Gap brand president and CEO Jeff Kirwan to leave the company

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Feb-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today (February 20, 2018) announced that Jeff Kirwan, president and CEO of Gap brand, will leave the company.

“Under Jeff’s leadership we made significant progress on the operating model of Gap brand. We are faster and more responsive than ever before, we radically improved quality and fit, and we centered the brand on the aesthetic that our customers love: casual, optimistic and American. We have also seen the results of exceptional marketing and customer engagement reflected in increased traffic, improved sales and the strength of the digital business” said Art Peck, chief executive officer of Gap Inc.

“While I am pleased with our progress in brand health and product quality, we have not achieved the operational excellence and accelerated profit growth that we know is possible at Gap brand. As we move into the brand’s next phase of development, Jeff and I agreed it was an appropriate time for a change in leadership,” Peck continued.

A search is underway for a new president of Gap brand. In the interim, Brent Hyder, current Gap Inc. EVP, Global Talent and Sustainability will oversee the brand. Prior to his current role, Hyder served as Chief Operating Officer at Gap brand. He also served as Vice President and General Manager of Gap Japan K.K., leading all aspects of the Gap Inc. business in Japan.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix, and Weddington Way brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

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Gap and Pendleton Woolen Mills celebrate American style with limited-edition collection for the whole family

NEW YORK, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — For fall 2016, Gap and Pendleton Woolen Mills will celebrate American style with the introduction of a limited-edition collection featuring clothes and accessories for men, women, kids and baby. The collection brings together two classic American brands, celebrating Gap’s beloved denim and Pendleton’s signature plaids specially curated from Pendleton’s rich archive of historic patterns.

“We’re excited to bring a unique pairing of two American icons to our customers with this new collaboration combining the best of Gap and Pendleton’s signature styles,” said Jeff Kirwan, Global President, Gap. “Both brands have played an important role in shaping the American wardrobe and have won generations of fans along the way, making this the ideal collection to share with the whole family.”

“Pendleton joins Gap in saluting American Style in a collection that is rich in heritage and authenticity,” said Pendleton President, Mort Bishop III.  “With our joined legacy of design and fabric, the Gap x Pendleton limited-edition collection celebrates this exceptional collaboration of classic fashion and iconic plaids.”

The collection includes shirt dresses ($69.95), denim (jeans and jacket both $79.95), shirts ($59.95) and ponchos ($199) for women, a puffer vest ($98), shirt jackets ($199), baseball caps ($24.95) and scarves for men ($49.95), tote bags ($49.95-$64.95) and a full range of offerings for kids and babies ranging in price from $16.95 to $44.95. The collection is available in September at select global Gap stores and on gap.com.

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About Pendleton
Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is a lifestyle brand recognized as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship. With six generations of family ownership since 1863, the company recently celebrated 153 years of weaving fabrics in the Pacific Northwest. Known for fabric innovation, Pendleton owns and operates two of America’s remaining woolen mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-friendly technology. Inspired by its heritage, the company designs and produces apparel for men and women, blankets, home décor, and gifts. Pendleton is available through select retailers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia; Pendleton stores; company catalogs; and direct-to-consumer channels including the Pendleton website, http://www.pendleton-usa.com.

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Source: Gap Inc.

GapKids partners with ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED

GapKids x ED is an apparel collection and social movement designed to help all girls realize they have the power to do extraordinary things

NEW YORK, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — GapKids has partnered with ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED, a limited edition apparel collection and campaign that encourages girls everywhere to be themselves, do what makes them happy and take pride in who they are.

Launching today (08/18/2015) in over 25 markets around the world, the collection, and supporting campaign, is rooted in the same core values that Gap brand has stood for over the past 45 years. Individualism and liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self are core values Gap shares with American comedian, talk show host, producer, writer and actress, Ellen DeGeneres.

The GapKids x ED campaign features six young girls who have excelled at skateboarding, drumming, robotics and entrepreneurialism, by being true to themselves, regardless of naysayers or outdated stereotypes. These girls, Alexey, Relz, Ryann, Bellatreas, Torrae and Asia, ranging in age from 7 to 12, star in the anthem film and campaign images which all provoke a feeling of strength, empowerment and pure enjoyment. Whether it is the desire to help others like Torrae who builds robotic hands for kids who need them or Alexey’s love for music and her incredible drumming skills, the campaign celebrates girls of all talents for being who they are.  The print ads, which launch in August across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan, as well as select international franchise markets, feature the hero campaign “selfie” image of Ellen with the six girls. In addition to print, the campaign spans outdoor, mobile, direct, social, in store and digital.

