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'Preppy' clothing maker moves headquarters to Fairfield

Updated 11:32 pm, Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • Just Madras, the maker of clothing for women, children and men, has moved its small headquarters operation from Wilton to Fairfield. Above are three examples of the company's summer dresses. Photo: Fairfield Citizen/Contributed / Fairfield Citizen

    Just Madras, the maker of clothing for women, children and men, has moved its small headquarters operation from Wilton to Fairfield. Above are three examples of the company's summer dresses.

    Photo: Fairfield Citizen/Contributed

 

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Just Madras relocates to Fairfield

Just Madras, the makers of what it calls "preppy" clothing for men, women and children, has relocated its headquarters from Wilton to offices on Post Road in Fairfield.

The company, whose attire and accessories are in 250 retail stores nationally, is renting space at 1903 Post Road, a building that also houses the French bakery Isabelle et Vincent.

The headquarters workforce includes company co-founders Kimbery Hoag and Kim Haney, plus an administrative assistant, Hoag said. Just Madras' manufacturing and wholesale distribution are in New York City.

Hoag and Haney started the company in 2006 and initially ran it out of Hoag's Wilton home, later moving to a 500-square foot office in Wilton. The move to the 750-square-foot Fairfield office was primarily to accommodate Haney, a Fairfield resident who has children in local schools, Hoag said.

The Just Madras line is available in 13 stores in Connecticut, according to its website, including Capri Clothing, the Post Road women's shop.

Herlihy promoted at Aquarion Water Co.

Aquarion Water Co. has promoted Fairfield resident John Herlihy to vice president of water quality and environmental management, the company announced. His title previously was director of water quality and environmental management.

Herlihy's new role includes expanded responsibilities in government relations, the Bridgeport-based company said in a news release.

He began his Aquarion career as a microbiologist in its water-quality laboratory. Herlihy now is active in water-industry leadership nationally, Aquarion said, and in 2013 he received the American Water Works Association's highest honor, its George Warren Fuller.

Lipow named Physician of the Year

Dr. Kenneth Lipow of Fairfield, chief of neurosurgery at Bridgeport Hospital, was named Physician of the Year during the hospital's annual Physician Leadership Summit.

He was selected for the award based on positive feedback in patient satisfaction surveys and letters from satisfied patients, the hospital said.

More than 50 other physicians were also recognized for achieving patient satisfaction survey scores in the 90th percentile or higher.

Lipow earned his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and completed his residency at New York's Montefiore Medical Center and Jacobi Medical Center. In 1985, he joined the medical staff of Bridgeport Hospital, where he has helped spearhead innovative neurosurgical care for nearly 30 years. Most recently, he has been one of the regional pioneers in the use of the O-arm/Steath Station navigation system, which guides surgeons through complex neuro-spinal procedures.

Sklar appointed

chairman emeritus

Fairfield insurance executive Malcomb Sklar has been named chairman emeritus of the insurance-marketing organization LifeMark Partners after serving 12 years as chairman of its board of directors.

Sklar is the president of Fairfield-based GBS Insurance and Financial Services, the insurance and employee-benefits division of the global insurance broker and risk-management consultants Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Baltimore-based LifeMark said Sklar was replaced as chairman by Mark Rosen of Pittsburgh, one of the organization's founders. Sklar will remain a consultant to LifeMark, the group said.

Talk on cutting costs

Two business consultants will outline simple ways that small businesses can cut costs and improve their cash flows during a free program Wednesday evening, May 21, at the Fairfield Public Library.

The program is planned at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the main library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Drawing from the disciplines of Lean and Six Sigma, John Harmon of Adulant Consulting Services and Andy Jawlik of Jawlik and Associates will demonstrate how cost reduction can improve cash flow better than raising prices or increasing slaes, the library said.

The program is part of the Small Business Strategies series for current and prospective entrepreneurs, presented through a partnership of the library and the Fairfield County chapter of SCORE, a non-profit dedicated to helping small businesses through education and mentoring.