Bernard Chaus Inc has opted not to retain the services of Cynthia Steffe and Richard Roberts when their contracts expire at the end of the month.

Chaus acquired the Cynthia Steffe trademark from LF Brands, formerly The Leslie Fay Companies, in 2003. Steffe had served as designer for the brand and its Cynthia Cynthia Steffe offshoot since then, while Roberts was brand president. There are no plans to discontinue the labels, the company said.

The announcement from Bernard Chaus came just ten days after the firm said that David Panitz, chief operating officer, had resigned to pursue other professional pursuits.
By Arnold J Karr.