Insider: Madden's Pick… Fluevog Coffee

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The ‘Peanuts’ Gang
Footwear was a hot topic at the Issues & Solutions Conference Thursday, hosted by Emanuel Weintraub Associates Inc., where guest speakers included CEO of Financo Inc. Gilbert Harrison; Iconix Brand Group Inc. CEO Neil Cole; and Nine West CEO Andrew Cohen. Cole said he was especially excited to be included in the gathering, in part because of the photo shoot he was missing. “[We’re] shooting Britney Spears today for the third time. I’m lucky I don’t have to be there,” he joked during his presentation. In addition to the company’s work with the Candie’s brand, Iconix recently the Peanuts brand to its roster, and Cole said working with the wholesome brand would be a nice change of pace. “With Britney and Madonna, you have to worry about what’s happening in the papers,” said Cole.

Going Global
Fred Allard is no stranger to a busy travel schedule. Insider managed to track down Nine West’s creative director while he prepped for his second global media tour, which kicks off May 11 in London and continues with Hong Kong and a first-time visit to Shanghai. With culture-filled spots awaiting in each city, Allard said he was looking forward to visiting Shanghai, a new destination for the frequent flier. But what was he most excited about? The World Expo (a six-month celebration that includes 20,000 cultural performances).



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