Harrods is now the only major department store in the UK which sells fur, following decisions by rivals Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Liberty to stop selling fur and adopt a fur-free policy. The protesters displayed placards and banners calling on shoppe
In his new role, Briggs will report to Marigay McKee, President of Saks Fifth Avenue.
His passion for retail theater and essential understanding of the customer will be integral to our success," said Marigay McKee.
A long time collaborator with McKee, he spent 20 years at Harrods as Director of Store Image, setting the strategic brand vision for the company overseeing marketing, communications and visual.
In that role, he worked closely with McKee and the merchant team to develop compelling creative campaigns to drive marketing and elevate the store's overall image.
He began his retail career at Harrods in visual merchandising and has held various positions of increasing responsibility overseeing windows, interiors, visual identity, creative and brand building.
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Marigay McKee is the Founder and CEO of MM Luxe Consulting, an exclusive firm bringing insight, innovation, and implementation knowhow to the luxury, beauty, fashion and retail industries.Marigay works collaboratively with clients and partner brands to develop marketing, brand positioning, brand extension, market entry and merchandising strategies that lead to lasting competitive advantage and shareholder value for her clients.
Marigay is also active with early stage real estate development companies on their retail strategy.
She supports niche beauty and fashion labels and works closely with developing startups, in addition to working with established brands.
Her clients are global and include leading luxury brands and retailers in Europe, the United States, South America, the Middle East and Asia.
Some of her most recent work involves content development for both broadcast and publishing ventures.
She works alongside established U.S. brands wanting to expand internationally and advises on entry strategies for international brands seeking to access the U.S. market.
Marigayâ€™s clients include accessory, shoe, apparel, beauty brands and real estate development companies.
She is a member of the board of Violet Grey, a privately held online luxury editorial and e-commerce site.
Before founding MM Luxe Consulting, Marigay enjoyed a twenty year career in luxury retailing, beginning as an executive at Estee Lauder Europe.She eventually moved to the pinnacle of Londonâ€™s retail world when she joined Harrods as a Senior Beauty Buyer and over a fifteen year period at the helm of buying and product strategy, advanced to become Chief Merchant.
As a result of her leadership, Harrods attracted a greater share of high-end luxury clients to the store through the implementation of her strategic vision and direction on exclusivity.
Marigay subsequently moved across the Atlantic to be President of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, where she evolved a new vision for the iconic brandâ€™s luxury and positioning platform, new branding and packaging development and a launch platform for new brands.
She is also an advisor to several emerging fashion brands in the United Kingdom and the United States, mentoring young talent and young entrepreneurs.Marigay is a graduate of Middlesex University where she studied history and modern languages.She is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, making her a valued board member for global brands.
She also served as a luxury advisor to the Financial Times, is a â€œGREATâ€� Ambassador for the UK trade initiative and is an ongoing collaborator with the British Fashion Council mentoring young designers to boost trade from Britain.She now resides in New York with her family, and feels at home throughout the world.
Marigay McKee, Head of Fashion & Beauty at Harrods, soon asked her back where Quest remains in her current position. â€œFunnily enough I was never a beauty girl.
I was into home wears and interior design.
I never thought beauty was a serious industry to be in.
How wrong was I?â€� she said.
Quest, who is now invited to various beauty meccas of the world and sees, on average, three to four new brands a week, still believes the biggest perk of her position is nurturing the career of others. â€œI love coaching and mentoring people.
Giving back to an industry that gave me so much and seeing someone elseâ€™s career flourish,â€� she said.
Marigay McKee was appointed President, Saks Fifth Avenue in January 2014.With more than 20 years of management and merchandising experience, McKee spent 14 years at London-based retailer Harrods where, in her most recent role as Chief Merchant, she was responsible for the planning and implementation of all merchandising and creative strategies.Prior to her time at Harrods, McKee worked extensively in the beauty industry for such companies as Clinique and Estée Lauder.McKee graduated from Middlesex University in London and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.McKee is also a member of the British Fashion Council board, Chairman of the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Mentoring Committee, a luxury advisor to the Financial Times, and has done consultancy work in Russia with TSUM and Mercury Group.
Marigay McKee, Director of Fashion & Beauty Harrods
Marigay McKee, Director of Fashion & Beauty, HarrodsMarigay joined Harrods in 1999 as a Senior Buyer of Perfumery and Cosmetics, with an already extensive background in the Beauty industry.In 2005 Marigay became the Director of Women's Fashion at Harrods, in addition to Beauty.In 2007 she became the Fashion Director of the Harrods group, responsible for Menswear, Childrenswear and Sports also.
Today she oversees more than 2,000 staff and 1,000 brands, representing some 50% of the stores total turnover and was appointed to the Harrods Main Board in 2005.
Marigay is a passionate and driven retailer widely regarded as an expert in the industry.
Fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, Marigay has built a solid reputation both in the UK and further afield within Fashion and Beauty circles.
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