GARFIELD EXITS FIRM, PLANS CHARITY WORK

NEW YORK — Designer Alex Garfield, whose motto is “giving back is always in style,” is leaving the management of the better and bridge sportswear firm he founded in 1993 to concentrate on philanthropic efforts.
Garfield said he would remain on the board of Garfield & Marks Design Group, which produces and distributes the Garfield & Marx, Womyn, Kenar and Plein Air collections. Jo Ann Langer remains president and chief executive officer.
Last fall, Garfield participated in a two-week, 16-city tour promoting “Dress for Success,” an organization that prepares underprivileged women to enter the workforce.
He plans to continue working with that charity, as well as with the American Cancer Society, and challenge other apparel companies to increase their charitable donations.
“If every company were to dedicate just a portion of their advertising budgets to cause-related marketing, those companies can make a huge difference,” he said.