Stephen Gill, the managing director of footwear supplier Browning, has left the business amidst difficult trading.
Gill joined the business last year. Daniel Rubin, executive chairman of Browning, has taken on the additional responsibilities of managing director.
Rubin said he was looking to shift to a direct sourcing model with factories in the Far East and that he was in the process of severing ties with one of Browning’s long term suppliers.
Browning has set up an office in China to carry out product development and handle deliveries.
Rubin told Drapers: “My experience is well placed to oversee the change, especially at a time when margin is under pressure and currency is an issue. We need to go direct to market ourselves and be vertically integrated. We can’t afford to have too many people in the middle. There is a good future for the business.”
Rubin, who is also the managing director of footwear chain Dune, said Dune had performed well over the Christmas trading period, with like-for-like sales flat and margin up “considerably” against the same period last year.