By  on December 19, 2007

- MEDAL CONTENDER: Valérie Hermann is making room on her mantelpiece for yet another accolade. The Yves Saint Laurent boss jetted to Courchevel, the French Alps ski resort, last weekend for the annual Les Femmes en Or (Women in Gold) gala where she picked up a trophy for her achievements in business. In July, she received a chevalier medal, one of France's highest honors.

Global yarn production rose 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2007, because of higher output in North America, Europe and Asia, according to a report from the International Textile Manufacturers Federation. The Zurich-based ITMF, an umbrella group for national textile associations in more than 30 major textile nations, said production increased 10.2 percent in North America, 2.7 percent in Europe and 0.9 percent in Asia, but declined 4.6 percent in South America. In the same period, global fabric production posted an increase of 2.6 percent, with Europe, Asia and South America registering increases of 0.1 percent, 1.9 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively. Output in North America fell 1.3 percent, the ITMF noted. Global yarn stock levels were up 2.4 percent and reached the highest level in the past three years, while world fabric inventories advanced in the second quarter 0.2 percent.

- KATHRYN CONOVER HIRE: Dress label Kathryn Conover has tapped Tony Brown as vice president of sales and creative director. Most recently national sales manager for Max & Cleo, Brown has worked in sales for Ralph Lauren, Sean John, Laundry, Donna Ricco and Gillian. Based in New York, Brown reports to Marty Pitiger, president of the Ronni Nicole Group, Kathryn Conover's parent company.

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