HMX, LLC, whose brands include Hickey Freeman, Coppley, Monarchy, Christopher Blue, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Austin Reed, Sansabelt and Hart Schaffner Marx, has named Joseph Abboud, the iconic American menswear designer, president and chief creative officer of the company.

The first collections by Abboud will be introduced in July 2010 and will be in stores by S/S 11.

Abboud, a former Associate Director of Menswear Design at Ralph Lauren in 1981, launched his eponymous clothing label in 1986 and went on to become the first designer to win a Council of Fashion Designers of America award as Best Menswear Designer two years in a row.

"Joseph Abboud is not only an influential design talent, but also a signature figure in American fashion," said Doug Williams, chief executive officer, HMX. "I'm excited to be working together to create a new traditionalism in men's apparel."

Meanwhile, JA Apparel Corp., the company that owns the Joseph Abboud brand name, had its own cause to celebrate last Tuesday, with the grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art Joseph Abboud brand studio at 650 Fifth Avenue.

Guests, including actors Blair Underwood, Michael Imperioli and sports legends such as Walt ”Clyde” Frazier, Allan Houston, John Starks and Carl Banks, were also treated to an informal presentation of the Joseph Abboud F/W 10 collection, as well as a rare opportunity to view and be photographed with the legendary New York Giants Super Bowl Trophy. JA Apparel has held endorsement deals with the NBA and NFL.

The event also saw brand President and CEO Marty Staff present Lord Kinomorsa Divers and the Yele Haiti Foundation, established by musician Wyclef Jean, a donation to support the relief effort in Haiti.

Through Jan. 30, Joseph Abboud will also donate a portion of proceeds generated from the sale of all Joseph Abboud suiting purchased at any of Nordstrom’s 181 stores, including Nordstrom Rack stores, and online at, to benefit Yele Haiti.

—Tim Yap