LOS ANGELES — Barry Aved is getting a second tour of duty as president of Tarrant Apparel Group here.

Aved served as president of the firm for six months beginning in 1999, resigning from the post but remaining a director after it posted a fourth-quarter loss of $2.2 million, much of it due to write-offs of inventory, debt and computer upgrades.

He succeeds Todd Kay, who continues as vice chairman of the firm.

Aved, a director of Tarrant since 1996, was most recently a consultant to the firm. Prior to his initial association with the company, he was chief executive officer of Lerner New York and Brooks Fashion Stores and vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear at Limited.

Of late, Tarrant has come under attack from labor rights organizations for the dismissal of about 200 workers at its plant in Puebla, Mexico, whose employees were seeking to unionize. Last month, Tarrant said it would lease its three plants in Mexico to a third party to focus on brand initiatives with retailers. A protest organized by the United Students Against Sweatshops, as well as activists from Sweatshop Watch and No More Sweatshops, is scheduled for Friday at Tarrant headquarters in Los Angeles.

Recently, the company has launched a series of private brand initiatives with major retailers, including American Rag with Federated Department Stores, Seven 7 with Express and No Jeans with Wet Seal. It also manufactures for Levi Strauss & Co., Tommy Hilfiger Corp., Limited Stores and American Eagle Outfitters.

Gerard Guez, chairman and ceo of Tarrant, said in a statement that Aved “adds a ‘retail merchant’ point of view, which will be a tremendous asset to our business.”

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