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Valdese promotes Zagaroli, Smith

Connolly Springs, N.C. - Tish Zagaroli and Townson Smith have been promoted to senior design positions at the Circa 1801 division of Valdese Weavers, part of a major personnel restructuring activity for the division.

Zagaroli promoted to the new position of creative director, was senior designer for Circa 1801. She has been with the company for 11 years. Smith, now the company's design director, has been with Valdese since 1999 and joined Circa 1801 in 2009. They report to Laura Levinson, senior vp of product development for Valdese.

For Showtime, as part of the division's expanded product launch, it will introduce more than 200 skus from Hable Construction, a New York-based design group headed by sisters Susan and Katherine Hable. The company has been designing for the casual accessory market as well as other finished products such as handbags and has a young, whimsical, hip signature.

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