Ecko Expands Callanen Watch Pact

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NEW YORK – Marc Ecko Enterprises has agreed to extensions of its licensing agreement with Timex Inc.’s Callanen International subsidiary. Callanen will hold onto its license for Marc Ecko Watches for an unspecified multiyear term and expand its activities to include numerous international markets in addition to the U.S. Callanen …

In NY: Rag & Bone and Duckie Brown

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Rag & Bone At Rag & Bone, I kept thinking about Lauren Bacall’s character in “How to Marry a Millionaire,” who was convinced that the men she was attracted to were always “gas pump jockeys,” and how, when she finally gave in and married the guy she loved, he was …

NY’s Home Opener

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Olympus Fashion Week 2006 got off to a promising start last week with John Bartlett taking the early spot away from no-show Kenneth Cole. Here’s the first of our reports. You’ll read articles by Craig Crawford in the pages of MR – he joins me for the Big Apple blogging. …

Meyrowitz To Succeed Cammarata as TJX CEO

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NEW YORK – Off-price giant The TJX Companies said Thursday that Carol Meyrowitz will succeed Bernard Cammarata as chief executive officer of the firm next Jan. 28. Cammarata will continue as chairman and Meyrowitz, who was also elected a director of the firm, will retain her current title as president. …

Massive Marketing for May-to-Macy’s Remakes

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NEW YORK – Federated Department Stores said Wednesday that the “robust” advertising and marketing campaign set to usher in the re-launch of former May Department Stores units as Macy’s stores will be the largest in its history. More than 400 stores across the U.S. will open as Macy’s units on …

Philip Miller Joins Kellwood Board

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NEW YORK – Philip Miller, the former chief executive of Saks Fifth Avenue and the current interim CEO of St. John Knits International, has been elected to the board of directors of Kellwood Co. He fills the spot vacated by the June retirement of Martin Bloom. In addition to his …

My 15 Seconds of Fame

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I figure Warhol’s worn-out quote that “in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” can be edited down to 15 seconds of MTV time. But can somebody please explain to me how famous people get anything done? I thought that having cameras follow us around at MAGIC might …

Vegas: The Blogs Are In!

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Some things about Las Vegas never change, like the impersonators of Elvis and other dearly departed celebrities (below, top) and the pretty women congregating around Michael Isaacson at the Tulliano both (below, bottom). However, for insights into the ever-changing business of fashion, read Karen Alberg Grossman and her take on …

Adler Gets Top Sales Post at Daron

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NEW YORK – Michael Adler has been named president of sales at Daron Fashions Group, the firm that markets the Hawke & Co. Outfitters and Protection Systems brands of kids’ outerwear. Adler, who reports to Daron principal Michael Rosenberg, has spent over 30 years in the outerwear industry, beginning with …

Rainforest Licenses Its Way to Expansion

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NEW YORK – Rainforest will extend its brand reach into a myriad of new markets through a series of three new licenses recently penned by the outerwear firm. The new licensees are: Gordon & Ferguson, granted exclusive right to produce and distribute leather outerwear bearing the Rainforest and RFT by …

Vegas: Parties and Perspective

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The Las Vegas markets are winding down, but MRkpetlace.com’s coverage of the shows is just heating up. Schmoozing has the party beat covered and Arnie Karr blogs rhapsodic about his return to Las Vegas after a seven-year absence in the Blog Cabin.

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 …