Phoenix Footwear Group Inc on Tuesday announced the appointment of Larry Stuart Torchin to the newly created position of vice president of design.

The California-based company said Torchin will be responsible for overseeing product design of its Trotters and SoftWalk brands as well as the recently acquired HS Trask and Ducks Unlimited brands.

It added he was previously involved in the design and sourcing of footwear from countries such as Italy, India and Taiwan, and has also served as vice president of product development for Benco International and GH Bass Shoe companies.

He also founded Larry Stuart Ltd, a better grade brand of women's footwear produced in Italy, which was acquired by Brown Shoe Company in 1995.

Phoenix Footwear president, Greg Tunney, said: "With the addition of Mr Torchin to our design team, the company not only acquires a well-respected industry veteran, but also strengthens our capabilities in this critical area."