NEW YORK — Now that the Calvin Klein, CK and DKNY outerwear licenses are in play with the apparent demise of the venerable Fairbrooke Enterprises coat firm, industry sources are buzzing about who will seize the names, as well as the importance of licensing in general.

The fallout from Fairbrooke and other developments also is signaling a new round of consolidation in the sector, which has shrunk considerably in the last decade or so by attrition and through mergers and acquisitions. Several warm winters in the late 1990s also did many companies in.

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