PALMER TO AMEREX: Glenn Palmer has joined Amerex Group Inc. as president and chief executive officer.
He assumes the ceo role from Fred Shvets, who has been promoted to chairman of Amerex, and the president title from Ira Granger, who has been promoted to vice chairman. Palmer is based at the company’s corporate office in New York’s Empire State Building and reports to Shvets and Granger.
Palmer had been president and ceo of Best Manufacturing LLC, an apparel and textiles manufacturer. Amerex produces women’s outerwear under the Jones New York and Mudd licenses, as well as Alpine Studio, One Madison, Mulberry Street, Static, Gerry and Weather Tamer.
MISTY HARBOR ADDS WOOL: Misty Harbor has signed a licensing deal with Pollak Import-Exports Corp. to produce the first line of wool coats under the brand.
The line will bow for fall retailing, featuring styles such as chesterfields, wraps, double-breasted coats and anoraks. The collection includes petites, misses’ and plus-size styles, with an average wholesale price of $55 for a short coat and $70 for a large-size style. The first-year projected wholesale volume is $1 million, a company spokeswoman said.
Misty Harbor wool outerwear is being shown at the new Pollak/Misty Harbor showroom at 463 Seventh Avenue in New York. Misty Harbor is owned by Essex Manufacturing, which also produced licensed lines under the Kasper, Jones New York and Nautica brands. Pollak is an 85-year-old firm that also sells a proprietary line of Tally-Ho boiled wool coats.
REINVENTING VESTS: Scott eVest LLC has unveiled a vest equipped with pockets for cell phones, pagers, MP3 players and other necessities. The lightweight hooded vest is windproof and waterproof and has zip-off sleeves and magnetic closures. The lined version is $150 and the unlined one is $140. Based in Chicago, Scott eVest specializes in clothes designed to incorporate electronics.