MADDEN’S HUMOR: Steve Madden has quite a sense of humor, but it may not translate at an investors’ conference. Madden’s representatives said his statement about an agreement for a shoe collaboration with Diana Ross last month was meant as a “joke.” Madden made the remark in a breakout session of about 30 people at the ICR Xchange Conference in Dana Point, Calif., leading some attendees to believe he was serious. Asked about working with Ross, Madden responded: “We’re really excited about it. Celebrity collaborations are an area I think we can do well in.” All kidding aside, Madden and company executives said a celebrity deal is in the works and it will be unveiled by spring. They declined to reveal the name of the celebrity.
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