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Dickies launches ‘Shop and Compare’ on Dickies.com

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Fort Worth, Texas — Work wear brand Dickies said Monday it has launched an online tool called Shop and Compare, which allows users to compare products side by side.

The new Shop and Compare app gives customers the ability to view up to three different pants or shirts side by side along with a detailed display of the price, fabric, fit, color, and description of each garment.

"We are pleased to launch an innovative work wear tool that allows workers to make product selections that will best meet their personal needs," said Matthew McCartin, head of marketing for Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.

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Cache names two new directors

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Cache Inc., a specialty chain of women’s apparel stores, announced that Michael Price, managing partner of MFP Partners, L.P., Cache’s largest shareholder, has joined the board of directors. In addition, Charles Hinkaty, formerpresident and CEO of Del Laboratories Inc., has been appointed to the board. In connection with their appointments, Michael Price and Charles Hinkaty have been appointed to the nominating and governance committee and the compensation and plan administration committee of the oard. Charles Hinkaty has also been appointed to the company’s audit committee.

MFP Partners is a family investment partnership established by Michael Price in 1998. MFP Partners uses a disciplined, research-driven process to invest in deeply undervalued stocks, focusing on long-term investing through a value investment approach. Prior to founding MFP Partners, Price was chairman of the board of Franklin Mutual Advisers and Franklin Mutual Series Fund. He had been associated with both entities and their predecessor organizations (Heine Securities Corp and Mutual Shares Fund) since 1975.

Hinkaty, was the president and CEO and a director of Del Laboratories, Inc. from August 2005 through his retirement in January 2008. From 1985 through August 2005 Hinkaty held various management positions at Del Laboratories, including COO. Prior to joining Del Laboratories, Hinkaty served in a variety of executive positions with Bristol Myers Squibb from 1972 until 1984.

Jay Margolis, chairman and CEO commented, “I am pleased to welcome Michael and Charles to our Board of Directors. Michael has a strong track record investing in value retail and knows our Company and business well. We look forward to Michael’s strategic counsel as we transition from turnaround to growth. I am also excited to have Charles join the Board given his strong leadership, strategic and financial experience as a CEO and COO of Del Laboratories.”

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Banana Republic creative director earns honorary degree from alma mater

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NEW YORK — Simon Kneen, creative director and EVP design for Banana Republic has been awarded a Doctor of Arts honoris causa from Kingston University in London, United Kingdom. A Kingston University graduate, Kneen was nominated and awarded for his 30-year commitment and success in the fashion and design industry.

Nominated by his former faculty and selected by the University’s Honorary Awards Committee – consisting of 14 academic notables including the Vice and Deputy Vice Chancellors – Kneen will accept this award in front of hundreds of students and join a group of elite alumni honorees which includes Sir David Attenborough, naturalist and broadcaster; Paul Greengrass, journalist and Hollywood director; Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize winning author and Gail Emms, badminton Olympian.

"I am really humbled to be extended this honor by Kingston University in the company of such accomplished award winners," says Kneen. "I have been so fortunate to find a career that is my inherent passion, and to be awarded for it is truly an honor."

Kingston University confers awards to recognize distinguished contributions in professional fields, accepted by a select group of prominent individuals within an academic year. Awards include honorary fellowships, extended to those who have made outstanding contributions to the University, in addition to honorary doctorates – that which will be awarded to Kneen – to those who have achieved international distinction in a variety of high-profile roles.

With more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry, Kneen has been at the forefront of the Banana Republic global design team since 2008 as creative director and EVP design. From 2003 to 2008, he served as creative design director for the Retail Brand Alliance, where he set the creative vision for the Brooks Brothers and Adrienne Vittadini brands, and was the first to design a fashion collection for men and women at Brooks Brothers. From 2001 to 2003, Kneen was creative director for Maska, the Italian fashion house known for its exclusive couture collection and fashionable ready-to-wear line. Prior to that, he was head designer, Pret-a Porter, for Maison Balmain.

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