KARAN MOVES: Anjali Lewis, formerly vice president of global marketing and communications at Donna Karan International, has been promoted to senior vice president. In addition, Aliza Licht, former senior public relations director, has been elevated to the new post of vice president of global public relations. Licht continues to report to Lewis, who reports to Patti Cohen, executive vice president of global marketing and communications at DKI.

KOREAN GROWTH: The booming Korean apparel manufacturing community in Los Angeles continues to grow. A building dedicated to showroom and office space is scheduled to open May 1 at 600 East Washington Boulevard. Called the GS Mart or the Garment Supply Wholesale Mart, the 120,000-square-foot structure will offer between 500 and 1,000 showrooms, according to real estate agent Edward Lee. Unlike the apparel-focused San Pedro Wholesale Mart down the street, the two-story GS Mart will pursue vendor supplier tenants, like those who work in trims, fabrics and accessories, along with service providers. “Sounds like it won’t be competition to us,” said Kee Kwon, property manager of the San Pedro Wholesale Mart, which is fully occupied with a waiting list. “Suppliers have been scattered in this industry, so this may help.” The GS Mart, a venture by Los Angeles-based Diamond’s Apparel owner Young Joo, is about 15 percent leased, Lee said.

ADIDAS SPONSORSHIP: While Adidas America is ending its sponsorship deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee, parent company Adidas-Salomon AG said Wednesday it was named an official sponsor of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Under the agreement with the organizing committee for the Olympic Games, Adidas will provide uniforms for the Olympic workforce, including all volunteers and the Olympic staff, as well as uniforms for volunteers and athletes in the torch relay. Adidas also currently outfits 21 national Olympic teams, including Germany, France and Cuba, and works with individual athletes.

SHOW ME STORE: Belk Inc., the nation’s largest privately held department store company, will make its debut in the Missouri market with the opening of a store in Branson in spring of 2006. The Charlotte, N.C.-based retailer said the store, to be located at Branson Landing, pending the negotiation and signing of a final lease, will offer leading brands of fashion apparel, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and home goods, as well as exclusive Belk private brands. With 66,000-square-feet of space, the Branson location will be about 10 percent larger than the average Belk store.

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