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Jones Bootmaker appoints head of design

Jones Bootmaker has appointed Barbara Paleka Lucas as its new head of design to join Sarah Davies, who recently became chief product officer at the footwear retailer.

Barbara Paleka Lucas

Barbara Paleka Lucas

Paleka Lucas has spent more than 12 years in the footwear industry, having previously worked with Kurt Geiger, Dune Group, Liz Claiborne, AllSaints and Hunter.

She will oversee and build a design team of men’s, women’s, kids and accessories designers under the guidance of Davies.

Davies, who joined the footwear chain at the end of June, joined Arcadia as Dorothy Perkins’ buying director in March 2014.

She was head of buying for footwear and accessories at Marks & Spencer from 2007 until 2010 and has previously held buying roles at F&F and Debenhams.

“I look forward to setting up a new vocabulary at Jones Bootmaker—a storied brand with a fascinating and untapped history,” said Paleka Lucas. “As the first retailer in London to fit electric lighting, we will harness that pioneering spirit and energy for future collections.”

The head of design appointment is a new role and chief executive David Short said: “Her skills will be instrumental in our continued drive to improve the Jones Bootmaker product offer.”

In October 2015 Alteri Investors bought Jones Bootmaker and Brantano for €17m (£12.2m) from now bankrupt Dutch firm Macintosh. In January Brantano fell into administration. A month later Alteri bought the majority of Brantano out of administration for £7m, saving 81 stores, 59 concessions and 1,372 jobs. The sale excluded 57 stores and one concession.

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