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FUR WEEK SLIMS DOWN: Fur Fashion Week is basically being consolidated to a one-night affair. The Fur Information Council of America will stage its annual fashion show at the Puck Building on April 8 — six weeks earlier than usual. With a few exceptions, most furriers are canning the idea of hosting their own shows in May, said Keith Caplan, FICA executive director.

This story first appeared in the March 18, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

NO MORE WET WOOL: Bogner has developed a windproof and waterproof TechnoWool jacket and coordinating pants that are designed for ski slopes or city streets. After developing the high tech fabric with an Italian mill, the company had professional skiers who endorse the brand wear-test it.

Dan Chirico, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Bogner of America, said, “The idea was to combine the look of a traditional natural product, wool, with the advantages of surface bonding and lamination to a technical man-made fiber. An added advantage is the textile’s breathability, which transports moisture away from the body to the outside surface of the wool.

Bogner’s TechnoWool jacket and pants ships to stores like High Country Sports in Livingston, N.J., and Stein Erikson in Park City, Utah, in September. The jacket wholesales for $171 and the pants are $148.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: Joia, the yoga-inspired activewear line, is flashing a peace sign. The New York-based company has developed a zip-front jacket with “Peace” embroidered on the collar.

Designer and owner Joia Wildman said she came up with the idea after seeing all the military looks offered by apparel companies.

“I didn’t understand why people would want to dress up in army fatigues when such a horrible thing is going on,” Wildman said. “They were saying it’s fashionable to look like you’re at war. I wanted to do something with a clean design to promote peace.”

About 60 stores are embracing that antiwar message and have ordered 300 units of the $70 item, Wildman said. During last month’s Fashion Coterie trade show, buyers said they were encouraged to see alternatives to all the cargo pants.

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