– MORE DEPARTURES AT KELLWOOD, LIZ: Executives continue to exit Kellwood Co. and Liz Claiborne Inc. At Kellwood, James Weinberg, group president of Kellwood’s Designer Alliance, resigned to take over as head of apparel at Burlington Coat Factory. Daniel L. Karpel, vice president controller, also is leaving the company. At Claiborne, Fritz Winans, managing director of Asia development, is exiting the firm to pursue other interests, according to a Claiborne spokeswoman. Winans had been at Claiborne for about 13 years. Before he was promoted to head of Claiborne’s Hong Kong-based sourcing in 2005, Winans served as group president of Liz Claiborne Inc.’s better and moderate divisions.
– PERRY ELLIS EARNINGS DECLINE: For the first quarter ended April 30, Perry Ellis International Inc. saw a 4 percent dip in earnings on revenues that edged up 7 percent, due partially to expenses related to the acquisition of Laundry and C&C California. Earnings slid to $9.1 million, or 60 cents a diluted share, from $9.5 million, or 60 cents, in the first quarter last year. Sales for the quarter were $237.8 million, up from $222.6 million.
– CHEROKEE SIGNS DAVID RODRIGUEZ: Cherokee Inc., the Van Nuys, Calif.-based licensor and global brand management company, said it signed an agreement to represent designer David Rodriguez exclusively for direct licensing deals with retailers. Cherokee said the deal encompasses apparel, footwear and accessories that could be sold at department stores as well as retailers on the mass and midtier level in the U.S. In addition to owning Cherokee, Sideout and Carole Little, Cherokee represents costume designer Kate Adair in licensing deals.
– LEONE TO GILT GROUPE: Fresh from coordinating the Costume Institute gala, Christian Leone, vice president of public relations for Giorgio Armani North America, will leave his post on Friday to become vice president of marketing and communications for Gilt Groupe. It is a newly created position at the company, which runs a luxury-based sample sale Web site. Leone starts June 2 and will report to chief executive officer and co-founder Alexis Maybank.