TOP COATS: Consumers Digest magazine has recognized Burberry, London Fog and Stafford for providing superior value to customers in three different price categories in its September/October issue. The magazine searched for nationally distributed coats and ranked them based on performance and pricing, said a spokesman.
The “Best Buys” recommendations included the Burberry Victoria trenchcoat for women and the Bishop three-quarter-length men’s raincoat in the premium category, London Fog’s Loren trenchcoat for women and the Meade shortstyle raincoat for men in the mid-range price category, and a Stafford (J.C. Penney Co. private label) men’s trenchcoat in the economy category. There was no women’s economy “Best Buy” outerwear garment.

FUR FIRSTS: To give designers an opportunity to view the latest innovations in fur, Saga Furs of Scandinavia is presenting Fur Vision 2001 expressly for the American market.To be held Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Metropolitan Gallery, 123 West 18th Street in New York.

NEW DEANS AT FIT: The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has tapped new deans to head its School of Business & Technology and its School of Liberal Arts.
J.-C. Spender was named dean of the business and technology school. Formerly a professor of management and dean of the school of management at the New York Institute of Technology, Sender will oversee an array of departments, including advertising and marketing communications, fashion merchandising management, international trade and patternmaking technology.
FIT named Reginetta Haboucha dean of the liberal arts school. She had been dean of humanities at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Haboucha will oversee the academic departments within the school, including English and speech, science and math, social sciences and foreign languages.

CANCER BENEFIT: Massimo Ferragamo, president of Salvatore Ferragamo USA, is joining Loretta M. Itri, senior vice president of Ortho Biotech Inc. Worldwide as dinner chairmen for the American Italian Cancer Foundation’s annual benefit gala Nov. 6.
The black-tie event will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street in New York.

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