MAYBE AN ENCORE: One of fashion’s hardiest rumors has resurfaced at the Paris shows: Could Jil Sander, who exited her namesake label in 2004, be readying a comeback? According to sources, Sander attended last month’s Première Vision fabric fair, suggesting a project is in the works. The designer could not be reached for comment.
DIEGO’S GIFT: A tough economy isn’t preventing Tod’s SpA chief Diego Della Valle from distributing a bonus of 1,400 euros gross, or $1,772 at the current exchange rate, to his employees in 2009. This is the second year in a row Della Valle has given a bonus to the artisans working for his luxury goods brand, which is based in Italy’s central Marche region.
RETAIL DETAIL: Yves Saint Laurent, which is to resume its retail expansion after entering the black last year, has tapped a Lanvin executive to help out. Emmanuel Gintzburger will join YSL as European retail director, a new post, in April. He succeeds Roberto Correia-Paz, who moved over to Gucci to become its vice president of retail for Europe.