• SPROUSE-ING UP DIESEL: People passing by Diesel’s Union Square store in Manhattan Friday morning can be excused if they think a particularly persistent graffiti artist has targeted the store. That’s because on Thursday evening artist Steven Sprouse, best known for his vibrant, street-inspired prints, will be installing an art piece that will completely cover the store’s windows, as well as portions of the inside. The work is entirely sanctioned by Diesel and to mark the occasion, that store, as well as some of the company’s other boutiques, will be stocking a limited collection of Sprouse-designed garments — one style each of women’s and men’s jeans, one style each of women’s and men’s T-shirts and a hat. The paint will stay up for about three weeks and Diesel is planning a party at the store to celebrate the new look on Friday night.

  • BYE-BYE BULEY: Beryl Buley, Kohl’s Corp.’s director of stores and an executive vice president, has resigned to pursue other interests, according to the Menomonee Falls, Wisc.-based retail chain Monday. The store operations group will report to chief executive officer Larry Montgomery on an interim basis.

  • RED TAG: Following the success of its stretch waistband product partnership with Dockers, trim vendor Tag-It Pacific Inc. said it has signed a letter of intent with Levi Strauss & Co. to develop additional waistband applications for the jeans giant’s lines. The partners created samples using Tag-It’s TekFit technology on the men’s line, taking rigid denim and adding stretch to the waistband for an extra inch of space. Next up is consumer testing, then an eventual rollout to women’s, according to Herman Roup, president of the TekFit division. Starting with last spring, Levi shipped its Dockers’ Individual Fit Waistband pants for men and women that were developed with the TekFit technology. Tag-It also opened a lab in Santa Barbara last week to service the growing TekFit division. The 2,000-square-foot facility will eventually employ up to five technicians to oversee product testing.

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