Designer Dish. Narciso Rodriguez’s Longtime Business Partner Steps Down

October 28, 2010 • Fashion


More news of exces leaving labels today, and this time its none other than SCS favorite Narciso Rodriguez. Rodriguez's longtime business partner, Kathy Kalesti, is leaving the fashion house at the end of this week.

Having joined forces with Rodriguez in 1997, Kalesti was the senior vice president of the sales and marketing until she was promotod to president at the end of 2009. "Working with Narciso has been a great experience," she said on her departure. Rodriguez also seems appreciative for the time they spent together, noting, " I'm grateful for all of her efforts and support her decision to pursue other interests."

So there was no rift that caused the professional breakup. Similar to the recent departure of Betsey Johnson's business partner Chantal Bacon, it seems Kalesti is just ready to move on. Kalesti will be replaced but by whom, is not yet clear. Robert J. Wichser, the former principal at the Yucaipa Cos. and president and ceo of Sean John. Wischer has been working with Rodriguex for the past several months and will assume Kalesti's responsibilities until a replacement is named.

Article Source: WWD

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