Bloomingdale’s has confirmed the news that David Fisher, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s, will leave the famed department store after more than three decades. Dan Leppo, currently executive vice president of home, has been named as his successor.
Known to be among the top merchants in the business, Fisher is one of very few industry icons who is universally admired by his colleagues, his vendors, even his competitors. His passion for the business has always been over-the-top; his vision, compassion and candor all hallmarks of his character.
“After 33 years, this was the most difficult decision I ever had to make,” Fisher admits of the transition. “Bloomingdales’ management team is the best and most professional group of people in the business. This store is in my blood; I love it with all my heart. I have only two loves: my family and Bloomingdale’s. But I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow as a person, and to nurture and be nurtured by so many others along the way. I’m also incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished over the years: the ideas, the innovation, the events and collaborations (the Beatles, Will.i.am, GQ), the mentors (Marvin, Mike, Tony), and all the world class talent we’ve brought to Bloomingdale’s Men’s Store, from Ralph Lauren to John Varvatos, Billy Reid, Public School, APC… The list goes on and on and they’re all part of me.”
“You know in life, you give so much of yourself to your work but I’m extremely lucky that it’s given me back at least as much. I leave with my head held high at what our remarkable team has accomplished. I’m not yet sure what I want to do after this, but I’m very sure that Bloomingdale’s has prepared me well, and has made me a better human being,” he adds.
Fisher began his Bloomingdale’s career in 1983 as divisional merchandise manager in Pennsylvania’s King of Prussia store. He worked his way up to executive vice president/general merchandise manager of men’s and young world in August 2004.
Before joining Bloomingdale’s, Fisher was vice president/divisional merchandise manager for Junior and Misses’ Sportswear at Gimbel’s Pittsburgh.
In 2007, Fisher was inducted into MR Magazine’s Menswear Retail Hall of Fame.