– HONORABLE BRITS: Another round of British fashion figures has been honored in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors list. Stuart Rose, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has been awarded a knighthood for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility — putting him on an equal footing with the Arcadia and Topshop owner Sir Philip Green, who made an unsuccessful bid for M&S in 2004. “Naturally I am delighted, but it is as much for everyone at M&S as it is for me,” said a modest Rose. Meanwhile, Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, was recognized as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire as part of the government’s diplomatic services and overseas list, for services to British journalism and British fashion in the U.S. Designer Jasper Conran also was made an OBE, along with designer Karen Millen and Romy Fraser, the founder of the health remedies brand Neal’s Yard Remedies. And Rose wasn’t the only British high street honcho to be honored: Maurice Bennett, who founded the British fashion chains Warehouse and Coast, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire — one level up from an OBE — as was Richard Bradbury, ceo of River Island, another high street chain in the U.K..
– KENNETH COLE DONATES: This month marks the 15th year of Kenneth Cole’s national shoe drive to benefit HELP USA, which provides housing and services for the homeless. From Jan. 19 to Jan. 28, customers who donate gently worn shoes receive 20 percent off their purchases at any Kenneth Cole New York store location. To date, Kenneth Cole has collected more than 1.5 million pairs of shoes for HELP USA.