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LOBBYING EFFORT: Dominique Jacomet, the executive vice president of the Devanlay and Indreco French apparel groups, has been elected chairman of Euratex, a pan-European lobbying group for the apparel and textile trades, based in Brussels. He succeeds Klaus Steilmann, who resigned at the end of last year.
Euratex was founded last year and first acted as the coordinator of three major European trade associations.
Among other dockets, Euratex helped plow the way for an agreement earlier this month opening India up to European apparel exports.

GO, IRISH: Irish designer Paul Costelloe is gearing up for a big retail drive. Costelloe opened a 1,600-square-foot flagship store in London’s Brompton Road last fall and has since added four other franchised stores in the U.K. of 500 square feet and up. He expects to open at least seven franchises this year, including his first store in Paris.
Costelloe is targeting other overseas markets, including the Far East and Mideast, and eventually the U.S. The stores showcase the designer’s Paul Costelloe Collection and the less expensive Dressage line. They are also a base on which to build wholesale sales, company officials said, adding that the designer currently has agents in France and Norway and is looking to add more in other European countries.
Costelloe plans to have 50 stores worldwide in the next few years. His labels post annual worldwide retail volume of about $23.4 million (15 million pounds).

WINDOW SHOPPING: Paris is getting a heavy dose of new fashion store openings. This week, designers Gilles Rosier and Claude Sabbah, the duo behind GR 816, opened their first freestanding store on Rue Bleue in the 9th Arondissement. Also, Wsn, the streetwear store and outgrowth of the Who’s Next trade show, recently opened on Rue Argout, near the Marais. The store is 13,000 square feet and sells brands as diverse as Stussy, Cyberdog and Paul Smith Jeans.
Meanwhile, Jean Colonna is getting his first store ready for a February debut. Colonna, however, has decided on a superette style layout: The 2,200-square-foot store will have a bag check, and turnstiles at the entrance, along with central cash registers for payment. Also next month, Genny will open a store on Avenue Montaigne.

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