NEW YORK--NAP Inc. has signed a letter of intent to design, produce and distribute the first lines of licensed innerwear bearing the Crabtree & Evelyn label. The deal includes products for women and men and covers distribution in the U.S. The merchandise will be introduced for fall 1996 at the March innerwear market. The women's line will feature daywear, sleepwear, robes, loungewear, bath wraps and coordinating slippers. Plans for men's styles are not final. Fabrics will include cotton knits and cotton terry. Solid colors and floral prints will be in jewel tones and pastels. Wholesale prices haven't been set. Distribution for both lines is aimed at department and specialty stores, as well as the Crabtree & Evelyn catalog and the 175-door bath and toiletry specialty chain in the U.S. A first-year sales projection has not yet been created, said Victor Lee, chief financial officer of NAP. Rebecca Harvey, vice president of Crabtree & Evelyn, based in Woodstock, Conn., predicted innerwear would be a "very important arena for us, with its obvious links to our toiletries and bath business." In addition to the Crabtree & Evelyn label, NAP manufactures innerwear under the NAP Essentials and Anne Lewin names and private label. The company, which generated 1994 wholesale volume of more than $90 million, has made six key executive appointments. Sharon Higson, an 18-year veteran of Marks & Spencer, has been appointed vice president of quality control and assurance, a new post. Higson was most recently senior fabric and garment technologist at Marks & Spencer from 1990 to 1995. She will direct fabric and garment quality for all NAP's operations. Anne Lewin has been named vice president of design for the firm's branded and private label businesses, another new post. Lewin joined the firm in 1992, when her innerwear label was acquired by NAP. Susan Larscheid succeeds Lewin as manager of the Anne Lewin division of sleepwear and at-homewear. Larscheid has been an account representative at NAP since joining the firm in late 1994. Earlier, she was an executive at Macy's East for seven years, where most recently she was buyer of contemporary daywear and shapewear. Doreen J. Bisordi-Teymour has been named manager of the private label division servicing department stores. She will be responsible for sales, product development and production of sleepwear, robes and at-homewear. A 20-year veteran of the innerwear industry, she most recently headed the Cinzia sleepwear division of Madison Maidens, here, for four months. Bisordi-Teymour succeeds Pamela Raiff, who has been named manager of a new division that services specialty stores. Aki Giolmos, vice president of NAP and formerly director of production in Istanbul, Turkey, will oversee production in Greece and Bulgaria. His former responsibilities will be assumed by Adil Benardette, who formerly had his own vendor business. The executives all report to the NAP's top management: Pano Zomopoulos, president; Niko Oreopoulos, general manager; chief financial officer Lee and Giolmos.
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