HIGH ALERT: Following a Federal Bureau of Investigation warning that a terrorist attack might take place at a shopping center or supermarket in the U.S., malls nationwide continue to be on high alert, as they’ve largely been since Sept. 11, but have not stepped up security measures further at this point. A spokeswoman for Taubman Centers, which owns or manages 30 shopping centers in 13 states, said “all of the procedures that we put in place after Sept. 11 are all still in effect. We continue to have strict access controls in sensitive areas.” Simon Property Group, another manager of shopping centers around the country, has also been on heightened alert since Sept. 11. A spokeswoman said: “We remain in contact with FBI offices and other local law enforcement. Should we be encouraged to deviate from our existing security measures, we would certainly cooperate.”
KELLWOOD UNIT HEAD: Karen Pirritt has been named president of the Bill Burns, Burns and Kellwood New England private label businesses. Based in New York, she reports to Jeffrey Aschkenes, president Kellwood New England. Before joining Kellwood, Pirritt was vice president and general manager for the casual sportswear division of Liz Claiborne Inc., and has held sales and marketing management posts at Emanuel, Ellen Tracy, Tahari and Albert Nipon. Besides the private label and Burns brands, Kellwood New England includes such better-to-bridge labels as Emme, David Brooks and Northern Isles.
CARTIER BREAK-IN: Cartier said burglars broke into its boutique at 828 Madison Avenue at 3:20 a.m. Thursday. The thieves broke windows on the store’s 69th Street side and took merchandise valued at almost $8,000. At press time, a spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department said no arrests had been made and that the investigation was continuing.
JUSTICE, WITH AN EYE: Fashion TV Paris, a 24-hour, seven-day television network, earlier this month prevailed over Chum Ltd., a Canadian conglomerate, when a federal district court judge in Manhattan ruled Chum’s 1998 suit over use of the “Fashion Television” name was without merit. The judge said that Chum planned a journalistic approach, distinct from Fashion TV’s focus on runway fashion shows. Chum lost a similar lawsuit against Fashion TV in France three years ago. In a separate development, Modelflat, a reality TV show in which six models in Milan interact with celebrities and designers, will launch next month on Fashion TV Paris. Every two weeks, viewers will vote out two models as others are voted in.