Veteran menswear buyer Adrian Gibson has been appointed men’s contemporary buyer for the Altayer Group of department stores in Dubai, which comprises Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales.
Gibson has been in his current role as menswear buyer at Harvey Nichols in the UK since 2005. He was previously menswear buyer at Harrods from 2003 to 2005 and menswear buying manager at Selfridges from 1990 to 2003.
Gibson will report to Altayer vice president of merchandising Richard Johnson, who was buying controller at Harvey Nichols in the UK from 2007 until 2012.
“The move is a new challenge for me in a very exciting market,” said Gibson. “The Middle Eastern market is booming and Altayer has plans to open two Harvey Nichols stores and one Bloomingdales within the next year or so.”
Gibson starts his role officially today with buying trips in Europe, and will move to Dubai at the end of the month.
Darren Skey, head of menswear at Harvey Nichols, said: “Adrian Gibson’s replacement is yet to be announced. The new appointment will be tasked with strengthening our casualwear offer at a time of significant growth for Harvey Nichols. Spring/summer 2015 will see the renovation of the Knightsbridge flagship store, starting with a radical overhaul of menswear. The space will be transformed and will re-launch in early 2016.”