HALL GETS THE NOD: Robert Hall, president and chief executive officer of Champion Jogbra, has taken on the additional responsibilities under that same title for Champion Activewear.
He reports to Gerald Evans, a vice president of Sara Lee Corp. and president and ceo of Sara Lee Activewear. Champion is a division of Sara Lee Branded Apparel. Hall succeeds Michael Flatow, who was named president and ceo of Sara Lee Hosiery this month.
JUST FOR KICKS: Faconnable, a French ready-to-wear firm, has signed a deal with the Federation Francaise de Football, the French national soccer team, to launch an athletic-inspired line.
The collection will be produced under the Faconnable Equipe de France label and will include shirts, sweaters, jeans and tennis shoes. It will feature a new logo and will be marketed to spectators as well as athletes. Retail prices will range from $28 to $90.
Faconnable will only offer the Equipe de France shirt. The rest of the line will be offered in French athletic specialty stores. In the U.S., the line will be sold at Faconnable boutiques and Nordstrom stores, with which Faconnable has a joint venture in the U.S.
CURTAIN CALL: After 30 years, Gayle Miller, president of Capezio Dance Theatre Shops, plans to step down, effective June 16. She will be succeeded by Cheryl Grimm, who has joined the company from Maidenform, where she was assistant vice president of stores.
ESPN’S ADVENTURE: In a move that reflects the increasing popularity of outdoor sports, ESPN plans to hold its first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., July 20-23.
The competition will air on ESPN the following week. World-class athletes will compete for medals and prize money in 20 events.
Fishing, target sports, timber sports and sporting dogs are the primary categories. The competitions for dogs measure such skills as agility and retrieving, an ESPN spokeswoman said.
DONNA’S ITALIAN RETREAT: DKNY Active will be suiting up vacationers headed this month to the isle of Capri in Italy with fitness and nutrition guru David Kirsch, the owner of the Madison Square Club.
Packable shorts, cargo pants, leggings and tanks with built-in shelf bras are some of the items travelers will wear while cycling, hiking and doing boot-camp workouts underneath the lemon trees. With six to eight hours of each day devoted to exercise, women will have plenty of time to wear-test DKNY Active.
But the spa retreat, set in a town that promotional material describes as “a Moorish opera set of shiny white houses, tiny squares and narrow Medieval alleyways hung with flowers,” won’t be all about sweat. There will be time for cooking classes, meditation classes and massage therapy at the villa.