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Peter Som has had plenty to toast this year…


Peter Som has had plenty to toast this year. After being named creative director for women’s wear at Bill Blass in July, the New York–based designer sold a majority stake in his namesake label to Lord & Taylor parent company NRDC Equity Partners LLC in September. NRDC, which paid an estimated $10 million, is expected to pump enough cash into the brand to build it into a lifestyle company with its own boutiques. “It relieves the pressures that come with being a totally indie fashion house,” Som told WWD. But for now, at least, his fans shouldn’t expect to see his collection in Lord & Taylor. The designer has no immediate plans to sell to the department store, which focuses on less pricey bridge and better lines.

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