Harvey Nichols names new fashion buying director

Harvey Nichols has tapped former Browns buying director Laura Larbalestier, to lead the womenswear, menswear and accessories buying teams across the high-end department store chain.

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Larbalestier will join Harvey Nichols on 13 August and report to Daniela Rinaldi, co-chief operating officer.

She has a strong background in the luxury sector, having cut her teeth at British department store group Selfridges. She spent eight years at the upmarket retailer developing the women’s designer ready-to-wear business.

In 2012, she moved to Browns Fashion, joining as buying director to oversee women’s ready-to-wear, fine jewellery, shoes and bags.

Her most recently role was at luxury retailer Boutique 1, where she was also buying director.

“We are really looking forward to having Laura join our management team,” said Rinaldi and Manju Malhotra, co-COOs. “This is an exciting time for Harvey Nichols and with her wealth of experience and expertise, we have no doubt that she will help strengthen the fashion sector within the business.”

Larbalestier added: “I am thrilled to be joining Harvey Nichols at this exciting time. As one of the world’s leading luxury department stores, the strength of the brand, its prestigious history and world-class team represent an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”

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