NEWSREEL

NEW AT VITTADINI: Brad Saltzman has been named executive vice president of sales/marketing at Adrienne Vittadini Inc. He had been vice president of sales at Andrea Jovine in the sportswear and dress division since 1991. At Vittadini, Saltzman, who reports to vice chairman Gianluigi Vittadini, succeeds Jody Austin. Austin joined Banana Republic, San Francisco, as vice president-women’s merchandising, a new post.

MARIEA KIM RETURNS: Mariea Kim, a better-price knitwear company that closed three years ago after an earthquake in the Philippines destroyed its production facilities, has reopened. The company, whose knit collection carries the name of its designer, consists of knit skirts, tops and dresses. It will begin shipping to stores in early November.
In the intervening years, Kim, who is president of the company, had been freelancing.
The company, financed by J.C. Ku & Co., New York, is at 1407 Broadway, New York. Herb Kaufman, formerly a principal of the Great Pant Co. and most recently a private label consultant, will be vice president of sales.

FASHION VISION: The Manhattan Chapter of Fight for Sight Inc., a nonprofit organization supporting vision research, got a lift from fashion at its recent annual benefit luncheon at Le Grand Salon of the Essex House in New York. The event, which featured a fashion show for the first time, raised slightly more than $19,000 for the organization. According to Jeff Goldsmith, associate director of Fight for Sight, the event was “probably one of our most successful luncheons to date.” The show was staged by Inez Baron, owner of the Inez boutique in Cedarhurst, N.Y., and featured designs from Iceberg, Nanci, Anna B. Louise, Carolina Herrera, Pamela Dennis and hats by Valentina Firenze.

SILVER TO THE HILFIGER BOARD: Tommy Hilfiger Corp. has named Clinton V. Silver to the board of directors, effective Aug. 1. Silver was with Marks & Spencer, a London-based retailer for 42 years, most recently as joint managing director.

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