IN THE SWIM: On Saturday, the designer of Holmes swimwear, Susan Holmes McKagan, made her debut at the California Market Center, where she is the newest addition to the Christina Angarola showroom. At a sit-down lunch and summer fashion show for reps and editors, the designer made the rounds and talked up her line, which now includes skirts and tank tops. “It’s great to see all the work pay off,” she said. The Holmes line, just under three years in business, is sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel and the Victoria’s Secret Swim Catalog. McKagan hopes to surpass the $1 million dollar-mark in sales this year.
CHEROKEE NATION: Brand broker Cherokee Inc. has entered a licensing deal with Mexican apparel company Grupo Aviara SA De CV for its Cherokee brand. The multiyear agreement covers men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories and footwear, as well as home furnishings and recreational goods, with distribution planned in about 80 retail stores in the first year. Grupo Aviara, a 20-year-old distributor, works with XOXO, Lacoste, Miss Sixty and Anne Klein. Larry Sass, Cherokee’s senior vice president, said in a statement the Van Nuys, Calif.-based company plans “further additions to our Latin America base.” Sass said the Cherokee brand, which sells in the U.S., Canada and Europe, has annual retail sales of more than $2 billion.
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Warnaco Corp. is endowing a $30,000 scholarship to the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles in memory of its non-executive chairman, Stuart Buchalter, who died Jan. 6 at the age of 66. The Warnaco Stuart Buchalter Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to students of the college’s School of Fashion & Design who show need and promise in the field. Buchalter served as chairman of the board of trustees of Otis since 2000 and had been involved with the school for some 20 years. This gift follows a scholarship Buchalter set up years ago for graduate students in fine arts as well as another fund Buchalter’s family and friends are organizing. “He had a strong interest in the world of design and cutting-edge fashion,” said Mark Denton, vice president of development for Otis. “From the time he was in college in the Fifties, he knew who [pop painter] Jasper Johns was before the rest of us.”