KERRIGAN, HILFIGER PART WAYS

Byline: Eric Wilson

NEW YORK — Daryl Kerrigan won’t be continuing her year-old consulting contract with Tommy Hilfiger in order to focus her full energies on her own collections.
A spokesman for Pegasus Apparel Group, which acquired the Daryl K business last year, confirmed that Kerrigan would not renew her deal with Hilfiger, but would not comment further.
Kerrigan signed on with Tommy Hilfiger Corp. last January as a creative consultant for all its women’s products, including sportswear, jeans, juniors and accessories, beginning with its spring-2001 collections. At the time, both parties said they expected the consulting relationship to be a long-term deal, but Kerrigan struck a deal with Pegasus, which also owns Miguel Adrover and Pamela Dennis. This enabled the designer to realize the financing she desired to build her Daryl K and K-189 collections into more formidable businesses.
“Daryl’s creative talent has been very beneficial for the Tommy Hilfiger women’s business,” Hilfiger said. “We understand her company is growing and therefore the demands on Daryl’s time are greater than expected. We will continue a relationship, however the contract will not be renewed.”
Kerrigan’s business was acquired by Pegasus in April. But plans to bring in new management and ramp up its men’s wear collections have since faced some setbacks.
Mary Wang, who was named president of its women’s wear division in May, left in September to become president of Coach’s wholesale business. George Ackerman, who initially was hired as president of men’s and became president of the entire division upon Wang’s departure, left in November to become president and chief operating officer of the CK Apparel Corp. business unit of Calvin Klein.

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