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Fenwick lures another Selfridges buyer

A third senior menswear figure from Selfridges is leaving to join rival department store Fenwick.

Richard Sanderson, buying manager of men’s casualwear, bodywear, streetwear and shoes, has resigned to become head of menswear at Bentalls’ Kingston upon Thames store, which is owned by Fenwick. He succeeds John Pattinson, who is retiring in October after 20 years at Bentalls.

Sanderson’s exit follows that of menswear buying manager Adam Kelly, who left for Fenwick’s Bond Street branch in London to become fashion and beauty director earlier this month.

Kelly joined his former boss David Walker-Smith, who stepped down as buying and merchandising director for menswear, beauty, home and technology at Selfridges in December to become managing director of Fenwick in Bond Street.

Sanderson joined Selfridges in 2000 as buying manager of men’s formalwear and accessories. Before this he was a buyer at Liberty for two years and an apparel development manager at Harrods from 1990 to 1996.

Selfridges was unable to confirm whether a replacement for Sanderson would be hired.

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