At Financo's Annual Industry Seminar & Merchandising Chief Executives Cocktail Reception on Jan. 12, top dogs of the retail industry talked shop and occasionally traded digs. Banter between J.Crew's Mickey Drexler and Neiman Marcus' Burt Tansky was the main event, but Loehmann's CEO Jerald Politzer was heard ribbing Bergdorf Goodman's Jim Gold on the luxe shop's deep discounts. "You have more on sale than I do!" he joked. Caught in the middle of the friendly fire was Andrew Rosen of Theory.
Tapping into their tennis heritage, Fila has entered into a long-term licensing agreement with ATP World Tour star James Blake for a co-branded collection of tennis, golf and fitness-lifestyle footwear, accessories and apparel for men. Known for his speed on the court, Blake is currently the 10th ranked player in the world. Consumers will get a sneak peek at the product right before the 2009 U.S. Open in New York, followed by a full product launch in spring ’10. Additionally, James will wear the collection as well as other Fila products on court as part of the multi-year deal.