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The scoop from the FNAAs and Two Ten dinner.

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More mingling was on the menu the next night at the annual Two Ten Footwear Foundation dinner, held at the traditional venue, Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis. Insider caught up with Titan Industries head, Joe Ouaknine, who said that after the acquisition last week of Penny Loves Kenny, he’s not looking for any more brands. “I need to get rid of some!” he said, before quickly adding that he was only kidding. “I have to have too much to do or else I can’t focus.” Blake Krueger of Wolverine World Wide interrupted a confab with colleagues (including Wolverine and Two Ten chair Tim O’Donovan) to say he was starting to feel a little better about the overall business climate. “We’re going to be fine,” he said with a smile, “but don’t tell that to my employees!” Modern Vintage’s Rick Cytrynbaum was missing the company of his favorite collaborator, new mom and BFF Nicole Richie, whose recent bout with pneumonia had left her unable to be at any FFANY-related events. But Cytrynbaum said he was hoping she could make the scene at the next Shoes on Sale. Jay Piccola, head of Puma North America, was feeling great about the Black Friday opening of the brand’s newest location, on Chicago’s State Street. Piccola said the store had “exceeded expections” for its opening numbers and was holding its own in what he characterized as an “item-driven” holiday season. And The Shoe Mill’s Ed Habre also had expansion on the brain, saying he’s itching to grow his successful, Portland, Ore.-based, seven-store operation. “It has to be the right space, that’s definitely most important, but we have the capital to do it and there is a lot of availability out there.” Habre dished that he’s currently taking a look at three locations in the region, though no decisions have been made.

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