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Selfridges boosts menswear team with trio of hires

Selfridges has bolstered its menswear buying team with three appointments designed to bring a broader skills base to the division.

The department store has poached head of buying Eleanor Robinson to become buying manager for menswear. Robinson was at the etailer for three years.

Paul Baptiste has also joined as buying manager for accessories. He was previously operations manager at Chelsea lifestyle boutique The Shop at Bluebird.

Luke Mountain has been appointed as menswear buying manager, joining from New York department store Bergdorf Goodman, where he was a buyer for men’s designer collections and luxury sportswear. He replaces Adam Kelly, who left for Fenwick this summer.

The three will join Terry Betts, who takes the reins as director of menswear next month. Betts was buying manager at etailer Mr Porter and replaces Anita Barr, who also left this summer. The team will report into buying and merchandising director Sebastian Manes.

He said: “We are very excited about the imminent arrival of new additions to our buying team in particular within menswear, whom we have recruited from around the world.  We are bringing on board fantastic expertise, especially in digital and luxury, which supports our long term strategy of ensuring our men’s offer is at the top of its game.’

Drapers also understands that Arcadia finance director Katrina Nurse is joining Selfridges, taking over from Mark Raban, who resigned at the same time as Barr. Nurse has been at Arcadia for almost 20 years.

Selfridges declined to comment on the move, and no one from Arcadia was available for comment.

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