TESTONI REACTS: Italian accessories brand A. Testoni is shifting responsibilities among its executives after Massimo Macchi, who was vice president of sales, merchandising and design, left to become chief executive officer of Gianfranco Ferré. Arrigo Berni, ceo of A. Testoni, will oversee sales and merchandising activities until a replacement for Macchi is found. Yvan Benbanaste has been promoted to style director for women’s and men’s. He previously oversaw the men’s division. Nicola Invernizzi will continue to be women’s designer.
SCHNEIDER JOINS PRINGLE: Karen Schneider has been named head of merchandising for Pringle, a new position. Schneider, who began work earlier this month, based in London, was president and chief executive officer of Wolford America Inc. from May 1997 until December 2002. For the past two years, she has been working as an independent fashion consultant. Schneider, who reports to Pringle chief executive Kim Winser, is a member of the company’s senior management team and her brief is to lead, develop and execute Pringle’s merchandising strategy of growing the brand’s wholesale and retail businesses in Europe, Asia and North America.
BURLINGTON TAPS TWO: Burlington Worldwide Tuesday said it is hiring two executives from the former Cleyn & Tinker, the Canadian worsted firm that Burlington’s parent, International Textile Group, acquired in January. Frank Bakirdan took on the role of vice president of sales and merchandising for Burlington’s uniform, government and barrier products. Bakirdan, who was vice president of sales and marketing at Cleyn, reports to Jeff Peck, Burlington’s executive vice president of apparel fabrics. Michael Butterfeld was named product development manager, reporting to Dale Arnold, executive vice president of product development. He also had served as product development manager at Cleyn. The two executives will join Burlington on March 1.
LANDS’ END CUTS: Catalogue firm Lands’ End said on Tuesday it would cut more than 375 jobs as part of a restructuring effort to reduce costs. The company, owned by Sears, Roebuck & Co., will shed 200 full-time staffers, 175 part-timers and some “seasonal” jobs. Lands’ End will close its Cross Plains, Wis., call center on June 5. The company said phone orders have declined as consumers have opted to shop for merchandise through other channels, such as the Internet. Sears bought Lands’ End in 2002. Last year, Sears said it would be acquired by Kmart in an $11 billion merger. Shareholders will cast their ballots on the merger on March 24.