Gilt Groupe, the company behind luxury flash sale site gilt.com, announced the appointment of Rachel Jarrett as General Manager for Gilt Children. Jarrett will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the children's business for the company, including business strategy, website design and procurement of merchandise.
Magnificent Baby, an infants' line of clothing that uses a magnetic closure system in lieu of snaps, is collaborating with Elina Furman, founder of mommy blog A-ListMom.com. Furman has designed garments for the company's Fall 2011 elephant-themed collection that reflects trends she's seeing in her online community for mothers.
The childrenswear market is one of the most lucrative segments in the global apparel industry and is expected to reach $156.8 billion by 2015, according to a report released by Global Industry Analysts titled "Children's Wear: A Global Strategic Business Report." The report also found that childrenswear fared considerably better during the recession than the men's and women's wear and that Europe and the United States account for a major share of worldwide sales.
The CPSC has posted that there will be a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Feb. 17 to discuss the technological feasibility of complying with the requirement that all children's products must have under 100ppm of lead. The requirement currently goes into effect on Aug. 14, so long as it is determined to be "technologically feasible." The public hearing will take place in the Hearing Room, 4th Floor of the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. The hearing can be watched via webcast at www.cpsc.gov/webcast.
Just after news of Sephora's exclusive Hello Kitty Beauty line broke, it was announced that the beauty retailer has partnered with Fox Consumer Products to produce nail colors and appliqus inspired by the hit TV show Glee.
Beginning on Feb. 3, OPI Glee collection will be exclusively available at Sephora stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Wal-Mart is introducing a beauty brand called GeoGirl for the tween set. The 69-item collection emphasizes green-living with recycled packaging and natural formulas containing lavender, green tea and pomegranate. Products are fragrance free. The line includes: cleanser, body mist, mascara, lip gloss, blush, face shimmer and eye shadow. Most of the make-up products apply sheer.
Beginning Feb. 21, GeoGirl will be available in 1,200 locations. Prices range from $3.99 to $5.99.
Teen apparel chain Anchor Blue is closing all 117 stores nationwide after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. Closing sales began on Jan. 7. Discounts of 40- to 60-percent are being offered to clear inventory.
The chain dates back to 1972 when it began as Miller's Outpost. In the 1990s, the company changed its name to Anchor Blue, offering its own denim line for teens and young adults.
Bill Mancini, who recently retired from the childrenswear industry, was killed in a car accident on Jan. 6 near Syracuse, NY. He was 57.
Most recently Mr. Mancini worked as a sales rep for Skivvydoodles, Globaltex, Eland and other accounts. He covered the New York State, Northern New Jersey and Western Pennsylvania territories.
He is survived by his wife, the former Lori J. Malone; sons, Bryon, Trevor and Riley; daughters, Danica, Lindsay and Mariah; and his ex-wife, Sarah Anderson De-Vantier.
Leading production and licensing company 4Kids has announced that its CEO, Alfred R. Kahn, has retired after nearly 25 years of service. The company's board of directors appointed Michael Goldstein, a director of the company since 2003, as interim chairman.
Pete Yoder has been promoted to vice president of consumer products at Cartoon Network Enterprises, while Erik Resnik was named vice president of home entertainment. Both will report to Christina Miller, senior vice president of the network.