BEAUDRY’S NEW HOME: Dianne Beaudry has joined YL by Yair, the bridge sportswear line, as sportswear merchandiser. She succeeds Jennifer McGee, who left the company. McGee’s plans were not known. Most recently, Beaudry was a freelance designer and consultant, and previouslyt, she held a sportswear merchandising post at Tahari Ltd. Earlier, Beaudry designed a sportswear collection bearing her name for seven years, and before that, was a designer of the Pinky & Dianne sportswear line, which closed in 1983 after a 12-year run. Beaudry reports to Yair Levy, designer and president of YL by Yair.
NEW POST AT SUSIE TOMPKINS: Esprit has named Stefani Greenfield vice president and national sales manager of its Susie Tompkins bridge sportswear division. It’s a new post.
Greenfield will work out of the company’s San Francisco headquarters and report to Lisa Engler, president of Susie Tompkins sales and retail. She had been national sales manager of DKNY Jeans.
EMANUEL GETS SMALLER: Emanuel/Emanuel Ungaro, the bridge sportswear maker that is a division of the designer’s company, is introducing a line called Emanuel Petite.
It will be shown with the spring collection opening Monday and will arrive in stores at the beginning of February. The line is based at the company’s New York headquarters and will be headed by Anne Wolf, national sales manager for Emanuel Petite.
Wolf will report to Maura de Visscher, president of Emanuel/Emanuel Ungaro.
The petite line will be developed from the main collection, which is designed by a team in New York that works with Ungaro in Milan, de Visscher said.
“We take a look at the collection and determine which styles are ‘petite-able,”‘ she said. “It’s mostly a matter of adding a new size range and changing the proportions.”
The selection of styles will increase as business does, de Visscher said.
“We are projecting petites will be 10 percent of overall business the first year, growing to 25 to 30 percent over the next few years,” she said.
The Emanuel/Emanuel Ungaro Collection is manufactured by GFT USA Corp., a subsidiary of Gruppo GFT.
SHOWROOM CHANGES: The Gabriel + Kramer showroom in New York is making some personnel and line changes. Michael Gabriel, a partner in the two-year-old sales representative company, will become director of U.S. operations for the Milan-based Jan & Carlos sportswear line. Jan & Carlos has been in the showroom since its opening.
“The line is growing, and it needs full-time attention,” Gabriel said, adding that a men’s collection will be introduced for fall. Gabriel will remain at the 95 Fifth Ave. offices.
Barbara Kramer, the other partner, will become president of the showroom, which will be renamed Barbara Kramer Collection. She will continue to represent lines such as Diapositive, Mikael Klatzkow, Tocca, Amy Chan Smart Things and Label by Laura Whitcomb. Kramer runs another showroom under the name Barbara Kramer Enterprises, at the same address but on a different floor, that represents more streetwear looks such as Bensimon, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Milk & Roses and Gaultier Jeans.
DONNA MAIONE HONORED: Donna Maione, a contemporary knitwear company based here, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Small Business Development Center. Maione and her partner, Gary Casara, received the award at an SBDC dinner Sept. 8. The company was chosen from among 15 candidates. Selection was based on showing reasonable growth and having an economic impact, through manufacturing and creating new jobs, in New York State within the past year.
SCHOOL’S IN: The schoolgirl look is sweeping Washington, where apron dresses are a hot fall item, according to Wendy Red, fashion director of the specialty stores Commander Salamander and Up Against the Wall.
Red said her vendors — Odds & Evens, Yes, Live in Color and XOXO — can barely keep her stocked in the dresses, which come in a range of fabrics and designs, including plaids, solids, pinstripes, bouclés and crepes. Red estimates she has sold between 300 and 400 apron dresses this season, at $24 to $34. Buyers range from women in their teens to those about 30 years old, she said.
“Everything around them goes, too: short skirts that they’re wearing with thigh-highs or knee socks, long-sleeved cotton shirts, little mohair sweaters, anything argyle and anything furry,” said the retailer.