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Could Hollywould be out of business? The brand, founded by creative director Holly Dunlap
, has been looking for a buyer since October, when its parent, Kellwood Co., put the company up for sale. But speculation has been swirling that the wholesale brand has quietly gone out of business, with no potential buyers in sight. After a storewide clearance sale at its shop at 198 Elizabeth Street on Monday — shoes were marked down to $49 — it appeared on Thursday that the store had closed for good. The shop was gated, with no merchandise in the window, and the phone was disconnected. Hollywould was said to be moving into a new, 1,200-square-foot space at 16 Prince Street, at the corner of Elizabeth Street, in early 2009. Repeated e-mails to Dunlap were not answered, and her private office line has been disconnected, with no further information available. The brand’s Web site, hollywould.com, has stopped selling product online. A Kellwood spokeswoman e-mailed a statement saying, “We are still in the process of exploring a range of strategic alternatives for the Hollywould business.” Dunlap launched Hollywould in 2000 as a contemporary footwear firm. After gathering a loyal following, she introduced more products, including dresses and handbags before being acquired by Kellwood in December 2006.