MILLER LAYERS UP: Now that her fall show has come and gone, Nicole Miller has another project — a four-year licensing deal with Shayne Industries USA for a signature outerwear collection. The deal covers the U.S., Canada and Mexico with the option to expand to other countries. Shayne Industries USA is a subsidiary of Shayne Industries Taiwan, a $100 million outerwear and upholstery manufacturer and distributor. The outerwear collection that hits stores this fall will include printed wools, double-faced meltons and cashmeres, as well as a down and parka group and glazed tech rainwear. The line wholesales from $150 to $1,350, but the bulk is between $250 and $550.
SENATE ECONOMIC PLAN STALLS: Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an alternate economic stimulus plan proposed by Democrats, who sought to expand a House-passed rebate and business incentive package they said did not go far enough in helping unemployed workers, senior citizens and disabled veterans. The vote was 58-41, but Democratic leaders failed to get the 60 votes necessary to limit debate and move their bill to the finish line. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who insisted on the vote over the objections of Republicans and the Bush administration, did not indicate whether he would try to bring up separate amendments to the House-passed bill or simply bring the House bill to a vote. The $146 billion House stimulus package, a compromise with the Bush administration, would provide $100 billion in tax rebates, including $600 for individuals, $1,200 for couples and an additional $300 per child.