The Goleta-based footwear maker and distributor reported a softer-than-expected holiday shopping season and poor performance in its roll out to asian markets, prompting the company to dial back its fiscal fourth quarter guidance.
Deckers Brands, the Goleta-based footwear company, announced Jan. 21 that David Lafitte is stepping up from his role as general counsel into the position of chief operating officer.
Lafitte previously served as the company’s general counsel. His appointment is effective Feb. 2 and he replaces Zohar Ziv, who retired from the company on Jan. 16.
The D.C. store is the first full realization of the omni-channel concept, unveiled at the Deckers’ Goleta headquarters in March, which uses touchscreens and tablets to turn its stores into a sort of Apple store for shoes.
The Goleta-based owner of Ugg, Teva, Simple, Sanuk and other popular footwear brands is a bit of a bellwether for holiday shopping and the overall retail climate.
As Deckers Outdoor Corp. makes the move to its new campus headquarters in Goleta, the billion-dollar-a-year Ugg firm says it has smoothed out its business model and is on track for a stellar 2013.
Shares of Goleta-based Deckers Outdoor Corp. jumped 14 percent in after-hours trading as the owner of Ugg, Teva and other casual footwear brands beat Wall Street expectations and said the rest of the year is on track.
Deckers said its acquisition of Hoka One One helped boost third-quarter sales 3 percent to $386.7 million; sales of its flagship Ugg brand gained 1.3 percent. The company, which is building a new headquarters on Hollister Avenue, said a new web site and more retail stores also helped.