NEW YORK—HMX officially announced that it has appointed designer Joseph Abboud as president and chief creative officer of all brands, including Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, Coppley, Bobby Jones and Monarchy. The first collections under Abboud’s oversight will be showing for the July markets.
“Joseph Abboud is not only an influential design talent, but also a signature figure in American fashion,” commented HMX chief executive Doug Williams. “I’m excited to be working together to create a new traditionalism in men’s apparel.”
Yesterday we reported that HMX exhibitors have been telling retailers about the addition to the company in their presentations at the New York trade shows.
Joseph Abboud began his career at Louis Boston and became a designer at Polo Ralph Lauren in the 1980s. He launched his own, eponymous line in 1986. Abboud is no longer affiliated with the brand that bears his name. He launched Jaz in 2007, and was brought on to design the Black Brown 1826 line for Lord & Taylor in August 2008. It isn’t clear yet whether or not he will continue with either project.