• WINNING STYLE: Samsung Cheil Industries Inc. revealed the winners of the 2009 Samsung Fashion & Design Fund. They are Bensoni designers Sonia Yoon and Benjamin Channing Clyburn, men’s wear designer Juun J and Gryphon designer Aimee Cho. The fund celebrates emerging designers of Korean descent worldwide. Past winners include Doo-Ri Chung, Richard Chai, Koeun Park, Sang-A Im-Propp for Sang A, Gunhyo Kim for Il Galantuomo and Steve Jung and Yoni Pai for Steve J & Yoni P.

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• MILLER TAPS TWO: Nicole Miller has promoted David Weissman and Sandy Yoon-Krupkin to senior vice president, sales and retail. They replace Lara Piropato, who left the company last week. Most recently, Weissman served as director of sales for the New York office, and Yoon-Krupkin was director of sales for international. Together they will oversee the company’s wholesale business, manage its network of freestanding stores and expand its e-commerce capability. Weissman and Yoon-Krupkin are based in New York and report to Bud Konheim, chief executive officer.


• MALL SHOOTER SENTENCED: A gunman who shot a woman in the face in the parking lot of NorthPark Center in Dallas has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. A jury in Dallas County Court convicted Demond Stuard, 29, of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the May shooting of Mary Boyd, 44. Boyd testified that Stuard had startled her by banging on the window and that she wasn’t sure if he wanted to rob her or steal her vehicle. He shot her through the window, but she managed to drive to a valet parking stand to get help.


• GRAMICCI TAPS DESIGN DIRECTOR: Outdoor lifestyle brand Gramicci has named Dreanna Bane as design director. Bane, 46, began her career in 1991 at Guess Inc., and has served as a designer/merchandiser for Lucky Brand and Safety Clothing Co. Most recently, she worked as a freelance designer. Based in Agoura Hills, Calif., Bane reports to Gramicci president Marty Weening. Bane replaced Sarah Mark, who relocated with her husband to Africa.