• JEWELRY NAMES FOR SALE: Consor Intellectual Asset Management said it has been retained to find a buyer for the intellectual property assets of two now-defunct jewelry chains, Friedman’s Jewelers and Crescent Jewelers. In addition to the nameplates, other assets in the intellectual property portfolio includes Web site names and addresses and the registered trademark “Say It With Diamonds.”

• YMI EXPANDS APPAREL:
Junior denim brand YMI will expand to activewear, tops and dresses for the holiday selling season under a license with HMS LLC. This marks the first licensing deal for Los Angeles-based YMI, which sells its jeans to retailers including J.C. Penney, Belk and Dillard’s. HMS is best known for producing clothing for Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier. YMI estimated that retail prices for its new offerings will range from $17 to $30 for tops, $25 to $60 for dresses and $25 to $75 for activewear such as jogging suits.

• SURF HONORS: The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association honored the late Dick Baker, former president and chief executive officer of Ocean Pacific; surfer Rob Machado, and environmentalist Dave Rastovich at its Waterman’s Ball earlier this month. On the 20th anniversary of the annual gala, held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Billabong president Paul Naude, Volcom ceo Richard Woolcott, Hurley founder Bob Hurley and VF Corp.’s Steve Murray joined their peers to recognize Machado as Waterman of the Year and Rastovich, co-founder of advocacy group Surfers for Cetaceans, as environmentalist of the year. Baker, who died in April, posthumously received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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