TRINA'S TURF: Trina Turk is expanding her retail empire next month with a new home furnishings store in Palm Springs, Calif., called The Pillow Shop, and another clothing boutique late next year at Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach, Calif. The two units will add to Turk's current roster of three self-branded stores in Palm Springs, Los Angeles and New York, as well as an outlet in Alhambra, Calif., where the contemporary label is based. The Pillow Shop will offer the designer's own products, as well as other labels' wares, such as beach towels from Missoni.
— Khanh T.L. Tran

LUCKY NIGHT: Liz Claiborne chief executive officer William L. McComb disclosed Lucky's future blueprint for kids last Friday during the Lucky Brand Foundation's 11th annual Black Tie Blue Jean Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. McComb said: "The kids brand is going to get bigger, [with a] richer assortment of accessories, meeting the consumers' interest in a broader range of tops and even more fashion than the denim line." However, denim was still part of the night's dress code. Continuing a tradition, men wore tuxedo jackets over jeans to reflect the Sixties rocker vibe of the party. Barry Perlman, half of the Lucky duo along with Bongo creator Gene Montesano, said, "It's been that way since the beginning of time. Keep it casual." The foundation was serious about charities, donating a half-million dollars to Inflammatory Bowel Disease research for children. — Diana Ryu

Setting his sights beyond Ed Hardy, Smet and his eponymous line, Christian Audigier purchased the trademark for Paco Chicano for $2 million to become the new father figure of the Barcelona-based brand. Created in the Eighties by brothers Franck and Gilbert Ros, Paco Chicano offers colorful and gypsy-influenced designs that target more of a female audience. Boosted by hopes that Paco Chicano will serve as the missing link to women and Hispanic shoppers, L.A.-based Audigier said the Ros brothers will remain the creative forces behind the brand while he leads the marketing push. Audigier said he intends to sell Paco Chicano at Fred Segal, M. Fredric and Bloomingdale's, among other retailers that carry his current lines. "This is a very good niche for me," Audigier said. "There is a lot of room in this [Hispanic] market and I haven't really touched it yet." — Rachel Rees

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