FLOWER POWER: The orchids are coming to town with the 24th Annual New York International Orchid Show, sponsored by Realities, a better sportswear collection from Liz Claiborne Inc. The show, which opens at Rockefeller Center today and runs through Sunday, highlights a rare and endangered orchid found in Peru. Realities has designed a silk-screened, three-quarter-sleeve T-shirt that features the flower, which will be sold at the show for $35. A portion of the sales will be donated to a trust that Realities set up with the Greater New York Orchid Society for the conservation of the flowers.
NEW AT MILLS: The Mills Corp. named Linda Miller senior vice president of new business development, a new position. She reports to James Napoli, president of the operating division. Miller will oversee the domestic and international development of new client deals and relationships to enable Mills to cross-pollinate retailers among its three property types: “landmark” outlet and entertainment centers, international shopping centers, and “21st century” properties that are more traditional retail/entertainment centers. Miller previously was vice president of international business development at Taubman Centers, where she worked to bring European retailers and manufacturers to the U.S., including Jimmy Choo, Blunauta, Furla and Zara, according to Mills. Earlier in her career she worked at Mills.
SCREENING THE CARGO: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency will require all railroads to provide cargo manifests two hours before arriving from Mexico and Canada, starting July 12. The advance notice, announced Tuesday, is part of the federal government’s plan to screen cargo before it arrives in the U.S. Ocean carriers bound for the U.S. already have a 24-hour-before-sailing cargo disclosure rule.
COKE IS IT: With Invista acting as a master licensor, Coca-Cola has launched an apparel line bearing its name produced by the Brazilian brand Colcci. Apparel under the Coca-Cola by Colcci label is now rolling out to Brazilian stores. Invista, DuPont’s soon-to-be-sold textile arm, helped connect the two companies, according to a spokeswoman. She added that the brand would be expanding into other countries in the future.