BURBERRY TO CLOSE FACTORY: Burberry has said it will close a factory in Wales because it has become too expensive. The factory, in Treorchy, south Wales, which makes polo shirts for the British brand and has been in operation since 1939, currently employs 311 staffers. “Manufacturing in Treorchy is no longer commercially viable. This situation leaves us with no other alternative than to propose the closure of the factory,” Burberry said. The statement added the decision followed a yearlong review of the Burberry supply chain and manufacturing process. Pending the outcome of talks with unions, the site will close early next year. Great Universal Stores, Burberry’s former parent, purchased the factory in 1950, and Burberry has been using it since 1989. Burberry employs a total of 2,000 people in the U.K.
PERFECT FIT: Invista’s denim lounge, located at Bryant Park, is showcasing two technological developments and a chance to try them out. During fashion week, the lounge will be showing jeans from Serfontaine, J Brand, Rock & Republic and Gold Sign that can be tried on. All the jeans feature Invista’s new XFIT Lycra or Lycra T-400 technology. Mik Serfontaine, owner and designer of Serfontaine, is especially excited about XFIT Lycra, a patented cross-weave technology that delivers the benefits of four-way stretch. “If you’re a premium denim brand, you have to offer value. XFIT Lycra gives a great stretch and because it’s four-way, there’s no pinching or tension,” he said. “And it’s more refined than the traditional two-way stretch we’ve seen in activewear for years.” The Lycra T-400 technology, meanwhile, allows designers to apply aggressive washes and abrasions to denim without losing any of Lycra’s normal properties.
RITTERSPORN SERVICE SET: A memorial service will be held Sept. 20 for Liz Rittersporn, a syndicated fashion writer, who died July 2 at the age of 80. A celebration of her life will take place at Parish Hall of St. Marks Church at 131 East 10th Street in New York from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Rittersporn was a fashion writer for Women’s Wear Daily in the Fifties and Sixties, and went on to become a style writer and women’s editor of the Daily News from 1972 to 1991. Known for her observant eye and keen sense of humor, the Seattle-born Rittersporn’s work was syndicated throughout the country.
This story first appeared in the September 12, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.