LEG BEAT

BY THE BAY: Union Bay, a division of Seattle Pacific Industries, has signed a licensing deal with Great American Knitting mills to produce a line of socks for juniors, men and children. The collection will be shipped to stores for spring 2001.
The items for juniors and girls will feature athletic styles, according to a union Bay spokeswoman.
Union Bay has signed another licensing deal for junior sleepwear and innerwear with Apparel Concepts International. Retail prices will range from $6 for a basic T-shirt to $38 for sleepwear. The collection ships to stores in January.

O’CONNOR TAPPED: Karen O’Connor has been named director of design and marketing for Kayser-Roth Corp., a new position. She rejoins the company from Victoria’s Secret, where she was a designer.
O’Connor previously worked at Kayser-Roth as product development manager. In her new post, she reports to Julia Townsend, vice president and general manager of Kayser-Roth’s department and specialty store division’s women’s brands.

GOLD STAR FOR MORETZ: Moretz Inc. has received the 1999 Vendor of the Year award from Target Stores, a 921-unit chain. John Moretz, president and chief executive officer of Moretz, Newton, N.C., accepted the award.
Moretz is a supplier of socks and apparel for some of Target’s leading brands, such as Cherokee, Pro Spirit, Xhileration and Merona.