Parsons graduate Ted Kim, who most recently served as a senior designer for the Michael Kors Collection, has been appointed vice president of design at Anne Klein New York, parent company Jones Apparel Group announced this morning. Kim will oversee the design functions for Anne Klein New York Sportswear. His first line for the bridge label will be Spring 2009. Before joining Kors in 2001, Kim worked at Donna Karan Signature and MaxMara Sportmax.
As we told you last November, Jones decided to discontinue the short-lived, Isabel Toledo-designed Anne Klein ready-to-wear collection, not producing the spring line shown in Bryant Park in September (although Toledo’s handpainted silk flowered frocks have already popped up in magazines worldwide). In a conference call with analysts last Wednesday, Jones executives said that they estimate the Anne Klein brand (which also includes the AK Anne Klein label) to contribute 10% of 2008 group revenues (forecasted at between $3.6 and $3.8 billion), up from 8% last year. Godspeed, Ted!