Reached for comment, Smart Apparel’s VP of finance Vlad Kaplan said, “With Mark’s more than 30 years experience working with many of the same retailers we work with, it was a no-brainer.”
Walz was with TAG for 19 years in various positions, starting in 1994 as a national sales manager for its B.D. Baggies division. He was VP of sales at TAG’s Enro Shirts division for three years until 1999 when he was made president of private label. When he left TAG he was EVP of menswear. Walz has also worked for Izod Lacoste, Gant and Ralph Lauren Chaps.
“From the point of view of servicing brands, Smart has a great business,” said Walz. “We have great relationships with Polo, Dillard’s, Nordstrom and Men’s Wearhouse and we’re growing with Macy’s—all the same people I’m used to dealing with and more.”
Being based in Dallas, Walz says, brings Smart Apparel a little closer to some key accounts, including JCPenney and Dillard’s. Smart Apparel’s main U.S. office is in New York.
Billy Shum has been with Smart Apparel since 2011. He left the Hong Kong office to take over for Bob Skinner, who left the company in June this year.