JOCKEY TAPS HUNTER: Donna Hunter has been named to the new post of vice president of merchandising for women’s intimates and bras at Jockey International.

She reports to Jim Noble, senior vice president of Jockey brand merchandising.

Hunter oversees all of Jockey’s women’s product development, including merchandising and sourcing. Reporting to Hunter will be Ann Ewing, senior designer of women’s intimates; Lynda Lund-Clappier, senior designer of bras, and two merchandising managers of intimates — Suzette Bilotti and Ualani Ho’opai.

Hunter was formerly director of global sourcing for intimate apparel, sleepwear and other products at Kmart. She joined Kmart in 1996 as a buyer for several product categories, including intimate apparel.

Hunter’s buying career began in 1982 at Mervyn’s. In 1988, she joined The Bon Marche as a buyer of foundations and shapewear. She was recruited to Charming Shoppes in 1992 as principal buyer of foundations. While at Charming Shoppes, she led the development of intimate apparel and bra lines from their inception to the finished product.

Noble said, "The diversified experience that Donna brings to Jockey will be invaluable to the growth of the brand. Her expertise in all apparel channels of distribution — department stores, specialty stores and discount stores — and her multifunctional merchandising capabilities, position her to meet the challenges of this industry."

LEIGH DOES NEIMAN’S: Young, contemporary designer Leigh Bantivoglio has created an exclusive collection of lingerie for Neiman Marcus. Named "Classic," it is now bowing in stores and features specially selected French Chantilly-lace stretch lace in three colors: ivory; black on black, and black on nude.

The Neiman Marcus Classic Collection offers Bantivoglio’s signature lined camisole with coordinating French-cut lace panties. Additionally, a new silhouette will be introduced: a lined V-neck lace top with a full-back treatment.

Neiman Marcus buyer Kate Dubas said, "Leigh’s camisoles are, to our fashion customer, like the perfect T-shirt. You can never have enough."

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