STRICKLER TAPPED AT USTR: Gail Strickler was named assistant U.S. Trade Representative for textiles on Monday, confirming a report on Aug. 24 that she was the leading candidate for the post, elevating from what was called the special textile negotiator. Strickler will oversee negotiations that affect textiles and apparel and will advise USTR Ron Kirk on industry trade policy. She will also work to enhance U.S. access to foreign markets for the industry. Strickler most recently was associate director for Textiles & Apparel Product Safety at Philadelphia University’s College of Textiles and Sciences. Prior to that, she was vice president of the Global Apparel Division for Duro Textile. She has also served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cotton Board since 2002.

SHOPBOP HIRE: Darcy Penick has joined Madison, Wis.-based as divisional merchandise manager. She will head the buying department for the retail Web site, known for its mix of contemporary designer lines. Penick succeeds Erin Crandall, who had the title of head buyer before leaving in June. Penick had been a senior buyer for almost four years at Saks Fifth Avenue in the women’s footwear department, and worked at Bergdorf Goodman as a buyer in the contemporary area. She began her career in 2000 at Neiman Marcus. Based in New York, Penick reports to Joe Milano, general merchandise manager at Shopbop.

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