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Kohl’s in partnership with designer Narciso Rodriguez

BY Staff Writer

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores has scored a big coup. The chain announced that Narciso Rodriguez will be the first designer for the retailer’s new limited-edition collection concept called DesigNation, which will feature fashions based on international inspiration from different premier designers.

The launch DesigNation collection will draw creative influence from Rodriguez’s trip to Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this year. It will be available exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohls.com beginning in early November.

Kohl’s will launch multiple DesigNation collections throughout the year. Each collection will feature a different designer, marrying his or her aesthetic with influence from various international destinations.

Rodriguez has dressed many celebrities for the Red Carpet, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies and Rachel Weisz. First Lady Michelle Obama has also worn his creations.

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OPERATIONS

Children’s Place COO departs

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Secaucus, N.J. — The Children’s Place announced that Eric Bauer left the company, effective June 19, 2012. President and CEO Jane Elfers will resume oversight of retailer’s supply chain, store operations, finance, information technology and real estate functions.

Elfers said: “We thank Eric for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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Starbucks to expand presence in Latin America; ‘several hundred’ stores planned for Brazil

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Co. details its expansion plans for Latin America, including the opening of its first shop in Costa Rica on June 20. The company also said it plans to open "several hundred stores” in Brazil the next five years. (Starbucks has full ownership of its business in Brazil.)

Starbucks and joint-venture partner Alsea expect to add more than 300 new stores in Argentina and Mexico by 2015.

“Starbucks business outside the U.S. is a key part of the company’s future, and Latin America continues to play an important role,” said Cliff Burrows, president, Starbucks Americas. “As a coffee company, we source the majority of our coffee from Latin America. We’re dedicated to not only expanding our store presence here, but also deepening our relationships with farmers, their families and the community.”

Currently, Starbucks operates more than 560 stores across Latin America.

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