NEW YORK — Kate Spade & Co. has appointed Roy Chan senior vice president of international, a new post.
Chan is responsible for the strategic oversight and international expansion for Kate Spade New York, Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade. He reports to Craig Leavitt, chief executive officer of Kate Spade.
Most recently, Chan was president of international at Jones Group. Before that, he was acting ceo of Band of Outsiders after serving as global chief operating officer of Japanese brand Evisu. Earlier in his career, his roles included senior vice president, general merchandise manager, international business development at Ralph Lauren and vice president of international licensing and senior vice president of design and product development for global women's wear at Tommy Hilfiger.
International expansion is a significant driver at Kate Spade.
"We are continuing our rapid international expansion in regions including Asia, Latin America and Europe. Roy will be a key part of our long-term goal to achieve two-thirds of our retail footprint outside of North America," said Leavitt.
At present, the company's international sales are in the low-to-mid 20 percent range. By the end of 2016, Spade seeks to do one-third of its business outside North America. At present, Spade has 127 specialty retail stores, 52 outlet stores and 46 concessions. For the current fiscal year, the company plans to open 80 stores on a global basis.