by Stephen Garner

J.HilburnCustom menswear brand J.Hilburn has named Andy Janowski as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. The announcement follows the departure of J.Hilburn co-founder and CEO, Veeral Rathod, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Janowski most recently served as executive chairman of the J.Hilburn board of directors. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry, including as former CEO of Smythson where he grew the brand by 50 percent during his tenure. Janowski also held executive roles at Burberry and Gap, Inc.

“The extraordinary success of J.Hilburn over the past 11 years clearly established the brand as the leader in custom-made men’s clothing,” said Janowski. “As men’s tastes evolve, J.Hilburn is now well positioned to expand on its luxury customer experience and meet the changing style needs.”

JHilburn“As an initial investor, Battery Ventures believed early on in the power of the J.Hilburn model,” added Michael Brown, Battery Ventures General Partner and J.Hilburn Board Director. “With Andy’s appointment and the current leadership team, we could not be more confident with that investment and the future of the company.”

“As we continue to innovate our high-touch men’s shopping experience, our Stylists will remain the core of our DNA,” continued Janowski. “This is the right brand at the right time. We are going to do nothing but grow.”