INVISTA DEPARTURE: Bill Ghitis, president of Invista's apparel business, has left the company. Invista, which manufactures and markets the Lycra stretch fiber, said in a statement that Ghitis "decided to retire and has resigned." A replacement has not been named. Ghitis, 59, was president of Invista's apparel segment when DuPont sold Invista to Koch Industries Inc. in 2004 and continued in that position after the change in ownership. He had held several posts at DuPont prior to becoming president of its global apparel unit in 2001, including vice president of new business development for DuPont Lycra and global director in the staple, fiberfill and branded specialties areas for DuPont Dacron.

LIBERTY'S NEW LIFE: There are changes afoot at Liberty, the iconic London store famous for its fashion, fabrics and Arts and Crafts furniture. Its chief executive officer, Iain Renwick, who put Liberty's finances back on track, has left. Industry sources said that Liberty is expected to name Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, currently president of Christian Lacroix, as its new ceo. Meanwhile, a Liberty spokesman confirmed that Renwick's plans to promote the new Liberty of London in-house accessories brand will move forward. As reported, Liberty has unveiled a line of high-end silk and leather accessories, jewelry, beach wear and items for the home under the Liberty of London label. The first Liberty of London stand-alone store will open in central London in the autumn, and a total of 100 Liberty of London outlets are set to open over the next five years. The first U.S. Liberty of London store is set for 2009.

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