Fashion Retail Veteran and E-Commerce Entrepreneur Miriam Lahage Joins eBay® to Lead Multibillion-Dollar Fashion Business
By: eBay Inc. Staff
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), the world’s largest online marketplace and global m-commerce leader, today announced that retail apparel veteran and accomplished e-commerce entrepreneur Miriam Lahage is joining the company in the newly created role of General Manager, eBay Fashion, responsible for growing and driving innovation across the company’s multibillion-dollar fashion category.
“Miriam’s deep retail experience and entrepreneurial vision for fashion e-commerce will be a great asset to eBay as we drive shopping innovation and extend our leadership in this category”
A well-respected merchant, Lahage brings extensive offline and e-commerce, value-oriented and luxury brand retail experience to the role. Lahage spent more than 20 years with TJX Companies, the off-price global retailer of apparel and home fashions, rising from store manager to senior executive roles in merchandising and general management. Most recently, Lahage worked as a consultant to Natalie Massenet at NET-A-PORTER to help grow theOutnet business. In 2007, she successfully launched Koodos.com, the first online discount boutique for designer brands in the U.K., and managed the successful sale of Koodos in late 2009 to E-Trader Group.
“Miriam’s deep retail experience and entrepreneurial vision for fashion e-commerce will be a great asset to eBay as we drive shopping innovation and extend our leadership in this category,” said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. “We are committed to delivering fashion consumers the broadest selection of clothing, shoes and accessories online at incredible value. We’re equally committed to providing brands, designers and small-business fashion entrepreneurs a cost-effective, highly competitive distribution channel and compelling shopping environment to drive growth.”
eBay is a leading fashion destination with more than $5 billion of merchandise volume annually. eBay features 20 million average daily fashion listings, offering buyers a broad selection at great value. A pair of shoes is sold every 8 seconds; a dress every 10 seconds. eBay has 10 million active fashion shoppers in the U.S.
“eBay is incredibly well-positioned to drive shopping innovation and create growth opportunities for fashion brands,” Lahage said. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to lead such a dynamic business. No other destination can offer fashion savvy shoppers such choice and value.”
Earlier this year, eBay began introducing significant enhancements to the shopping experience with the launch of fashion.ebay.com. New image similarity technology and browsing capabilities, boutique experiences and editorial merchandising make shopping eBay’s vast selection easier than ever. The company also has expanded its Fashion Vault flash sales, working with a broad range of designer and contemporary brands to offer consumers access to limited inventory at deep discounts.
This summer eBay took fashion mobile with the launch of its free eBay Fashion iPhone app. The eBay Fashion app delivers a personalized shopping experience where shoppers can browse, buy and “try on” items virtually anytime, anywhere. The app features a personalized closet, an outfit builder, social media sharing, direct entry to the eBay Fashion Vault and a virtual style gallery.
eBay also has featured an exclusive with designer Narciso Rodriguez, who turned to eBay to launch his first online capsule collection in the Spring of 2010. The company is exploring exclusives with other designers and is supporting emerging designers as a member of the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Business Advisory Committee. eBay is underwriting the seventh annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards dinner, to be held November 15 in New York.
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) connects hundreds of millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay Classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and our global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.