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Exclusive: Selfridges' director of menswear resurfaces at AllSaints

Selfridges’ former director of menswear Anita Barr has resurfaced at AllSaints.

Barr is joining the premium retailer as global director of product merchandising in November.

She had worked at Selfridges since 2001, working her way up from senior buyer for menswear. Before that she worked at Harrods.

AllSaints chief executive William Kim said Barr would work closely with the design, production and supply chain teams to “further develop our ready-to-wear collections, as well as create new categories for AllSaints”.

He added: “We look forward gaining from her considerable experience in order to produce new and exciting opportunities for our brand.”

Barr said: “First and foremost I’m a product person and this role gives me the opportunity to concentrate all my energy and focus into one brand.”

She was part of the exodus from Selfridges in May, which also saw the departure of menswear buying manager Adam Kelly, who has since joined Fenwick. At least another seven members of staff handed in their notices at the same time.

AllSaints has also hired Beverlie Choa as global director of retail merchandising, starting from September 2013. Choa has previously worked at both Urban Outfitters and Levi’s.

Selfridges this week poached Mr Porter’s buying manager Terry Betts to fill Barr’s vacated role.

Betts, who will report into Manes, has been Mr Porter’s buying manager for just over a year. Before that he was senior menswear buyer at the etailer, having joined in 2010 from Harvey Nichols, where he was menswear buyer for five years.

A spokesman for Selfridges confirmed Betts’ appointment, but was unable to specify when he would be joining the team.

No spokespeople for Mr Porter responded to requests for a comment.

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