J Hilburn appoints Simon Kneen chief creative officer

January 29, 2019 - United States Of America

J Hilburn, a leader in custom-made menswear, has announced that designer Simon Kneen has joined as the chief creative officer. This newly created role will ensure creative vision across all customer touch-points from collection design, styling, and showroom presentations to retail stores. Kneen previously lent his design vision to 2 iconic brands in the US.

"Kneen is an innovative and experienced leader of men's design and is a perfect fit for our disruptive brand," said J.Hilburn chief executive officer Andy Janowski. "I am excited to have his creative vision and leadership as we build the future of custom-made total lifestyle fashion."

Kneen has joined the already heavy-hitting leadership team consisting of chief executive officer Andy Janowski (former COO of Burberry and CEO of Smythson), chief operating officer Joe Dixon (former CEO of Size Stream and SVP of Brooks Brothers), and newly promoted James Burgess as vice president of stylist development.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the leadership at J Hilburn with their modern approach to servicing the customer through one-on-one tailoring experts," explained Kneen. "I look forward to building a strong collection point-of-view across the various price points, using my extensive knowledge of Italian fabrics and tailoring."

J.Hilburn started with one mission: to guarantee fit and eliminate unnecessary markups in menswear.  Led by an expansive network of nearly 2,000 expert stylists across all 50 states and a mix of online and retail sales, these leadership changes continue to position the brand for strong future growth.

"I was attracted to J Hilburn's unique direct-to-consumer business model that provides a very high-quality and customized product at a much more accessible price point," continued Kneen. "This marries to one of my own philosophies around design that everyone should be able to wear beautiful pieces without breaking the bank and that can be worn well beyond one season."

Kneen will also continue in his role as creative director of his own brand Grey New York Grey New England, a luxury accessories collection exclusively made in Italy. (RR)