NINE WEST-NEW BALANCE LAUNCH: Nine West Group, a division of Jones Apparel Group Inc., and New Balance are launching a fashion-lifestyle footwear collection, called New Balance for Nine West, combining New Balance’s performance technology with Nine West’s styling for spring 2009. The price range has not been determined, but a spokeswoman for Jones said it would be comparable with Nine West and New Balance’s current offerings. Jones declined to project volume for the line, which will initially sell in a limited distribution to top New Balance and Nine West stores and select specialty stores. Nine West creative director Fred Allard and New Balance creative directors Savania Davies-Keiller and Roberto Crivello will collaborate to design the line. New Balance will handle the innovative material direction and insole technology, while Nine West will be responsible for soft-tech styling and color. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. MOTHERS WORK’S NEW CFO: Mothers Work Inc. promoted Judd Tirnauer to senior vice president and chief financial officer from vice president of finance. He will report to Edward Krell, the company’s chief operating officer, who also served as cfo prior to Tirnauer’s promotion. Tirnauer joined Mothers Work in 2001 as director of financial planning and analysis before being promoted to vice president of those areas in 2003. He’d held his most recent post since 2005. Krell continues to report to Dan Matthias, chairman and chief executive officer, and Rebecca Matthias, president and chief creative officer.

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