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Last month, Atrium owner Sam Ben-Avraham and menswear savant Nick Wooster had dinner in Las Vegas. Presumably, they were both in town for one of the many trade shows the flashy city hosts (Ben-Avraham launched, and subsequently sold, the Project trade show, and now has started the Liberty Fairs show).
Ben-Avraham has been considering bringing on a partner for his retail business, and Wooster has always dreamed of buying a stake in a store. One thing lead to another, and Wooster wound up buying a partnership share of Atrium.
Atrium's two New York units, on Broadway in Noho and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, will be renamed Atrium Wooster, while the company's Miami unit will remain in the sole hands of Ben-Avraham under the existing moniker.
Wooster, who has held high level jobs at JC Penney, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman, will play the role of creative director, with a special focus on finding new labels to carry. "You have to travel to shows in Japan and Paris and find new brands. I just cannot do that," Ben-Avraham told WWD. "And I want to do that," Wooster said. "It's no secret I'm a compulsive shopper." Expect to see a trickle of Wooster's influence come spring, with the bulk of changes appearing next fall.
· Nick Wooster Buys Stake in Atrium [WWD]
· Welp, That's That: Nick Wooster Is Out at JCPenney [Racked]