Hugo Boss CEO says wants to abandon luxury segment: Handelsblatt

A Hugo Boss store logo is seen at a shopping centre at the outlet village Belaya Dacha outside Moscow, Russia, April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German fashion house Hugo Boss BOSSn.DE is planning to abandon the luxury market and go back to is roots of selling premium men's clothing, its chief executive told Handelsblatt.

“The effort to make in-roads in the luxury market didn’t prove to be particularly helpful for our business,” Mark Langer was quoted as saying on Tuesday in his first interview since taking over at Hugo Boss.

Former boss Claus-Dietrich Lahrs had taken the German label more upmarket as the luxury market boomed, opening more than 400 stores worldwide and putting a bigger focus on womenswear.

But the luxury sector is now going through its most severe slowdown in seven years, prompting Lahrs to quit in February as Hugo Boss sales slumped in the United States and China.

Langer plans to close unprofitable stores and he wants to cut annual costs by 50 million euros ($55 million).

Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Ruth Pitchford