Esprit has decided to consolidate its footwear and accessories division to better harmonize them with its apparel collections. Beate Köhler, who worked for 30 years in the footwear department under Martin Krist, has been placed in charge of the new division on an interim basis, reporting to Holger Thiesse, vice president in charge of the lifestyle segment. As previously reported, Krist left in January after building up the shoe department over the last 17 years. Anke Ottersbach, who has been in charge of accessories since 2006, left as well. In the first six months of the current financial year, ended Jan. 31, Esprit's sales of shoes remained stable on a currency-neutral basis at 317 million Hong Kong dollars (€37m-$41.8m). Sales of accessories declined by 2.7 percent, down to HK$445 (€52m-$59m).