Well beyond stores, Gap is aiming to create an environment of positive social engagement.    Using the hashtag #heyworld followed by a name, a girl’s friend, mother, father or mentor can issue a call to action for social messages of encouragement and love to any girl in need of positive support, cheering her on through the power of positive words. In addition, there will be a texting opportunity to receive inspiring and encouraging messages from Ellen DeGeneres herself.

The GapKids x ED collection is built on Gap’s most loved wardrobe staples, but with an impactful twist, for girls and a selection for boys and adults as well. The collection prominently features two pieces of iconography:  the lightning bolt, a symbol of empowerment, and the speech bubble, a symbol of self-expression. Both the speech bubble and lightning bolt are inscribed throughout the collection including Graphic T-Shirts for Girl’s and Boy’s ($24.95), the Girl’s Quilted Speech Bubble Bomber Jacket ($49.95), and the Adult Zip-up Sweatshirt ($49.95), among other apparel and accessories. The entire family is invited to join in on the powerful dialogue and celebration of individuality.

“Partnering with Ellen DeGeneres represents a collaboration between two American style icons,” said Jeff Kirwan, Gap Global President. “Ellen has become a global symbol for inspiring her audiences and fans to take pride in who they are. This is a natural fit with the heritage of Gap, which has long stood for encouraging individualism. We are excited to launch this collection and at the same time come together to champion girls and boys to realize their potential.”

“I know from my own experience that nothing makes you feel better than being who you are and celebrating what makes you unique. I think if we shine a light on real girls doing incredible things, that’ll encourage other girls and boys to do incredible things,” says DeGeneres.  “This opportunity to partner with Gap and my new lifestyle brand, ED, is the perfect way to celebrate girls just for being who they are; and to encourage them to unleash their passions; whether it’s math, soccer, singing, dancing, or simply singing while dancing in their bedroom.”

The collection also encourages kids to express themselves with self-customizable clothing and accessories that they can decorate freely using fabric or chalk markers. A variety of iron-on patches are available for purchase to personalize the customer’s favorite styles, like the iconic GapKids x ED Denim Jacket ($49.95). The entire collection of over 70 pieces consists of outerwear, sweatshirts, leggings, dresses, T-shirts and accessories that all add a fun and playful look to any wardrobe, with prices ranging from $6.95 to $49.95.

In keeping with Gap’s long term focus on youth culture, and the commitment to supporting social causes that allow women to seek out their full potential, we are partnering with select girls’ organizations that share a commitment towards girls and women, including Girls Inc. (North America) and CARE (UK & Japan).

Further details on the campaign can be found at Gap.com.

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About ED
ED is an American lifestyle brand inspired by the iconic style, values and personality of founder, Ellen DeGeneres.  With a passion for interior design, architecture and fashion, Ellen brings her unique vision to this beautifully designed, high quality collection of women’s apparel, accessories and decorative home.  The lifestyle brand is real, accessible and every product feels like a personal connection between Ellen and consumers around the world.  ED will be available exclusively on EDbyEllen.com.

Gap announces partnership with Ellen DeGeneres’ new lifestyle brand ED

The iconic brand and America’s favorite talk show host are launching GapKids x ED; an apparel collection and social movement supporting the strength and power of girls

NEW YORK, 2015-5-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the classic American clothing brand, today revealed a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres’ new lifestyle brand, ED. The ED brand, consisting of women’s apparel, accessories & decorative home, is inspired by the iconic style, values and personality of DeGeneres.  GapKids x ED is an apparel collection and social movement designed to help all girls realize they have the power to do extraordinary things. The collection will be available for purchase starting August 17, 2015 through Gap.com, in all GapKids stores in the United States, and select stores in Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan.

“We know our customers love Ellen as much as we do,” said Jeff Kirwan, Gap Global President.  “And we couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with her on our GapKids x ED collection. We look forward to launching the collection in time for back to school as it enables us to champion girls in a way that continues to be true to our brand’s heritage, which has long stood for supporting youth in a way that unleashes their potential.”

