LEVI DEBT BUYBACK: Levi Strauss & Co. on Monday opened a cash offer to buy back its roughly $207 million in outstanding 6.8 percent senior notes due this year. The offer for the notes, which are due Nov. 1, runs through May 7. The San Francisco-based company is offering $1,024.24 for each $1,000 worth of notes tendered, plus unpaid interest. Credit Suisse First Boston is managing the offer.

CLO’S NEW ROLE: Jimmy Choo has decided to take its U.S. public relations activities in-house and has named Clo Jacobs as public relations director, U.S.Previously, those activities were handled by p.r. firm Harrison & Shriftman. Before joining Choo, Jacobs spent seven years with Gucci in London and handled p.r. for accessories and sponsorship events.She reports to Tamara Mellon, company founder and president, and Tara Ffrench Mullen, international public relations director, both of whom are based in London.

RETAIL FORWARD TAKES FIVE: Five veteran retail consultants have joined Columbus, Ohio-based Retail Forward as senior vice presidents: Thomas Murnane, Diane Hamilton, Peter Weil, Jill Fleming and Nancy Lee. Most recently, Murnane was global director of marketing and brand management for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting; he retired as a PwC partner last year. Prior to joining Retail Forward, Hamilton was a managing director in the PwC retail strategy practice; Weil was a director inPwC’s retail strategy practice; Fleming was a partner in management consultant Net Results, and Lee was vice president, corporate strategy, at Gap Inc.

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