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 …

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 …