* Arranges $7.5 mln DIP loan from CIT
* Hires Geoffrey Lurie as chief restructuring officer
NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) - Premium denim company Rock & Republic on Thursday said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The company, which sells its jeans and accessories in stores including Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales, said it obtained $7.5 million in debtor-in-possession financing from CIT Group (CIT.N).
Rock & Republic has hired investment bank Atlas Strategic Advisors to help it recapitalize, subject to court approval, the company said.