Formal wear retailer The Men's Wearhouse has hired designer Joseph Abboud as its new chief creative director.

Abboud will work directly with Men's Wearhouse's merchants and the sourcing team to improve the company's products. As well a bringing his Jaz collection of American luxury men's wear to the retailer, Abboud will also be tasked with developing new brands.

Abboud was most recently chief creative officer of US clothing company HMX Group, where he led the creative direction and modernisation of apparel brands including Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, Coppley, and Bobby Jones.

He has also worked at high-end retailers and brands including Louis Boston and Polo Ralph Lauren.

President and CEO Doug Ewert said: "By marrying the largest men's wear specialty retailer with Joseph Abboud's vision and ability, the brand will be even better positioned to bring contemporary, well-made men's wear directly to our customers at great prices."

Earlier this month the retailer posted a 22% hike in third-quarter net profit to US$48.8m, with sales rising 7.9% to $631m from $584.6m.