– NEW BAGS FOR VITTADINI: Adrienne Vittadini has signed a new licensing agreement for its handbag collection with Sondra Roberts, a 25-year-old independent specialist. The bags will be sold starting for the fall season in better specialty and department stores and include two price tiers — a bridge-level collection that retails from $400 to $975 and better-priced bags from $125 to $395. Previously, the company licensed its bags to Mondani.
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-NORTHPARK SHOOTING: A woman who was shot in the cheek Friday night in a parking lot at NorthPark Center mall in Dallas was in fair condition Monday at Baylor University Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Police hope a witness will come forward to help identify the suspect, who fled, said Kevin Janse, a police spokesman. The victim, Mary Boyd, 43, of Waxahachie, Tex., was sitting in her Ford F-150 pickup truck and waiting for her teenage daughter to emerge from a movie theater when the gunman approached her at 9:15 p.m. in what appears to have been an attempted robbery or carjacking, Janse said.
-EDWARDS STARTS INVESTMENT FUND: Mike Edwards, the former chief executive officer of Lucy Activewear who left three months after VF Corp. acquired the firm, is looking to invest in one or two casual, outdoor and eco-friendly women’s apparel brands in the next six months. Edwards said he has started Bequia Group as a Portland, Ore.-based investment vehicle, backed by Portland-based private equity firm Endeavour Capital Inc., to buy West Coast lifestyle brands in the $50 million to $100 million range that target “highly educated demographics that live healthy and active lifestyles that span the ages of 25 to 55.”