THE ROBERTS ROOM: The Fashion Institute of Technology will mark the opening of the Rita and Bruce Roberts Room in a dedication ceremony this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at FIT's Robert Lagary Board Room. Industry veteran Bruce Roberts has been executive director of the Textile Distributors Association since 1990, and he and his wife have been active donors to FIT. This year, the husband and wife pledged $75,000 to FIT, payable over four years. The dedication of the room is being made in recognition of the gift. The room will be used for meetings and receptions and can hold about 30 people.

KELLWOOD GETS MORE ACTIVE: Kellwood Co. has agreed to acquire Royal Robbins Inc., a women's and men's active sportswear and travel apparel business, for approximately $40 million. A division of Phoenix Footwear Group Inc., Royal Robbins had about $30 million in sales last year. The Modesto, Calif.-based company was founded in 1968 by Royal Robbins, who is considered one of the most influential mountain climbers of the 20th century. Robbins and his wife and partner, Liz, established the business to outfit climbing enthusiasts and other outdoor-oriented individuals. Robert "Bob"Orlando, president of Royal Robbins, and his team will continue with the company. Orlando will report to George J. Grabner Jr., president of American Recreation Products, a subsidiary of Kellwood, whose outdoor recreation and leisure product brands include Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenzel. The deal is expected to close early next month.

YEAR OF THE GOAT: Goat, the British fashion label that counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller and Elle Macpherson among its fans, scooped up the award for new exporter at the annual U.K. Fashion Export Awards earlier this month. The label was founded by Jane Lewis in 2001 as a cashmere knitwear company and since then has blossomed into a full ready-to-wear line. The line sells in the U.S. at stores including Takashimaya, Searle, Louis Boston and American Rag. Other winners included Pistol Panties, in the lingerie category; Sarah Arnett Ltd. for women's wear, and Ciel for ethical fashion. U.K. Fashion Exports is a trade association representing British exporters of apparel and accessories.

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