IN THE MIDDLE

NEW AT KELLWOOD: Carla Slocum, former vice president in product development and design at Liz Claiborne Inc., has joined Kellwood New England, a unit of Kellwood Co., as vice president of design and merchandising for the Emme and Bill Burns groups.
Based in New York, she will report to Jeffrey Aschkenes, president of Kellwood New England. A 25-year industry veteran, Slocum has held various executive management positions in merchandising and brand development at Brooks Bros., Federated Merchandising Corp., Guess Inc., and Saks Fifth Avenue.

TOMMY BAHAMA EXECS HONORED: Tommy Bahama received the Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award recently in recognition for the firm’s outstanding business accomplishments. TB President Tony Margolis and Bob Emfield, vice president of marketing, accepted the honor at an event that benefited the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center and Childhelp USA. It raised more than $2.5 million for the cause. Other individuals honored included Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Curt Schilling and Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

RHODE ISLAND FASHION: The Rhode Island School of Design Department of Apparel’s annual fashion show “Collection 2002,” set for May 25, has drawn upon former students who are now working as designers to serve as guest critics. The panel of critics included: Donna Bouchard, a designer for Kellwood Co.; Old Navy designer Charles Keller, and Karen Young, an independent costume and textiles designer. Designer Eric Gaskin also served on the panel, but did not attend the Rhode Island school.

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