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That was fast. Nick Wooster, the tattooed, mustachioed street-style star who was brought on to help up the fashion ante at beleaguered department store JCPenney, has left his position with the company, reports the NY Post. According to them, Ken Mangone—who was the executive vice president of private brands before Wooster took over last year—will resume his role. The change follows the firing of CEO Ron Johnson in early April.
That may or may not be a good business move, but one thing we know: Mangone is just not going to generate the blissfully entertaining quotes Wooster was known for. "I'm going to get in trouble for saying this, but [we need to] make cute shit," Wooster said at a men's wear conference recently. Regarding Penney's problems capturing the fashion-conscious women's demographic, he had this insight: The store does "a really good job from 0 to 16 and then pick[s] them back up at menopause." Nick Wooster, you will be missed.
· An Ill-Fitting Suit: Wooster Joins Penney Exec Exodus [NYP]
· Nick Wooster on JCP's Comeback: 'We Need To Make Cute Shit' [Racked]