23 Mar Ken Downing Steps down from Neiman Marcus after 28 Years
Updated on March 30, 2019 with Downing's latest announcement.
Senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing, is leaving the luxury retailer effective on March 29, 2019. Stepping down from his role after 28 years with the national department store, Downing has played a key role in bringing the trends and designers to Neiman’s and shaping Neiman’s fashion profile, in both women’s and men’s wear.
“It has been a monumental experience being part of Neiman Marcus for so many years,” said Downing in an official statement. “The invaluable relationships I’ve forged with colleagues, brand partners and certainly my customers will always be something I cherish personally and professionally. As I take on the next chapter in an industry I have been proud to be a part of, I look forward to new challenges and experiences.”
“Ken has been an unparalleled brand ambassador for Neiman Marcus through the years,” said Geoffroy van Raemdonck, CEO of The Neiman Marcus Group, in an official statement. “He has had a unique connection with our customers and a creative approach to fashion and styling. Our retail experience and fashion teams look forward to carrying on our innovation in customer events and presentation, as Ken takes on new experiences.”
A successor has not yet been announced and with other departures which include Jim Gold, president, and Neva Hall, executive vice president for Neiman Marcus stores, the company faces many changes this year looking to fill those shoes, especially after their grand opening of their first store in Manhattan in the Shops at Hudson Yards.
Downing’s “More is more, and less is a bore” approach will be missed. Downing has accepted the position of creative director at Canadian mall developer Triple Five Group, which owns large centers including the Mall of America and the soon-to-open American Dream Meadowlands. At Triple Five he will lead all design, marketing, events and PR related activities while reporting to American Dream president Don Ghermezian.