MR’s Vegas Invasion!

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MR and MRketplace.com have attacked Las Vegas with digital cameras, notebooks and various recording and telecommunications devices in tow, all programmed to ensure that what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas but will instead find a home online. Among the early sightings: License summit: ASG’s Donald Dolce and Allyn Saint George ponder …

Burlington/Allyn Saint George Make Deal for Labels

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LAS VEGAS – Burlington Coat Factory has made all of Allyn Saint George’s dreams come true. Allyn Saint George Licensing and Marketing Co. has reached an agreement giving Burlington Coat Factory rights as exclusive distributor of ASG’s Allyn Saint George and Fumagalli’s brands. A spring 07 launch of men’s tailored …

Marc Ecko Joins Forces with Nissan

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NEW YORK – Marc Ecko is hitting in the road in a Nissan. The founder of Marc Ecko Enterprises has created two one-of-a-kind vehicles—customized versions of the Nissan Pathfinder, inspired by the * ecko unltd. Line, and the Nissan Armada, based on Ecko’s Cut & Sew collection—which will be displayed …

Surfer Huessenstamm to Endorse Hot Tuna

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NEW YORK – Surfing champ Bron Heussenstamm has signed a multiyear agreement to endorse Hot Tuna apparel and participate in event production, marketing and product development. The multifaceted role with the surfing brand would seem to suit Heussenstamm, who received a degree in business entrepreneurship from the University of Southern …

Paging All Look-Alikes!

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Are you always being told that you look exactly like that star from that film whose name is on the tip of the enquirer’s tongue?  Or do you know someone who’s a dead ringer for that woman who was in that rock group that had that big hit way back …

Levi Vet Wells Joins True Religion

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NEW YORK – True Religion Apparel Inc. has taken another step to avoid flash-in-the-can status by hiring Zihaad Wells as its first design director. Wells, who reports directly to True Religion founder and chief executive officer Jeffrey Lubell, has been with Levi Strauss & Co. for the last eight years …

I Want My MTV!

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If a camera crew starts pushing and shoving its way into the middle of one of your appointments at MAGIC, it’s not the cast of “Entourage” (well…it might be), but the editorial staff at MR getting its 15 minutes of fame…on MTV! It all started when  regular MR contributing photographer …

Belk Booms in Q2

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NEW YORK – Belk Inc.’s second quarter was marked by sharply higher earnings and an acquisition-enhanced sales increases. Net income for the three months ended July 29 was $26.3 million, 52.9% above the $17.2 million registered during last year’s comparable period. Net sales increased 21.5 percent to $732 million, powered …

Andrew Jennings Exits SFA

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NEW YORK – Andrew Jennings has resigned as president of Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises following a two-and-a-half-year tenure with the store. SFAE said Jennings had made a “personal decision” to return overseas, where he spent the majority of his 30-year career in retailing. Stephen Sadove, chief executive officer of Saks …

Warnaco to Barington: Open to Suggestion

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NEW YORK – The Warnaco Group’s attempts to avoid the glare of the consolidation spotlight were dealt a serious blow Monday when Barington Capital said it had acquired a 5.6% stake in the company and intends to press for numerous changes to unlock shareholder value. Barington, an activist hedge fund …

Tandy Cuts Loss in Q4

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NEW YORK – Tandy Brands Accessories cut its fourth-quarter loss in half but still finished the year $3.5 million in the red. The Arlington, Tex.-based accessories marketer had a net loss of $1 million, or 16 cents a diluted share, in the three months ended June 30, versus a loss …

Najjar Moves to JEM from Target

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NEW YORK – Andrei Najjar has joined JEM Sportswear, the California-based knit top resource, in the new post of senior vice president of the company’s men’s and boys’ division. Najjar comes to JEM from Target Corp. in Minneapolis, where he was most recently merchandising manager of junior knits and graphic …

Men’s Wearhouse Excels in Q2

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NEW YORK – Men’s Wearhouse Inc. blew past analysts’ earnings expectation in the second quarter. During the three months ended July 29, the Houston-based menswear giant posted net income of $35.6 million, or 65 cents a diluted share, up 46.1% from the $24.4 million, or 43 cents, tallied in the …

Boomer Angst

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Back in January, I was intrigued by a Smithsonian Magazine story by Landon Y. Jones that reported that Kathleen Casey, the “first baby boomer,” turned 60-she was born on Jan. 1, 1946, at one second after midnight. The US Census Bureau reports that Kathleen’s peers, the leading edge of the …

Gold Toe, Moretz To Combine

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NEW YORK – Two major hosiery houses will now reside under the same roof. Gold Toe Investment Corp. and Moretz Inc., both based in North Carolina, will join forces through a deal in which The Blackstone Group will acquire Gold Toe and help to finance the combination. Blackstone subsequently will become …

Silvertown Joins Canada Goose

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NEW YORK – As part of its effort to beef up U.S.sales, outerwear brand Canada Goose has appointed Paul Silvertown as vice president of sales for North America, a new post. Prior to joining Toronto-based Canada Goose, Silvertown co-owned Pegasus Shirt Company in Canada and, more recently, headed up American …

Dillard’s Rebounds in Q2

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NEW YORK – Dillard’s Inc. reversed a second-quarter loss on flat net and same-store sales. For the three months ended July 29, the Little Rock, Ark.-based regional department store chain had net income of $15.7 million, or 20 cents a diluted share, versus a year-ago loss of $12.3 million, or …