SPEEDO’S NEW VOLLEY: Speedo has entered a three-year licensing agreement with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to manufacture, market and distribute the new AVP and AVP Pro series apparel by Speedo to be sold at AVP Croc Tour events and on AVP’s Web site, as well as to specialty, surf, sporting goods and department stores starting in July. Products will include volley shorts, women’s performance swimwear, outerwear, casualwear, hats, visors and backpacks with the AVP “spiker” logo. “For over 20 years, Speedo has supported the AVP tour and beach volleyball through sponsorships of stars like Karch Kiraly, Kerri Walsh and Holly McPeak,” Roger Williams, president of Warnaco Swimwear Group, which licenses the Australia-based Speedo brand in North America and the Caribbean, said in a statement. “We continue to see in the AVP a great platform to connect with our consumers and the growing loyal AVP fan base on both a local and national level.”
VUITTON ON SUNDAY: Weighing a complaint from a French labor union, a Paris court is to decide this month if Louis Vuitton will be allowed to keep its flagship on the Champs-Elysées open on Sundays. The luxury giant was permitted to keep its largest store open on Sundays last year after a major renovation that included the addition of an exhibit space. Vuitton hired another 70 workers to operate the store on Sundays.
JOHNS TO RED DOOR: On the heels of the announcement that Avon Spa & Salon is closing its doors June 15, Brad Johns, global color director for Clairol and former artistic director of Avon Salon & Spa, will be moving to the Red Door Spa flagship on Madison Avenue as hair color director. The move becomes official June 21. As part of a cost-cutting effort, Avon announced May 2 that it would close its iconic Trump Tower location, which opened in 1998 at 725 Fifth Avenue.