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WELLMORE NO MORE: After 23 years in business, Wellmore has closed its doors. For the past 10 years, the bridge knitwear firm was sold under the Don Sayres for Wellmore label.
Sayres said last week the firm’s principal, Eric Liao, decided to pursue other interests after shipping the fall season. The firm’s showroom at 530 Seventh Avenue in New York and factory in the Flushing section of Queens have closed.
Wellmore was started by Liao’s father, Charles, as a domestic knit resource, and was designed by Pat Sandler before Sayres’s tenure. Liao could not be reached for comment.
Sayres said at its peak the company had a volume of about $12 million, but that had been cut in half in recent years. Key accounts were Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Jacobson’s.
Sayres, who had his own ready-to-wear line prior to joining Wellmore, said he was in talks with several interested parties about designing a new collection.

GREENE’S NEW CD: Eveningwear designer CD Greene has launched CDG by CD Greene, a line of separates for late day and evening based on his 10-year-old signature collection.
CDG includes stretch tulle sheathes and separates that are lightly embellished with Swarovski crystals, priced from $90 to $450 wholesale. The first- year projection for the launch is $250,000. Greene’s signature line wholesales from $500 to $5,000 and includes dinner suits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns.
CDG will be carried by sales representative Leslie Trent at the Leslie T. showroom at 231 West 39th Street in New York.

SANYO’S CAMPAIGN: Sanyo Outerwear redesigned its print ad campaign for fall based on the slogan, “Rainwear/ Anywhere,” the company used in its last campaign about two years ago.
The new ads show looks designed by Stephen DiGeronimo, who became Sanyo’s design director this year. The campaign shows a couple embracing underwater while wearing Sanyo coats and was developed by DCA Advertising.
The ads broke in the September issues of Vogue and GQ and will appear in the October Vanity Fair and on buses in New York next month.

MILLER’S Y KNOT: Nicole Miller has designed a print depicting the history of the YMCA of Greater New York in honor of its 50th anniversary, to be celebrated in 2002. The design will be unveiled at a benefit tonight at Miller’s SoHo store in New York.
The print, which features YMCA landmark buildings, its founders and sporting paraphernalia, will be used on ties and scarves available at Miller’s store and at New York YMCAs. Proceeds go to the organization.

HATCHING PLANS: Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce plan to open the Brooklyn Mills Garment Manufacturing Incubator on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
The event is set to mark the completion of construction on the incubator in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The 27,000-square-foot center is expected to house six tenants with technical support staff and is designed to provide small garment manufacturers with affordable space and reduced energy costs and taxes.
Four companies had signed up to participate in the project at press time, but their identities were not released.
The borough president’s office allocated $718,000 in the capital budget for the renovation of the space, which will be managed by the Chamber of Commerce. The project was first proposed in a study of Brooklyn’s garment industry issued by Golden in 1997.

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