Barbara Cirkva Schumacher
Barbara Cirkva Schumacher joined CHANEL Inc. in 1986 and has continued to increase the U.S. fashion business in the competitive luxury goods market.As Division President – Fashion, Watches & Fine Jewelry, Barbara is responsible for both the Retail Division as well as the Wholesale Division, Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Real Estate and Construction in the United States and contributes to many worldwide projects.The Fashion Division consists of Ready-to Wear, Accessories, Shoes, Watches and Fine Jewelry divisions, with over 90 points of sale in fine specialty and department stores. The retail division for CHANEL consists of 23 free standing fashion boutiques in the U.S., Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.
Barbara Cirkva Schumacher is a member of the CHANEL Inc. Operating Committee, the International Fashion, Watches & Fine Jewelry Committees and serves on a multitude of international projects. Additionally, she serves as Chairman for the Luxury Education Foundation, which supports the only interdisciplinary course in Luxury Marketing between Columbia Business School & Parson’s School of Design. Barbara also serves on the working committee of the New York City Ballet, a committee headed by Nina Griscom.
Ms. Cirkva was born in Chicago and lived both in Chicago and Southern California. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining CHANEL, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher served as Operating Vice-President & Divisional Merchandise Manager for designer apparel & accessories at Bloomingdale’s.
Barbara is married to John Schumacher, former chairman of Bonwit Teller and former president of I. Magnin in California. They reside in New York City and Westchester County, New York.