NO FRENCH SHOW: Lingerie Americas, the French-owned-and-operated intimate apparel trade show in the U.S., has canceled its November fair in New York.

The trade show, which is backed by such Paris-based powerhouses as Promincor, France Ligne and Defi, the government-sponsored force behind the label La Mode de France, was to have been staged at the Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building during the transitional-early fall market.

Contacted at the Lingerie Americas offices in Cos Cob, Conn., Jean-Luc Tienturier, chief operating officer, said there was a “simple reason” for the cancellation.

“We did a survey and 80 percent of the people surveyed told us November is a small market and it’s too late in the season,” said Tienturier. “Clearly, it’s a showroom market, not a trade show market. We are here to serve the needs of the market and not to sell square footage.”

Tienturier said the group will continue to stage the trade fair twice a year, the first show in August and the second in March. The fair made its debut in the U.S. market last August.

“We are planning a fashion show at the August edition,” he said.

PACCIONE EXIT SEARS: Diane Paccione, vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s apparel and intimate apparel at Sears Roebuck & Co., left the company Thursday, said a spokeswoman for Sears.

Paccione could not be reached Friday, and a successor has not been named.

“For the interim, Jeff Elliott, divisional merchandise manager of juniors and dresses, will provide day-to-day support and direction for the ready-to-wear organization,” said the spokeswoman.

Paccione’s exit follows a “reshaping” of the team headed by Mindy Meads, executive vice president of apparel, according to Sears.

Paccione joined Sears in September 1996 as gmm of intimate apparel. She was named vice president and gmm of rtw in September 1999. In this role, she was responsible for special sizes in sportswear, juniors, maternity, outerwear, dresses and misses’ apparel. In August, the Sears intimate apparel division was restored to her responsibilities.

Paccione is a veteran of intimate apparel retailing, who started in sales at Bloomingdale’s in 1976. While working part-time through college, she was fond of saying she was hit by the “retail bug.” She spent much of her career at May Merchandising Co., the buying arm of The May Department Stores Co., based in St. Louis. She joined May in 1980 as an assistant market representative and rose through the ranks to her most recent job.

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