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Norma Kamali told an audience at Macy's yesterday that she isn't renewing her deal with Wal-Mart. Back in 2007, the pioneering designer—who invented the puffy coat and dabbled in e-commerce years before her competitors—signed a three-year licensing deal with the big box store. She says she's happy with the way things turned out, but won't be re-signing because she's "ready to move on."
Instead, Kamali is focusing on two relatively recent obsessions: The internet and health. Thursday also marked the launch of her "Conversations" series at MoMA, in which she interviews experts on subjects like organic farming and raw food. She'll air longer versions of these discussions on her Hulu channel as well as her website, making them a lot easier for New Yorkers to access than the Wal-Mart pieces ever were.
· Norma Kamali Speaks Her Mind [WWD, subscription req'd]
·: Norma Kamali for Wal-Mart Still Going Strong [Racked NY]