

The New York show will return in January 2011, when Project will reveal a new format, yet to be disclosed.

Pollard, who was handpicked by Project founder and former president Sam Ben-Avraham, is a veteran of the fashion industry. In addition to his work with Kiki De Montparnasse, he launched Diesel Jeans in Australia and relaunched Italian fashion company Sixty SpA in the U.S.

The Las Vegas edition of Project will continue August 17-19, as scheduled, with previews of the new concept expected at Mandalay Bay.

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