NexCen Said to Be Eyeing Sale of Bill Blass Brand

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NexCen Brands is moving quickly to see which assets can be shed to raise cash and help it stave off a near-term financial disaster. Industry sources said that home brand Waverly is the first asset NexCen could shed — followed closely by Bill Blass.

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