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PEBBLED BONUS: Forget Uncle Scrooge — in a generous move, Tod's Group chief Diego Della Valle just handed out a $2,000 bonus to all Tod's workers as a grazie for their dedication and to help them weather the penalizing price increases that are putting average Italian salaries in the doldrums. The group employs 2,492 people. "We see this as a signal of solidarity and a thank-you to our employees who have largely contributed in elevating the Tod's name worldwide," the company said.
LOOKING FOR BARGAINS: With just a few days to go until New York Fashion Week, you'd expect most designers to be holed up in their studios pulling all-nighters. But Thursday evening, Mark Badgley and James Mischka took a break from their work to help host the Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors' Night at the Park Avenue Armory. In addition to dressing (and bejeweling) co-chairs such as Genevieve Wheeler Brown and Tatiana Papanicolaou, the two designers had interior decorating on the brain. "We just bought a horse farm in Kentucky and it doesn't have a single piece of furniture in it," explained Badgley. However, even with the never-ending aisles of goods on display in the Armory, it seemed unlikely that the duo would be picking up any pieces that night. "These are the serious antiques," said Badgley. "We buy the junk."