POSTNATAL RELIEF: A former employee of Club 21, Giorgio Armani’s U.K. franchisee, is set to collect approximately $160,000 of compensation in a case involving sex discrimination. Sarah Vince-Cain, who worked as a regional manager for the Armani Collezione brand in northern England and Scotland, told a London employment tribunal earlier this week that she was bullied by her bosses after she returned from maternity leave in April 2001. Vince-Cain won three claims for sex discrimination, victimization and unfair dismissal from the tribunal. An Armani spokeswoman declined to comment, and a spokesman for Club 21 could not be reached for comment.
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COACH ADDS TUCCI: Mike Tucci will join Coach Inc. as president of its North American retail division, effective next month, succeeding Dave DeMattei, who will leave the firm “to pursue other opportunities.” Tucci has been with Gap Inc. for eight years, most recently as executive vice president of Gap Inc. Direct, and earlier in his career was president of Aeropostale while it was still a unit of Macy’s. Tucci will be responsible for all Coach’s retail and outlet strategy in the U.S. and Canada and will report to Lew Frankfort, the firm’s chairman and chief executive.
ONE WORLD, NEW NAME: Trade show organizer Urban Expositions and the American Apparel & Footwear Association have decided to rename the spring 2004 edition of the Material World show as One World. That show is intended to attract suppliers of machinery and equipment, in addition to the core suppliers of textiles, yarn and other ancillary products. It will fit into an off-year between major equipment shows in Germany and Japan. At that edition of the show, Material World exhibitors will be grouped into a section called Sewn World, while suppliers of information technology products will appear in IT World. The event is set for April 14-16, 2004, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.