TAM’S LAPOLICE LEAVING TO START NEW VENTURE

Byline: Eric Wilson

NEW YORK — Christopher LaPolice, who joined Vivienne Tam as president of sales and merchandising in September, has left the company to start a new apparel venture with former Laundry by Shelli Segal president Rea Laccone.
LaPolice, who is best known for his role in developing the Laundry business, where he was vice president of sales, prior to its 1999 acquisition by Liz Claiborne Inc., was president of sportswear at Tahari for two years before joining Vivienne Tam.
Reached by phone, LaPolice said his departure from Tam, where he was working on the launch of a casual denim-based sportswear line, was amicable. Tam could not be reached for comment, although a spokeswoman for the designer said the sales position has not been filled.
He plans to reunite with Laccone to start a new company as a division of John Paul Richard, a moderate sportswear maker based in Calabasas, Calif. Laccone left Laundry after the deal closed with Claiborne. LaPolice would not release details of the line, other than that the duo plan to launch the collection next year.
John Paul Richard produces Uniform by John Paul Richard and Studio JPR, a lower-priced line. It also merged with Indigenous Group earlier this year.

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