2012 November 16
Joseph Abboud Resigns From HMX Group
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(NEW YORK) After HMX Group declared bankruptcy last month, Joseph Abboud has now resigned as president and chief creative officer. Since July 2010, Abboud has helmed creative direction for HMX's roster of brands, including Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, Coppley, Bobby Jones, Exclusively Misook, Simply Blue, and Monarchy Collection. Abboud will continue to provide consulting services to the company throughout the restructuring process.
Abboud's career began as associate director of menswear design at Ralph Lauren in 1981, which eventually led to the launch of his eponymous clothing label in 1986; the line subsequently scored back-to-back honors as the CFDA's Best Menswear Designer.
During his stint at HMX he also worked on a variety of other projects including a special 125th anniversary collection for Hart Schaffner Marx (HSM), the relaunch of Palm Beach, the Argyle Culture licensed brand by Russell Simmons, and the never-released Reid & Taylor apparel collection from HMX’s parent, S. Kumars Nationwide Ltd. Outside of his HMX work, Abboud designed the Black Brown 1826 label for Hudson’s Bay Co., which generated $60 million in retail sales and is projected to grow between $150 million to $200 million in the next three years.
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