NEW EXEC AT JH COLLECTIBLES: Brad Saltzman has been named executive vice president, sales and marketing, for JH Collectibles, a new post.

Saltzman will be based in the company's New York showroom. He will be responsible for coordinating and directing JH Collectibles' sales and marketing strategies in department and specialty stores for the company's misses', petite and women's divisions.

Before joining JH Collectibles, Saltzman was vice president at Andrea Jovine. Prior to that, he was executive vice president for Semplice.

SEARLE'S SPORTSWEAR MESSAGE: After several years in the outerwear and knitwear retail business, Searle president Steve Blatt has decided to "dip a tiny toe into the big water" of sportswear and dress manufacturing.

"We think we need a little more exposure," said Blatt, who has five stores in New York under the Searle name. "We're starting out small and cautiously, selling the dresses to Bergdorf Goodman and the sportswear to Adele's in Pittsburgh and The Gazebo in Winston-Salem, N.C."

Blatt is designing the line, which will be called Searle and will be manufactured in the United States. The first delivery is scheduled for mid-August, and there will be new groups every month.

He noted that jackets will wholesale around $375, pants will be around $175 and dresses will be around $350. For the first season, colors are "very dark," including navy, brown tones, plum, neutrals and black. Fabrics will be mostly worsted wool and cashmere. He said he expects the line to do about $1 million during its first two seasons.

MATHE TAKES ON EP PRO: Lawrence Mathe, president and chief executive officer of Eastern Pacific Apparel Inc., which purchased the E.P. Pro and women's private label divisions from Crystal Brands Inc. last month, said he expects overall sales to hit $15 million in 1994.

Mathe, former president and chief executive of the Crystal Brands Womenswear division, which oversaw the operation of E.P. Pro and private label, and Stuart Warshaw, an apparel industry consultant, bought the two divisions in late May for $200,000. Warshaw is vice president and chief operating officer. Eastern Pacific was started for the purchase.

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