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Springs to bolster its design dept.

Beefing up its design department as it steadily grows its business in new product categories, Springs Industries Inc. has brought back high-profile designer Gary Filippone, who had earlier been a senior designer at Wamsutta, and has promoted Nancy Webster to the new post of senior vp for creative development.

Filippone, who joins Springs as vp of design, had been a senior designer for many years at Wamsutta/Pacific, before that home fashions producer was acquired by Springs Industries, and continued to work at Springs for some time before taking a job as design chief at The Bibb Company.

After The Bibb Company was acquired by Dan River Inc., he worked there briefly, and most recently was vp and director of design at The Robert Allen Group. In his new Springs post, Filippone will be responsible for all account-specific design. He holds a B.F.A. in textile design from Syracuse University.

"The incredible design expertise that Gary brings to Springs will be invaluable," said Webster.

As Springs continues to grow its business in new product areas, most recently through the acquisition of Burlington House, Webster was promoted to the new post of senior vp for creative development. She will have functional oversight for product design across all categories.

Webster joined Springs in 1998 as vp of creative development, bed and bath. She had earlier been design director at Fieldcrest Cannon Inc.

"Nancy has demonstrated a unique ability to identify and translate design trends into products that have broad appeal throughout the market as well as fit the specific needs of our customers," said Tom Gaffney, senior vp and president of merchandising.

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