Nautica has announced the appointment of Steve McSween as their new vice president of global design for menswear. The brand also announced that Chris Cox, who was the brand’s vice president of design and creative, has departed the brand. Cox joined Nautica in 2008 as vice president of men’s design. Nine months later, he was promoted to vice president of design and creative. Prior to Nautica, Cox was the creative director and senior vice president at Victorinox Swiss Army for two years. Before Victorinox Swiss Army, Cox was at Tommy Hilfiger; he left the label when his role was senior vice president of men’s sportswear and design. No word yet on why Cox left the label.
McSween comes to Nautica with 20 years of design under his belt; his most recent role was vice president of men’s design at Li & Fung USA, where he has spent the past six years and 10 months. Prior to that, McSween was vice president of men’s design at Gap Inc. for around six years. He held the role of director of men’s design for Club Monaco for just over five years. McSween began his new gig today. He will oversee the design team and the global men’s Sportswear and Sleepwear businesses, as well as all men’s licensed categories. He will work alongside Chris Jackson, Nautica’s vice president of global design for women’s. McSween’s first collection will debut for Spring 2016.