MORE FAME: Business Journals Inc. is expanding its Fashion Avenue Market Expo trade show. Starting next year, there will be exhibitions in January and May in addition to the March and August shows. FAME will run concurrently with AccessoriesTheShow and Moda Manhattan, also produced by Business Journals.
The additional shows will make FAME a place to shop during the four main market weeks in New York, chief executive officer Britton Jones said in a statement.
Next year, FAME will run Jan. 9 to 11, March 13 to 15, May 1 to 3 and July 31 to Aug. 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
GEORGIA ON LIZ’S MIND: The Atlanta offices of the Liz Claiborne brand have moved to 260 Peachtree Street from its location in the AmericasMart. The 12,000-square-foot space includes corporate offices and a showroom for Liz Claiborne apparel and accessories, as well as Monet jewelry.
“We are now able to combine Liz Claiborne accessories and apparel in one showroom, presenting a strong lifestyle message,” Ned Goepp, vice president of regional offices for Liz Claiborne brands, said in a statement. “The convenience of one space, along with its proximity to AmericasMart, where our customers do other buying, allows us to best serve our Southeast region retail partners.”
Claiborne’s other divisions will continue to show at the AmericasMart.
LAURELS FOR A TURNAROUND: The Turnaround Management Association, an international nonprofit organization, will present Michael Appel, managing director of Quest Turnaround Advisors, with its Large Company Turnaround of the Year award for his efforts with Kasper A.S.L.
Appel was retained by Kasper’s ad hoc bondholder’s committee in December 2000 and eventually laid out a plan to replace senior management, initiate an operating and strategic about-face and eventually sell the firm. Kasper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2002 under a heavy debt load. The company, which, in addition to its namesake brand included the Anne Klein labels, was sold to Jones Apparel Group in December 2003 for $232.5 million.