Women's wear retailer Talbots has appointed Krissy Blakeway as senior vice president of product development

Ms Blakeway will oversee product design and trend direction for Talbots Misses, Talbots Petites, Talbots Woman, Talbots Accessories & Shoes and Talbots Collection. She will manage the company's New York product development centre, where she will be based.

Her responsibilities will include the development of the company's creative merchandise direction, trend research and guidelines for colour, print and pattern. Ms Blakeway will report directly to Jim Metscher, Talbots' executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

Ms Blakeway has 20 years of product design experience. Most recently she served as vice president of product development and design at Liz Claiborne Inc, responsible for men's brands and, before that, vice president of product development and design for Liz Claiborne Women's Collection. Other previous positions include executive vice president of design at Kriss Kross by Krissy Blakeway, August Silk and C'est City, and vice president of design at Tommy Hilfiger.