NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Furthering its commitment to product innovation, an expanding executive team and surging sales, Mack Weldon, the men's premium basics brand, has tapped Matthew Congdon to serve as its Creative Director. The role, which was created for Congdon, is effective immediately.
Congdon is an industry expert with more than 19 years experience designing multiple categories of menswear for multinational brands, including his most recent role as the Vice President of Men's Design at Calvin Klein Underwear. There he lead global design and product development for the $1 billion business and oversaw the recent launches of the Air Fx and Intense Power collections.
Congdon also served as the Design Director of Men's Knits at Uniqlo from 2006 to 2012 where he helped launch two major collections for the brand, AIRism and Heattech. Earlier in his career, he held design positions at Perry Ellis, J. Crew, Nautica and Club Monaco.
"Matthew joins Mack Weldon with tested experience innovating leading brands and creating value through design. We admire his experience in the category of course but, as important, is his keen understanding of technical design and performance fabric—two core elements of the Mack Weldon brand," said Michael Isaacman, co-founder and Head of Product for Mack Weldon.
"Over the last four years, we've proven our model of technically-enhanced products that bring comfort, style and function to men's essentials," added Brian Berger, founder and CEO of Mack Weldon. "Matthew joins Mack Weldon to extend that mission to related categories and double down on innovation in our core businesses."
In his role, Congdon will oversee the design team and Mack Weldon's product offering, upgrading and expanding the core underwear, sock and T-shirt lines. He will also play a key role as the brand considers new categories that fit its product strategy, amplifying the recent moves in sweats and key sportswear and technical items, like the Vesper Polo, the anti-microbial 1285 Performance Dress Sock, Merino Wool series and the swim-friendly Amphibious Underwear.
His appointment comes as Mack Weldon surges in sales. The brand recently celebrated its millionth unit shipped and is on track to double revenue this year.
"Mack Weldon is an ideal home for me: a product-focused men's brand that values design and technical innovation around a set of core items – over chasing fashion trends. I've been a fan for some time and am thrilled to build upon the great work they've done delivering function, comfort and quality to guys," said Congdon.
"Another thing Mack Weldon does so well is speak to and understand its consumer," added Congdon. "As a designer, being able to test items and get immediate feedback is a huge draw for me. Mack Weldon is one of the most digitally savvy, direct-to-consumer brands and I am looking forward to helping support their growth."
Congdon is a New York City resident and is an alumni Parsons School of Design.
About Mack Weldon
Mack Weldon (mackweldon.com) was founded in 2012 by Brian Berger and Michael Isaacman with a mission to reinvent men's basics. The company manufactures, designs and distributes underwear, socks, t-shirts and a limited range of wardrobe essentials engineered to promote comfort, mobility and performance. Its simple and elegant e-commerce site features an easy shopping experience and volume based pricing. The company has been featured in the New York Times, WWD, GQ, People Magazine, Men's Health, and many others. Mack Weldon is based in New York City.
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