MOVING ONG: Club 21, the big fashion retailer and distributor owned by Christina Ong of Singapore, is rolling out Unity, a bridge collection of separates, with plans to wholesale it throughout Europe and the U.S. The 120-piece collection was introduced for fall 1994 in the Far East, and Club 21 is now selling it to Western stores out of its London showroom for spring 1996. The company operates the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, DKNY and Prada stores in London and also wholesales the Armani Jeans, Bagutta Jeans, Miu Miu and Industria collections in the UK.
UNDONE: Reports were circulating in France Wednesday that Sara Lee has pulled its offer to buy French lingerie and swimwear group Lejaby-Euralis. Sara Lee had signed a letter of intent in October announcing that it could purchase the French firm — which has sales of about $90 million — by late January. Executives from Sara Lee and Lejaby declined to comment on the breakup reports.
AU REVOIR: Long-time Nina Ricci executive Wladimir de Kousmine, the managing director of Parfums Nina Ricci and director of the Nina Ricci holding company, has retired from the couture and fragrance house after 50 years of service. De Kousmine, 74, has set up a private consulting firm and will continue to work with Ricci, he said from his home on Wednesday. He will continue to hold a small minority stake in Parfums Nina Ricci. De Kousmine said his decision to step down “wasn’t easy, but at my age it’s something you have to learn how to do.”