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“Mike Scarpa [senior vice president, finance and distribution, chief financial officer] helps us with the financial pieces. We can always call him, and there’s no question too big or too small for him,” said Skaist-Levy.
Her partner continued, “Angela Ahrendts [former executive vice president, and now chief executive at Burberry Group] was beyond incredible. She was instrumental in bringing us to Liz Claiborne. We’ll miss her. But Susan [Kellogg, group president overseeing bridge and contemporary apparel] is amazing. She and her team have really become Juicy girls.”
Not that selling Juicy came easily, despite their friend Morton’s words — or even advice from Gene and Barry Montesano to do it, based on their positive experience when they sold Lucky Brand Jeans to LCI.
“It was scary,” recalled Taylor. “The day we sold, we sat on the bathroom floor crying. We were happy. We were scared. But we were not, as many people think, in Hawaii drinking piña coladas. We’ve been working hard ever since.”
In fact, the pair were coy about a new development with the brand, slated to happen some time after the fragrance launch this year. “It’s huge,” enthused Skaist-Levy, who, along with Taylor, won’t disclose the terms of her contract with Claiborne, but confirmed retirement is nowhere in their near future. “We can’t say what it is. But it’s never been done before.”
Added Taylor, “We really feel we’ve just begun.”