FLYING ON LINE: American Eagle Outfitters, a specialty retailer of casual clothing based in Warrendale, Pa., plans to start an on-line catalog in mid-October.
According to Michael Cortazzo, director of store operations, the Web site will offer some items sold at the company’s 330-plus retail outlets and possibly some special new items sold only on the Web.
The retailer has been promoting the introduction of its Web site,, in its retail outlets since August. American Eagle refers to the Web site as the “AE Diner – Open 24 hours.” Run/Walk will be integrated into the series DuPont

ON-LINE DEAL: Vans, a Santa Fe-based maker and retailer of active-casual footwear and apparel, has acquired a minority interest in The Zone Network, which publishes the outdoor sports on-line magazine The Mountain Zone.
With a focus on two of Vans’ key markets, mountain biking and snow boarding, The Mountain Zone ( could help the company better reach its target audience of 10-to-24-year-olds.
Also in the deal, the two firms will link their Web sites and Mountain Zone will assist Vans in better developing its own site.