SAKS NAMES NEW COUNSEL: Saks Inc. named Michael Brizel executive vice president and general counsel. He will be based in New York and report to chief executive officer Stephen Sadove. Since selling off its department store units, Saks Inc. has been consolidating its Birmingham, Ala., offices into the Saks Fifth Avenue home offices in New York. Brizel will succeed Charles Hansen, who is based in Birmingham. Brizel previously worked at The Reader's Digest Association, General Foods Corp. and the law firm of Summit, Rovins and Feldesman.

MCARTHURGLEN APPOINTMENT: Tony Vasishta has joined McArthurGlen as international development director, effective April 16. Vasishta previously was development director at U.K.-based food retailer Tesco plc and also has held posts at Woolworths plc, TK Maxx and Boots Properties. He will report to Gary Bond, chief executive officer of McArthurGlen European Development Ltd., the development arm of McArthurGlen U.K. Ltd. McArthurGlen operates 16 designer outlet villages throughout Europe with another six in development. Brands operating stores in its centers include Armani, Ferragamo, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Prada and Puma.

FASHION AND CHARITY: Students at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y., are preparing to give their community a lesson in charity and using fashion to convey the message. They're staging a runway show at the school on April 12 featuring little black dresses, trendy jeans, yogawear, wigs and Mardi Gras masks, among other looks, to raise money for The Global Fund, a five-year-old organization that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. There will also be dance performances. Several local retailers are providing clothes for the show, including Hirshleifer's, Entrée, 36 North and Bluetique.

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