Mizzen + Main CEO to Depart, Stitch Fix Exec to Take Helm

Mizzen + Main turned to Stitch Fix to find its next chief.
The Dallas-based online men’s wear brand has tapped Chris Phillips, the head of men’s and children’s wear at Stitch Fix, to replace Kevin Lavelle, its founder and ceo. Lavelle will be leaving Mizzen + Main to join The Seminar Network, part of the Koch political network in Washington, according to CNBC, which first reported the news.
Lavelle said he had no plans to leave the company he started in 2012, but when the Koch family reached out to him about joining The Seminar Network, a business that brings together social entrepreneurs to improve the world, he decided to take the plunge.
“It was a shocking request, but they have ambitious goals to make a significant impact on society,” Lavelle said, adding that their mission “aligns with how I view the world.”
So he set out to find someone to succeed him. “I believe we’ve found the absolute perfect person to take this company to the next level,” he said. “I’m actually more excited about the future with a seasoned retail operator on board.”
Lavelle said he will continue to be involved with Mizzen + Main as chairman and an investor. He will remain

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Mizzen + Main to Open Six-Month Pop-up in SoHo

Men’s wear brand Mizzen + Main is opening a pop-up store on Thursday in SoHo.
The store, at 452 West Broadway, will be open for six months. While the pop-up is open, the company will offer customers a “trade program” where they can bring in a cotton dress shirt that they no longer want in exchange for $ 50 off a Mizzen + Main shirt.
The men’s brand has had four pop-ups before, but those were open for either a few days or a few weeks. The last one in Manhattan — two pop-ups were in Manhattan in 2015 and two in San Francisco in 2016 — was at the Refinery Hotel in November 2015.
According to Kevin Lavelle, chief executive officer and founder of the Dallas-based brand, “This will make us better. To be able to interact with our customers will help us understand what is needed to run retail ourselves, and for our retail partners.”
Lavelle said he doesn’t have any grand plans to open a fleet of Mizzen + Main stores. “I don’t ever really see us owning a massive retail presence. We have a great distribution network,” he said.
The brand, which celebrates its fifth birthday this summer, is in nearly 380

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