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ARMONK, N.Y.--Whether IBM Corp.'s official elimination of its unwritten suit-and-tie dress code is a sign that the apocalypse is upon us has not yet been determined, but the sightings of chino pants and open-collared shirts here show times are changing at Big Blue.

While IBM workers in other parts of the country have taken a more casual approach to office attire during the past few years, those based at the Armonk headquarters have stuck with the company's traditional dress code, a spokesman said. However, starting on Feb. 3 they will have the option of not just loosening their tie, but leaving it home altogether.

Breaking the computer giant's stodgy wardrobe image is only the first move being made by Louis Gerstner, the company's chairman, to help bring the company into the 21st century. In the memo Gerstner also told employees the company's headquarters building has been placed on the block and will be replaced with a smaller, less formal campus-like facility built on a piece of the company's land about 60 miles north of New York City.

In the memo Gerstner said he would like the new facility completed in the next two years.
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Title Annotation:Personal Communications Industry Association survey
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Feb 13, 1995
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