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HoF rejigs its womenswear team for the second time

House of Fraser has hired Bentalls womenswear boss Judy Cimdins as part of a second restructure of its womenswear team.

Cimdins is expected to join HoF as head of product and concessions next week and will take on Julie Woodhead’s responsibilities. Woodhead left the department store chain this week. Cimdins was head of womenswear at Bentalls in Kingston upon Thames, part of the Fenwick department store group.

Cimdins’ appointment is the latest reshuffle of HoF’s buying department since the group was bought last year by a consortium including Baugur, Sir Tom Hunter, Kevin Stanford and Don McCarthy. In March, Caroline Withey left her role at HoF as classic womenswear buyer to join TK Maxx. She was replaced by Woodhead, who was previously buying manager in the menswear team.

HoF has tried to secure Cimdins’ skills on a previous occasion. She nearly joined as womenswear development manager in 2005 but the appointment fell through.

Separately, HoF’s demandsfor new supplier terms (Drapers, September 22) sparked more anger among suppliers this week.

One menswear supplier said it would end its relationship with HoF if the demands were enforced. The supplier said: “The discount is so high that it will seriously damage the market.

“Once other retailers hear about it, they will demand similar discounts. Brands will have to raise prices.”

Another supplier said: “We’ll reject these changes fully, even if it means we have to part company.”

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