Bill Blass Will Relaunch for Spring 2016

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Despite an ill-starred recent history, the Bill Blass label is planning a comeback. Then-designer Peter Som left the helm in 2008, the company was hit hard by the recession, and it shuttered its womenswear line two years ago. However, according to a statement released by Bill Blass today, the brand plans to relaunch under newly appointed president and COO Stuart M. Goldblatt, a veteran of Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Lord & Taylor. Blass will relaunch men's and women's clothing for spring 2016 and then expand into further (unspecified) categories. Per a company rep, a creative director will oversee the men's and women's collections, but that person has yet to be named. Young American design hopefuls, start your engines!