POLO SWITCH: Polo Ralph Lauren will move all of its advertising operations in-house beginning April 1, a spokeswoman said Monday. The company will sever its longtime relationship with advertising agency Carlson & Partners, whose founder, the late Sandy Carlson, had worked with Lauren at various agencies since 1979. Carlson died last March. David Lauren, the company’s senior vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications, will continue to oversee Polo’s advertising operations. A representative for Carlson could not be reached for comment, although the decision appeared to take the firm by surprise. The agency’s Ralph Lauren Group president, Jo Levin, left an outgoing message on her voice mail Monday morning saying she would be on a shoot for Ralph Lauren all this week.

THE DEAN OF DONNA: Former Bergdorf Goodman group manager Dean Taylor is moving uptown — having landed a position as general manager of the Donna Karan Collection store on Madison Avenue, reporting to Heather Bohs, director of stores. Making the transition to the vendor side, he’ll be turning up at a few shows this week. “It’s quite a showcase, I must say,” said Taylor, standing in the Zen garden in the back of Karan’s flagship.

KELLWOOD TAPS TWO: Kellwood Co. has named two executives to newly created posts in its Dorby Group division. Catharine Bandel was named president of Miss Dorby and nine2nine, both dress lines within the division, and Rochelle Krueger was named vice president of sales and marketing of the Dorby and Hipnotix labels, according to Richard Weissman, chief executive officer of The Dorby Group. In her new role, Bandel will be responsible for the strategy, growth and development of these brands. Prior to Kellwood, she served as president of Leslie Fay Dress and the Warren Group. Krueger joins Kellwood to help build the Dorby and Hipnotix brands in the junior dress business. Most recently, she served as vice president of sales for Intertex apparel. Prior to that, she was president of sales and marketing for Mandieco, an affiliate of Maggy London Ltd. Based in New York, Krueger and Bandel both report to Weissman.

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