Industry veteran Curtis Charles has been appointed CEO and CMO of Kemistre 8 LLC, the parent company of PRPS, Akademiks and Stash House. A onetime buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue, Charles also held former executive management titles at Cole Haan and Donna Karan International. Following a seven-year tenure at Rockport as Senior VP and Head of US Operations, Charles says he will work to reposition the Kemistre 8 group of brands as complete lifestyle businesses through strategic partnerships and licenses in the areas of footwear, accessories and outerwear. Kemistre 8 LLC was founded in 1999 by Donwan and Emmett Harrell, two of the most recognizable names in the streetwear market, and joint venture partners Betesh Group and Oved Apparel.