JCPenney fires Johnson, rehires Ullman

Myron Ullman

JCPenney’s board of directors has let CEO Ron Johnson go and rehired former chief executive Myron “Mike” Ullman.

Canadian duty program’s demise hits manufacturers

A 20-year-old Canadian apparel duty program has been unceremoniously halted and am Ontario shirt factory has closed.

Neckwear Notes: The Shelby Knot Collection

Shelby Knot Collection

Harry Sheff: Twin brothers Danny and Kenny King have launched a neckwear business inspired by a Minneapolis news anchor’s famous tie knot.

Cruz named director of Saks Fifth Avenue flagship

John Cruz

John Cruz, general manager of Saks’ Beverly Hills store, has been named director of the NYC Saks Fifth Avenue flagship.

Authentic Brands licenses PVH for HMX furnishings

PVH

PVH signed a five-year deal with Authentic Brands Group for furnishings under the Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx brands.

W Diamond promotes Bjorklund to tailored group president

W Diamond Group

W Diamond Group has made some management changes in its tailored clothing business, with Lennart Bjorklund assuming greater responsibility and Brett Schenck leaving Hart Schaffner Marx.

Showroom snapshots: Bugatchi Uomo

Bugatchi Uomo

Bugatchi’s showroom has so much product, you’d think you were looking at two season’s worth.

Vegas Highlights: ESPN Neckwear

ESPN

Harry Sheff: If the ESPN brand is powerful enough to prompt some people to name their children “Espn,” LND Neckwear’s ESPN tie collection will probably do quite well.

Catching Up With: Kevin Hansen and Michael Chilton, Badowers

Michael Chilton and Kevin Hansen

Harry Sheff talks to Badowers about tailored clothing, Barbour jackets and how a comment about “ironic shoes” fueled some profanity-laced T-shirts and belt buckles.

Vegas Highlights: Breuer and Dents

Breuer neckwear and Dents driving gloves

Harry Sheff: The Bird Dog Group’s booth at MRket showed Breuer neckwear in some beautiful silk/wool/cotton blends and colorful leather driving gloves from UK-based Dents.