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Exclusive: Formalwear buyer Carsten Skovgaard in John Lewis exit

John Lewis formalwear buyer Carsten Skovgaard is stepping down after almost five years at the retailer.

He will leave in April, and it is not yet known who his replacement will be or what his plans are.

Skovgaard took on the formalwear buyer position in October last year, after spending the previous four-and-a-half-years as branded menswear buyer at the department store chain. Before joining John Lewis he worked at Harrods for 11 years as a menswear buyer.

Director of buying for fashion Matt McCormack said: “Carsten has chosen to leave John Lewis in April to pursue other opportunities. We’re delighted with his contribution and we wish him lots of luck.”

A manager at one menswear brand stocked by John Lewis described Skovgaard as “very well respected” in the industry. “Wherever he goes he will do great things. He has totally changed branded menswear at John Lewis,” he said.

During his time at the retailer Skovgaard introduced new labels in store including men’s casualwear brand Grayers, and updated the online offer with brands including Merc and Farhi by Nicole Farhi.

Meanwhile, it emerged late last week that John Lewis is making 325 department manager roles redundant.

Each branch has about 10 department managers, who are due to be replaced by one or two more senior managers in 28 of the retailer’s 40 stores.

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