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Harrods fashion and beauty director McKee steps up as chief merchant

Harrods group fashion and beauty director Marigay McKee has been promoted to chief merchant.

The appointment is McKee’s fourth major promotion since joining Harrods 12 years ago.

Marigay McKee

She joined Harrods in 1999 as a senior buyer of perfumery and cosmetics, before stepping up as general manager of beauty in 2000. She was promoted a year later to director of beauty, before adding womenswear to her remit in 2004.

In 2005, McKee was appointed to the Harrods board. Just two years later, she was appointed group director of fashion and beauty, overseeing mens, kids and sports in addition to womens and beauty.

McKee is now understood to be taking responsibility for fashion accessories, fine jewellery and watches, with Abigail Rainer, director of fashion accessories, fine jewellery and watches, luxury gifts and stationery departing the business.

Under McKee, Harrods has increased the space devoted to super brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior, as well as championing emerging British designers, giving two paid internships to graduates through a partnership with the British Fashion Council last year.

McKee currently oversees around 2,000 staff and 1,000 brands, representing 50% of the store’s £1bn turnover (£500m of sales).

She also sits on the board of the British Fashion Council.

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