– POLO’S HOME HIRE: Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. tapped Frank Guzzetta as president of Ralph Lauren Home Collection, effective Aug. 11. Guzzetta most recently was chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s North. He succeeds Barbara Deichman, who retired last December. At Polo, Guzzetta will be in charge of the strategic and day-to-day management of the home collection business, which includes such areas as sales, marketing, product management licensing, sourcing and manufacturing. He will also work closely with the design and development divisions. Guzzetta will report to Roger Farah, Polo’s president and chief operating officer.
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– STEVE & BARRY’S AUCTION: The assets of Steve & Barry’s Inc., the bankrupt sportswear and footwear retailer, will be auctioned on Aug. 12 at the law offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Manhattan. The date and location were set at a court hearing in New York on Tuesday.
– GOTCHA RELAUNCH IN EUROPE: Perry Ellis International has made a licensing agreement with TV Mania GMBH and Must International Trading PTE Ltd. to relaunch the Gotcha brand in Europe for spring. The snow and surf apparel for women, men and children will be sold through department and specialty stores in the European Union, as well as in Switzerland, Turkey and Norway. In 2006, Perry Ellis acquired the trademark for Gotcha, a 30-year-old brand that started as a swim trunk line.