RUSSELL ATHLETIC PRESIDENT: Doug Kelly has been named president of Russell Athletic, succeeding Calvin Johnston, who left the company. Kelly will be responsible for Russell's retail, team sports, college bookstore and licensed products businesses, as well as the Bike and Discus Athletic brands. Most recently, Kelly was president and chief executive officer of Imperial Home Decor Group Inc. and Unibic North America Inc. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of Pro Player Sports Apparel and has held posts at Easton Sports Inc. and Converse Inc. Based in Atlanta, Kelly reports to John Holland, chairman and ceo.
OGDEN RESTRUCTURES: Jessica Ogden, the London-based designer who launched her label in 1993, has suspended her ready-to-wear line after restructuring her business and closing her studio. The decision follows problems with Ogden's production, which is based in India, and the theft of part of her collection from her studio in November. The designer, who is known for girlish, craft-influenced designs, did not show at London Fashion Week this season, and her fall collection was not delivered to retailers, who had been previously informed. However, a spokesman for Ogden said the designer is in talks with potential investors to relaunch her collection, possibly at slightly lower price points. Ogden will continue to design a collection for Fred Perry's Blank Canvas range, alongside her Madras line for APC.
ACTIVE MOVES: Adidas AG, the German sportswear firm, will open its biggest store ever, in Paris, this October. To be located on the Champs-Elysées, the store will measure nearly 19,000 square feet and be near Zara, Louis Vuitton and Cartier. Nike, Adidas' main rival, opened its French flagship at 67 Avenue des Champs-Elysées earlier this year.
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