• FUR TROUBLE: It’s been well documented that Stella McCartney is staunchly against the use of animal products such as fur and leather in her collections — even her shoes and bags are leather-free. But it seems one stylist didn’t figure out that McCartney wouldn’t want her designs used to help promote other companies’ fur lines. London’s Mail on Sunday reported that McCartney was “furious” to see a model in an advertisement for Hockley — a London fur company — wearing a black bra from McCartney’s lingerie collection under one of Hockley’s fur coats. The ad ran in the September issue of U.K. Vogue, which hit newsstands last week. A spokesman for McCartney confirmed that a stylist had borrowed lingerie samples for a magazine editorial shoot in April, but then had used a piece in the fur advertising campaign. “Stella is very disappointed, as it goes against her anti-fur beliefs,” said the spokesman, who declined to comment on whether any legal action would be taken. Hockley could not be reached for comment Sunday, but the Mail cited a statement the fur company issued to McCartney in which it apologized, said it believed the bra was a vintage piece and characterized the incident as “an unfortunate mistake.” Hockley further stated it doesn’t plan to use the image again.
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• BON-TON KEEPS BERGREN: The tenure of Byron “Bud” Bergren as president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has been extended one year, to Feb. 5, 2010. Bergren’s contract calls for him to work in his current capacity until Jan. 31, 2009, and to serve in an “important role” to be determined by the company’s board until the 2010 date. “Our board has been very pleased with Bud’s vision, leadership and execution since he joined Bon-Ton five years ago, and therefore we have requested Bud continue as president and chief executive officer,” said Tim Grumbacher, executive chairman of the York, Pa.-based department store group.
• MARCOLIN RETURNS TO PROFIT: Italian eyewear manufacturer Marcolin SpA, whose licenses include Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, and recently John Galliano and Dsquared2, said last Monday it expects to return to profitability come yearend, after first-half earnings spiked, following cost savings, including the termination of the sale of winter products under its own label, Cebe. Net profits for the six months ended June 30 reached 7.5 million euros, or $11.5 million at average exchange, compared with a loss of 2 million euros, or $2.7 million, in the same period last year. Sales gained 3.6 percent to 107.7 million euros, or $164.8 million. Marcolin’s stock closed down 0.4 percent to 1.60 euros, or $2.49 at current exchange.
• BLOOMINGDALE’S MEDIA TEAM: To strengthen its press relations and national media strategy, Bloomingdale’s promoted Elizabeth Quarta to operating vice president, corporate media, and named Elizabeth McGovern director of national media relations. Quarta reports to Anne Keating, senior vice president of public relations, special events and corporate philanthropy. McGovern, formerly with Keri Levitt Communications, reports to Quarta.
• RUSSELL SIMMONS SIGNS WITH LF: LF USA, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Li & Fung Ltd., has signed a licensing agreement to manufacture and distribute the Russell Simmons Argyle Culture brand. The two parties will work together to grow the Russell Simmons Argyle Culture brand, which was launched last year at Macy’s and specialty stores, into new product categories and distribution channels. Russell Simmons will oversee the creative direction of the brand, while LF USA will provide sourcing and distribution resources. Russell Simmons Argyle Culture will be housed under LF USA’s Regatta division, which handles the company’s proprietary brand business, including Simply Vera Vera Wang. The Russell Simmons Argyle Culture line is currently men’s, but plans include expanding into women’s and home furnishings.
• MACGREGOR GOLF CFO: MacGregor Golf Co., the parent company of Greg Norman Collection and MacGregor Golf, has named Scott Kane chief financial officer. Kane worked at Kids Headquarters, where he was vice president of finance and corporate controller. Based in New York, Kane reports to Michael J. Setola, president and chief executive officer.
• SIMON MALLS STAGING SHOWS: Simon Property Group will feature fall fashions, accessories and cosmetics in runway shows in September and October at six malls in six states. The shows, called Simon Fashion Now, are free and intended to boost interest among consumers. The series kicks off Sept. 18 to 20 at The Westchester in White Plains, N.Y., followed by Burlington Mall in Burlington, Mass., Sept. 27; The Galleria in Houston, Oct. 16 to 18; Fashion Valley in San Diego, Oct. 24 to 25; Ross Park in Pittsburgh, Nov. 8, and Town Center at Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Fla., Nov. 13 and 15.