NEW YORK — Top management from Federated Merchandising, Jones Apparel Group, Reebok International, Reebok U.S.A. and Diesel U.S.A. will give its views on "Success in Tough Times" at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s 12th annual Key Issues seminar on Oct. 16.

Featured speakers are Janet Grove, chairman and chief executive of Federated Merchandising Group; Peter Boneparth, president and ceo of Jones Apparel Group; Jay Margolis, president and chief operating officer of Reebok International; Andreas Kurz, ceo of Diesel U.S.A., and Jim Glassman, senior economist at J.P. Morgan Chase. Gilbert Harrison, chairman of Financo Inc., will be the moderator. The seminar’s keynote address will be delivered by Emanuel Weintraub, president of the Fort Lee, N.J.-based management consulting firm that bears his name and founder of the seminar series.

"Good product is always a necessity in the fashion world, but our speakers will go beyond that and address the two burning issues of the day — speed to market and the containment of costs — to give a better picture of how apparel can flex its muscles in a world in which fashion battles with more and more products and services for the attention and dollar of the consumer," Weintraub said.

Participants will also address the growing role and sophistication of private label in the apparel marketplace and brands’ pursuit of market share outside their traditional department store base.

The seminar, being held in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre in Building D of FIT on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast and is scheduled to conclude at 11 a.m. Admission is $150 for a company’s first representative and $100 for additional attendees from an individual firm.

Ticket information is available from FIT or Emanuel Weintraub Associates.

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