“I am thrilled that my lifestyle brand, ED, is partnering with Gap to encourage young girls to pursue their passion, whether it’s math, science, sports, the arts,” said DeGeneres. “Following my passion allowed me to be exactly who I am today– a talk show host with a vibrant side business as a party mime.”

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s more than 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About ED
ED is an American lifestyle brand inspired by the iconic style, values and personality of founder, Ellen DeGeneres.  With a passion for interior design, architecture and fashion, Ellen brings her unique vision to this beautifully designed, high quality collection of women’s apparel, accessories and decorative home.  The lifestyle brand is real, accessible and every product feels like a personal connection between Ellen and consumers around the world.  ED will launch in June 2015 exclusively on EDbyEllen.com.

Gap Inc. announces the promotion of two successful current executives to become global brand presidents for Gap and Banana Republic

Global brand presidents named: Andi Owen to lead Banana Republic and Jeff Kirwan to take over Gap

SAN FRANCISCO, 2014-11-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — With an eye towards 2015, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced the promotion of two successful current executives, with 35 years of combined company experience between them, to become global brand presidents for Gap and Banana Republic.

The moves were orchestrated by Art Peck as he prepares to take on the role of chief executive officer of Gap Inc. in February, with the full support of current chairman and chief executive officer Glenn Murphy.

“We’ll start 2015 with a management team comprised of both established executives and the next generation of brand leaders ready for the next generation of customers,” said Peck.  “We’ve provided a transition period that allows our teams to deliver a successful holiday, while gearing up for a future where great product, showcased seamlessly across physical and digital experiences, consistently delights our customers.”

Jeff Kirwan, 48, who has reported to Murphy for the past three years as president of greater China for Gap Inc., will become Global President for Gap brand in December following a brief transition period.  Kirwan succeeds Stephen Sunnucks, who will leave the company on December 19, after steering the growth of its namesake brand to almost 50 countries over the past decade.

Under Kirwan’s leadership in China, Gap has deployed an aggressive e-commerce strategy, coupled with opening 100 stores in the region in just four years.  Over the past decade with Gap Inc., Kirwan has succeeded in roles of increasing responsibility at Gap and Old Navy, with an expertise in driving growth, retail operations, and brand development.

Andi Owen, 49, who currently leads the Gap Outlet division, will become Global President for Banana Republic, effective January 5.  She succeeds Jack Calhoun, who will depart from the company on February 1 after working with Owen during the transition.  Calhoun, who led the brand for eight years, is credited with pioneering innovative concepts while creating an impressive global economic model for Banana Republic.

Over nearly 25 years with the company, Owen has thrived in many leadership roles within merchandising, online, and stores.  She has spent 19 years working within Banana Republic, rising from management positions in the field to successfully leading the Banana Republic Factory Store business before taking on her current assignment as EVP of Global Gap Outlet.

“These are important changes within the company, and I’ve been impressed with both Jeff and Andi’s development during our work together these past eight years.  We’ve prepared leaders, with experience across all aspects of the global business, who are ready and eager for the challenges and the opportunities ahead,” said Gap Inc. Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy.

Murphy added, “Over the past decade, both Steve and Jack helped make Gap Inc. a much stronger and more global company. We appreciate their hard work and passion for our brands, people, and customers.”

Owen and Kirwan will report to Peck in 2015.

“Over the past decade, I’ve worked with Jeff and Andi and seen them in action.  They each bring the creativity, tenacity, and exceptional leadership qualities necessary for these roles, and, importantly, they have consistently delivered results for our brands and company,” Peck added.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call with investors and analysts to discuss the company’s third quarter 2014 results and leadership announcement starting at approximately 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today.  Katrina O’Connell, vice president of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at Gap Inc., will host the call and be joined by Sabrina Simmons, Gap Inc. chief financial officer, Glenn Murphy, Gap Inc. chairman and chief executive officer and Art Peck, president of Gap Inc. Growth, Innovation & Digital division.

The conference call can be accessed by calling 1-855-5000-GPS or 1-855-500-0477 (participant passcode:1609362). International callers may dial 913-643-0954. The webcast can be accessed at www.gapinc.com.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.