DOCKERS’ PRESIDENT: Levi Strauss & Co. has tapped John Goodman to be president of the company’s U.S. Dockers business. Goodman, 49, comes to Dockers from Kmart Holding Corp., where he had been senior vice president and chief apparel officer since December 2003. Goodman will replace Bobbi Silten, who is stepping down in June. A year ago, Levi’s put Dockers on the selling block to raise money to pay down a chunk of the firm’s $2 billion debt. In October, the company called off the sale because no bids had been high enough. The U.S. Dockers brand posted gains during its most recent quarter, rising 3.8 percent in sales to $147.2 million. Operating income increased 33.3 percent to $33.4 million.
SCARPA HONORED: On Saturday, Roberta Scarpa received the Designer of the Year Award at Miami Fashion Week, which was held last Wednesday through Saturday. The Venetian-born designer, who presented 25 styles from her fall-winter collection that closed the fashion week, was given the award for her success as an entrepreneur and stylist. Scarpa is represented in New York by Attila at 552 Seventh Avenue, and the line is currently sold in 40 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Scarpa and her husband, Rinaldo Lorenzon, own Dressing, the Treviso, Italy-based firm that produces several international brands and generated $69 million in sales in 2004.
A-OK: The board of directors of the Fair Labor Association has accredited six participating companies’ compliance programs, signifying satisfactory completion of a three-year initial implementation period and a find by the FLA that each company is in substantial compliance with the association’s requirements to implement a rigorous workplace code of conduct in factories that make the company’s products. The firms are Adidas-Salomon, Eddie Bauer, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen and Reebok. “Collectively these companies are responsible for consumer products made in 2,800 factories in 62 countries. Each of them has worked hard to establish a workplace standards program that complies with FLA’s considerable requirements,” said Auret van Heerden, president and chief executive officer of FLA, in a statement.
This story first appeared in the May 17, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.