By and  on February 27, 2008

NEW LIZ BOARD MEMBER: Kenneth B. Gilman has been elected to Liz Claiborne Inc.'s board, bringing the number of directors to 10. Paul E. Tierney Jr., who had served on Claiborne's board since 1995, stepped down this month. Gilman's initial term will expire at the company's May 15 annual meeting, when he will be up for reelection for a three-year term. Gilman spent more than 25 years at Limited Brands Inc., rising to vice chairman and chief administrative officer of Limited from 1993 to 2001. He was then moved over to Lane Bryant as chief executive officer to prepare the division for its eventual sale to Charming Shoppes Inc. After Limited Brands, Gilman was president and ceo of Asbury Automotive Group until his retirement in May.

ZIMMERMAN RETURNS TO DRY LAND: Australian line Zimmerman has sold its swimwear in the U.S. for a decade, and this spring it's bringing contemporary sportswear stateside, as well. The collection launching here will be the same one the 15-year-old brand shows domestically, but will be edited to sell about 60 rather than 120 looks of the line, which is known for its prints and color. "We are adding three more stores in Australia by the end of the year, then we are focusing on the American market because we think we can do really well here," said designer Nicky Zimmerman. "The clothing we do with swimwear is not just caftans and usual swim cover-ups, it's real resortwear and retailers were asking us what else we do as clothing." The line wholesales from $110 to $400, and like the swim line, the sportswear is being carried in about 50 doors, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Intermix. The company, which does not disclose its volume, does half its business at wholesale, and a quarter of its wholesale in the U.S. — though Zimmerman expects its U.S. business will double this year and is considering opening retail stores here.

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