NEW YORK — After flirting with potential suitors for more than a decade, Ellen Tracy has finally accepted a proposal from Liz Claiborne Inc., giving the company a firm grasp on the bridge category in the process.

Liz Claiborne said Monday it has bought 100 percent of the stock of Ellen Tracy Inc., one of the longest-standing and most successful American bridge companies, for about $180 million. The move gives the apparel giant control of two of the largest core bridge players in department stores, including its own Dana Buchman division.

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