DSW’s Affiliated Business Group division will be the exclusive provider of footwear for Loehmann’s department stores in the U.S. and for Loehmmans.com starting in December, the companies announced yesterday.
Columbus, Ohio-based ABG will have all buying and planning responsibilities for the men’s and women’s footwear departments. Staffing will continue to be overseen by New York-based Loehmann’s.
After beginning with a small rollout in December, the companies expect the full chain and website to be launched with the ABG footwear assortment in the first quarter of 2014.
“We are thrilled with our partnership with ABG. Through their association with DSW Inc., ABG’s expertise in creating a compelling assortment in footwear at everyday value will elevate our product offering to our savvy, fashion-conscious customers,” Steven Newman, Loehmann’s CEO, said in the release.
“We look forward to partnering with Loehmann’s,” Mike MacDonald, president and CEO of DSW, said in the statement. “Our broad supplier base, product knowledge and retail capability will support Loehmann’s brand positioning objectives.”