DOTTI BOUGHT: Kellwood’s selling spree continues. The $2 billion firm has sold its Dotti private label brand intimates business to A.H. Schrieber Co. Inc., a swimwear firm based here. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed, but the company said in a statement that key Dotti personnel at Kellwood have joined A.H. Schrieber to keep building the brand. Kellwood has sold its David Brooks brand to Hampshire Group Ltd., an apparel manufacturer based in Anderson, S.C. The core design and sales team that had been responsible for overseeing David Brooks within Kellwood will remain with the business.

M&S LOOKS EAST: Marks & Spencer is to open two apparel stores in Russia this fall, the company said. The first store, at 13,000 square feet, will open later this month and will be located in the Festival Mall in southwest Moscow. The second store, at 9,000 square feet, will open in November in the Mega Mall in Moscow’s suburbs. The company is considering opening a third store in Moscow, but a spokeswoman said no deal has been signed. Marks & Spencer will also open a 60,000-square-foot store in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next fall, in a development that is currently under construction. The store will be operated by the Al Futtaim Group, Marks & Spencer’s franchisee in the Gulf. “We’re always looking at openings around the world where our offer would do well,” said the M&S spokeswoman.

This story first appeared in the October 10, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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