NEW YORK — Kellwood Co. announced Wednesday that it will absorb its innerwear units into the Kellwood Lingerie/Activewear division.
This confirms a report in these columns Monday that the corporation was planning to restructure its intimate apparel operations.
Charles T. Rumbley, president of the Lingerie/Activewear division, said two sleepwear divisions will be downsized into one.
Rumbley said the restructuring has occurred to “make a better presence at retail and build on brand franchise.”
“There are no plans at this time to downsize employees,” he said.
Rumbley said the new sleepwear unit will be headed by Morton Turndorf and Susan Feldman, the management team of L.A. Intimates. Kellwood acquired L.A. Intimates in 1993, a five-year-old maker of daywear and foundations. Absorbed into the new sleepwear unit will be the Ilise Stevens brand, which had operated independently, and the newly created Time Line label, as well as private label.
Crowntuft Manufacturing Corp., a vertical manufacturing and marketing operation acquired by Kellwood in 1989, will become part of the Lingerie/Activewear division. Focusing on private label robes, beach coverups and loungewear, and Stan Herman loungewear, Gabriel Hakim Sr. will continue to direct sales and merchandising.
Linda Wasserman, vice president, continues to direct the daywear and panties unit, which includes private label and the licensed line of Breathables by Gilda Marx panties.
Wayne Anderson, vice president of activewear, continues to head this unit, which is major producer of private label activewear for men, women and children.
McComb Mill, a producer of tricot and polyester for Kellwood and other apparel firms, continues to operate as an independent unit.
All five businesses report to Rumbley.