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Chris Collins Purchases Arte Italica

Chris CollinsChris Collins

SECAUCUS, N.J.-Chris Collins, president of Arte Italica, has purchased the company from Earl Skidmore.

Arte Italica was established 17 years ago by Ann Skidmore, and she and her husband Earl had been very active in managing the company until her sudden death in June of this year, the company said.

"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to carry out Ann Skidmore's legacy and continue to build upon the amazing brand and organization that she worked so hard to launch and grow for 17 years," Collins said. "We have a terrific team that will all remain in place to help us continue to grow and improve our partnerships with our retailers that have been so loyal to Ann and our brand."

Arte Italica recently relocated to Secaucus from Long Island, which the company said has allowed it to improve efficiencies and enjoy impressive growth in 2014. "We look forward to improving upon all facets of the business and become the best partners that we can be with our retailers and our consumers who are so loyal to Arte Italica," Collins said.

Prior to joining Arte Italica, Collins launched and was the general manager at showroom building 7 W 34th St. He became president of Arte Italica in 2013.