GIVING WARMTH: Some companies tend to the expensive, slick and complicated when it comes to public relations stunts. Then there’s Weatherproof, which has a penchant for puns, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that simplicity and, in the latest case, altruism when it comes to its p.r. strategy. The privately held concern is partnering with New York Cares this month to present Coats for Clunkers, a program in which consumers receive a $100 voucher toward a new Weatherproof coat when they donate a used coat to New York Cares’ annual coat drive.

Coats will be collected at Penn Station in the Amtrak Rotunda for three days starting Dec. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Recipients can use their vouchers by logging on to, where three men’s coats and three women’s coats will be available. The campaign will be supported with advertisements in outdoor and print media in the New York City market. Separately, the company has committed to donating an additional 6,000 new coats to the New York Cares annual drive, which distributes winter coats to the city’s homeless. — Brenner Thomas

This story first appeared in the December 7, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

MAIL CALL: Rue du Mail is not only the name of Martine Sitbon’s collection — it’s also fast becoming a hot street for fashion businesses in Paris. American public relations firm KCD, which opened a Paris branch in 2000, just moved to much bigger, loftlike digs at number 13, joining an area that already boasts offices for Vivienne Westwood and Staff International, plus the fashion canteen Chez Georges. The new space includes separate showrooms for clothing and accessories and offers the opportunity to hold digital presentations or fashion shows. KCD’s new clients in Europe include Pringle of Scotland, Dunhill and Balmain and Marc Jacobs men’s wear, joining a roster that includes Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Jimmy Choo, Gap and Isabel Marant. — Miles Socha

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