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NEW EXEC AT CHAUS: Bernard Chaus Inc. has named Jackie Muldowney, a former Dana Buchman executive, to vice president of merchandising. It is a new post.
In this position, Muldowney will oversee all aspects of product development and merchandising for the company’s four product lines.
As part of her responsibilities, Muldowney will work closely with Chaus’s design and sales and marketing.
She will report to Ivy Karkut, president of Bernard Chaus.
Muldowney, a 15-year apparel veteran, had been with Dana Buchman, where she had served as the director of merchandising for all of its divisions since 1996.
Prior to that, Muldowney worked as vice president of merchandising of Carole Little’s women’s business and as director of merchandising of Liz Claiborne’s Elisabeth division.
KIKIT NAMES PRESIDENT: After a hiatus of at least 15 years, Kikit, once a better contemporary knitwear label, is being relaunched this month as a moderate brand under its new owner, NAC Enterprises LLC. The company purchased Kikit’s portfolio of labels two years ago.
Sandra Price, who joined the firm last month as president of the division, a new post, will spearhead its growth. Price will report to Marc Setton, chief executive officer of NAC Enterprises. Setton was a principal in the now defunct Tropic-Tex International, which had owned the Halston brand in the late Nineties.
The portfolio includes Kikit, sweaters and knits; Kikit Studio by Maurice Sassoon, an updated related sportswear collection, and Kikit Sport, its casual counterpart.
The lines will be shipped to stores for fall and is projected to generate a wholesale volume of $30 million in 2001, Price said.
Prior to joining Kikit, Price spent 17 years as vice president of Victoria Jones, a moderate sweater division of Donnkenny.