BARRY ROSS EXPANDS: After a 25-year tenure in the textile and intimate apparel fields, Barry Ross has created Barry Ross Intimate Connection, a global resource company for intimate apparel manufacturers and retailers.

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Ross was formerly a partner in Sextet Fabrics Inc., a specialist of laces and fabrics for the intimate apparel market. He will continue to be based at the Sextet Fabrics offices at 30 West 54th Street in New York.

In addition to his newly formed company, Ross will be a sales representative for the Sextet firm, as well as GH Lace and The Britex Group of Canada.

“My goal will be to provide both manufacturers and retailers with a global sourcing opportunity,” said Ross, who is a veteran exhibitor of international trade shows, including the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris and the Lyon, Mode City trade fair in Lyon, France. “Ultimately, I plan to diversify throughout the intimate apparel supply chain and offer my customers a multiclient roster of products and services.”

PARIS LAUNCH: Amourette, a new designer lingerie label based in California, will be introduced at the Jan. 23-26 edition of the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris. Designed by Katherine Harestad, the line will be exhibited in the Expression Dessous segment of the show, an area dedicated to innovative fashion collections.

The collection will include a basics group consisting of lingerie and sleepwear in soft Modal in fashion colors, as well as a group of sheers in rich fall colors. The fashion collection will feature a combination of vintage looks in retro woven cotton prints and laces, items of Modal featuring corsetry detailing, and a Prima group of meshes and tulles interpreted into ballerina looks. There also will be a whimsical line of “fancy pants” of silk, leavers lace and tulle, and silk and lace underpinnings inspired by the “Wild West,” said Harestad.