LADY LYNNE CLOSES DOORS: Lady Lynne, a 55-year-old maker of fashion daywear, closed its showroom doors at 1 East 33rd St. here Friday.
Steve Aranoff, president, said, "The thrust of our business had always been stores interested in new fashion items, but there are a lot less stores now, and we didn't get the growth in sales we had expected for the past 14 months."
Aranoff, who ran his family-owned firm with his son, Eddie Aranoff, who was sales manager, said final deliveries were shipped last Friday for Valentine's Day selling.
The Lady Lynne line of daywear was sold to smaller specialty shops and department stores. The firm had also produced the Guy Laroche line of daywear for nine years. The license was discontinued last year, said Aranoff.
Aranoff said Tuesday that it was still uncertain whether he will file Chapter 7 for his company or make other arrangements with creditors.
Lady Lynne was founded in 1938 by Steve Aranoff's father, Morris Aranoff.
MOVING AROUND: Paul R. Cohen has been named vice president of U.S. field sales at Playtex Apparel. He succeeds Maurice Reznik, who has been named vice president of the Warner's division at Warnaco Group, a new post.
Before joining Playtex, Cohen was president of Warnaco's licensed Fruit of the Loom bra and Warner's private label divisions.
Mark Ryan, who had been vice president of marketing and sales for Warner's private label, succeeds Cohen.
Reznik now reports to Larry Karp, president of Warner's. Regional sales vice presidents Sid Greenfield, Jerry O'Keefe and Fred Olson, who had been reporting to Karp, will report to Reznik.
At Playtex, Cohen reports to Lee A. Chaden, president of the U.S. and WestFar divisions.
VANITY FAIR TAPS DENNIS: Tommy Dennis has been named to the new post of vice president of private label at Vanity Fair Mills. Dennis was a director of Vanity Fair private label for three years.
In other moves at Vanity Fair private label, Alberta Myers and Camille Block, both formerly merchandise managers of product development, have been promoted to directors. Myers will continue to be responsible for bras and shapewear, and Block will continue directing the daywear, sleepwear and robes segment.Dennis, Myers and Block continue to report to Janet Peters, a VF corporate vice president who oversees private label innerwear.
KELLWOOD BUYS TWO NAMES: Kellwood Co. has acquired the trademarks for the intimate apparel labels Intimate Concepts by Terry Russo and TRtoo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Both names are the creation of Terry Russo, who has been in the industry for 25 years. Russo has designed for Lily of France, Victoria's Secret, Gilead and Gossard. Annual volume for the two sleepwear lines combined is about $4 million. In addition, Russo has joined Kellwood as vice president of Intimate Concepts, which will become a business unit of Kellwood's Crowntuft Manufacturing division. She will report to Gabriel N. Hakim Sr., president of Crowntuft.
Hakim noted that sales volume for the Intimate Concepts and TRtoo lines is expected to double over the next two years through EDI and Crowntuft's established retail base.
The Intimate Concepts and TRtoo lines will continue to be shown at the Intimate Concepts showroom here at 180 Madison Ave.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye