FOG ROLLS OUT OF GEORGIA: London Fog Industries will close its distribution center in Washington, Ga., by the end of February. The Darien, Conn.-based rainwear and outerwear maker, which operates four other distribution facilities across the country, said most of the products processed through the Georgia plant will be handled through the distribution center in Eldersburg, Md.
Edward L. Frey, executive vice president of operations at London Fog, said the Georgia site, which has 30 full-time employees, has been operating “without modern equipment in an outdated facility.” Frey said the company is working with the local community to try to find jobs for the displaced workers.
AUGUSTUS PROMOTES SCHLANSKY: Augustus Clothiers has named Arnold Schlansky vice president of the women’s division, a new post. Schlansky, who has been in sales with Augustus for eight years, will oversee sales and marketing for the New York firm’s suits, dresses and separates lines.
He reports to Chuck Krieger, president of Augustus, and Krieger’s sister, Nella Hahn, president of the women’s division. The family-owned business operates separate women’s and men’s divisions and is participating with Norma Kamali in a joint venture for a new suit line. The company also does an extensive private label and contract work at its factory in Brooklyn.
MISTY HARBOR, HEAD TO TOE: Now Misty Harbor, which made its name in rainwear, wants to keep consumers’ feet dry and warm.
Misty Harbor Properties has signed a licensing agreement with Premier Footwear Corp. to produce women’s, men’s and children’s footwear under the Misty Harbor brand.
Targeted at department stores, the new outdoor-influenced collections will include casual hikers, duck boots and other lifetsyle footwear. The lines will premier at next month’s FFANY show for fall 1995 delivery. The collections will also be sold through the Premier Footwear showroom, 370 Sixth Ave., New York.
William Baum, vice president of marketing for Misty Harbor Properties, said the new license is part of the continued expansion of the brand into new categories. Misty Harbor products will generate about $100 million at retail this year, Baum said.
Other licenses are with Essex Manufacturing for rainwear and umbrellas, Amerex for women’s outerwear and coats, J.R.B. Enterprises for children’s outerwear and girl’s swimwear, and Crossroads for women’s totes and umbrellas. Baum said he is in discussions for a women’s casual, moderate-price sportswear license.
WETZLER’S NEW ROLE: Richard Wetzler has joined Jeannene Booher Ltd., New York, as vice president and national sales manager. He succeeds Carol Kalikow, who went on maternity leave in late September. The company said it is uncertain whether Kalikow would return to work.
Most recently, Wetzler was sales director at Sully Bonnelly, a ready-to-wear resource. Prior to that, he was vice president and sales director at Constance Saunders, a dress and suit division of Dépêche Mode.