ADIDAS MOVES INTO SOHO: Adidas is readying its third Originals store, which will open in SoHo at the end of this month, an Adidas spokesman said Thursday. The company has a New York showroom in that neighborhood on Broadway and is moving into the 3,800-square-foot space previously occupied by Adhoc at 136 Wooster Street, not far from Stussy. Originals is a combination of replica products and updated versions of classic apparel, footwear and accessories. Last year, Adidas opened Originals stores in Berlin and Tokyo. To celebrate its new digs, Adidas is trying to recruit some Adidas-sponsored tennis players for the opening night bash, which will take place during the U.S. Open.
CHANGING TOMMY’S UNDERWEAR: Tommy Hilfiger will bring its men’s underwear business in-house beginning next spring. Tommy Hilfiger underwear has been licensed to Jockey International since 1993, a deal that will terminate upon expiration of the license next May 31. VF Corp. remains the women’s licensee for Hilfiger’s intimates, including underwear and bras. The new men’s in-house underwear business will be operated by Michael Spillane, a former head of Tommy underwear at Jockey until he joined the fashion firm as president of the Hilfiger children’s division in 2001. Spillane will continue to run the children’s division. The company said the transition is expected to have a “modest positive impact” on sales and earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004.
CLAIBORNE PROMOTES: Liz Claiborne Inc. has added the word “senior” to two executives’ titles. Michael Scarpa, vice president, chief financial officer, is now senior vice president and cfo, and John Sullivan, vice president, chief information officer, is now senior vice president, chief information officer. In his expanded role, Scarpa will be responsible for management and execution of the company’s accounting and control, taxation, internal and external audit, financial planning and operations, treasury, investor relations and facilities management. Sullivan is in charge of information technology. Scarpa joined Liz Claiborne in 1983 as a budget manager and has since held positions of increasing responsibility at the company, while Sullivan started as vice president, information systems in 1996. Both report to Paul Charron, chairman and chief executive officer.