IZOD EXPANDS PRODUCT OFFERINGS: Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. has signed three new licenses for its Izod brand. M.Z. Berger & Co. will design and produce three collections of men's, women's and unisex watches under the Izod brand. The watches will be launched for holiday and retail from $85 to $195. For accessories and handbags, Accessory Network Group is producing collections for Izod bowing for spring and ranging from $15 to $75. SG Footwear, Izod's slipper licensee, will now also make beach footwear for men and women under the Izod label, starting for spring. They will retail from $25 to $35. Each of the licenses cover the U.S. and Canada.
LAYERING UP: With San Diego Chargers Shawne Merriman serving as spokesman, Burlington Coat Factory is operating One Warm Coat Drive, a nationwide effort that will run through Nov. 11. Working with the nonprofit groups One Warm Coat and the Salvation Army, the 394-unit retail chain has drop-off boxes in each of its stores. The collected coats for women, men and children will be donated to 100 local organizations.
ETTINGER JOINS SAFILO: Safilo USA has named Robin Scheer Ettinger as vice president of marketing for the firm's wholesale optical and retail sunglass divisions, as well as the company's retail division that encompasses the Solstice Sunglass Boutique and Sunsights by Solstice sunwear chains. She joins the company from the National Kitchen and Bath Association, where as director of marketing she oversaw the association's marketing initiatives for the $265 billion kitchen and bath remodeling and design industry. She reports to Dick Russo, executive vice president of Safilo USA.
NEW ZEALAND TEST RESULTS: An investigation by New Zealand's Ministry of Consumer Affairs found that 97 of the 99 apparel and textile items tested contained either little or no formaldehyde, which can cause rashes and, in extreme cases, cancer. Two items had more than the acceptable 100 parts per million, but a simple washing solved the problem. The government said tests by a consumer watchdog TV show that had turned up unsafe levels of the chemical were not conducted properly.
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