- GAP'S NEW PARTNER: Gap Europe is set to test in-store concessions, or leased departments, in the U.K. with plans to open six shop-in-shops in House of Fraser stores over the next few months. Five will be babyGap stores, and the sixth will be a men's and women's concession set to open in the House of Fraser in London's Victoria. The units will range in size from 1,300 square feet to 5,000 square feet, and a Gap spokeswoman said the venture would be "a test" of the concession business in the U.K. The move follows recent British press reports suggesting Gap plans to shutter its underperforming U.K. stores. While the spokeswoman declined to comment on the store closures, she said store reviews were a regular part of retail business, and Gap continues to "remarket and reopen stores."

- GANT DESIGN DIRECTOR: Gant has appointed Brian Rennie, formerly design director for Escada, as design director, a new post. When he starts in Stockholm on Sept. 24, Rennie, 44, will head design and product development for all Gant collections. He will report to Arthur Engel, chief executive officer of Gant AB, the Swedish parent company.

- JONES E-COMMERCE PRESIDENT: Jones Apparel Group Inc. named Ronald Offir, president of Kompo e-Commerce Solutions, to fill the newly created post of e-commerce president across all of Jones' brands and divisions. Offir, 38, served as divisional vice president of coach.com from 2002 to 2006. Offir reports to Wesley R. Card, president and chief executive officer of Jones. He will be based in both Manhattan and White Plains, N.Y.

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