Etta Granata has been appointed as senior vice president and fashion director at speciality retailer Urban Brands.

Urban Brands, parent company of women's speciality retailers Ashley Stewart Stores and Marianne Stores, said Granata would provide "significant design and merchandising expertise" to the company.

Granata has previously worked for a number of apparel retailers, including New York & Co, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Gap and The Limited.

"We are delighted to have someone of Etta's talent join our team," said Urban Brands CEO Ethan Shapiro.