Findings: More Lepore… Cyber Eyes… Natori Party…

Nanette Lepore is launching a footwear collection for spring with Peter Marcus Group, set to hit stores in February.

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MORE LEPORE: Nanette Lepore is launching a footwear collection for spring with Peter Marcus Group, set to hit stores in February. The line features 25 styles, including wedges, heels and flats, made of such materials as metallic and patent leather and snakeskin. Beading will also be infused across the collection, matching similar beadwork from the spring apparel line.

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The firm launched a smaller capsule shoe collection two years ago, but now expects the licensed category to encompass 20 percent of its business.

“We have partnered with Peter Marcus Group to leverage their product development and production capabilities, and, of course, for their fantastic reputation in the footwear business,” said Heather Pech, chief executive officer of Nanette Lepore. “Our combined resources enable us to capitalize on the opportunity in the contemporary footwear arena.”

Nanette Lepore footwear will retail from $195 to $350 at select stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, and Nanette Lepore boutiques.

CYBER EYES: Ck Calvin Klein is fusing fashion and technology by launching an eyewear style featuring a 4GB USB port located in the right temple of the frame. This eyewear evolution allows for convenient transport of data-digital information, pictures, media clips and music. Designed for men and women, the eyewear comes in two styles with three color choices and will hit specialty stores in October for a retail price of $199.

INTIMATE EYEWEAR: The Natori Co. hosted a cocktail party at its Manhattan offices and showrooms Aug. 12 to celebrate its licensing pact with Zyloware Eyewear, an 86-year-old firm that will produce, market and distribute the first collection of Natori Eyewear.

The collection will be formally launched at the Vision Expo West trade fair in Las Vegas that runs Oct. 1 to 3, and will feature 12 optical and five styles of sunglasses, as well as a range of prescriptive choices. The optical eyewear will wholesale from $79.95 to $89.95, and the sunglasses will sell for $89.95. The frames, which include mother-of-pearl inlays, Swarovski crystals and animal prints, will be distributed nationwide at select eye care practitioners this fall.

Describing the collection, Christopher Shyer, president of the Queens, N.Y.-based Zyloware, said, “Josie Natori is unique in her fashion perspective. She not only designs for a consumer need, she designs for a woman who has a desire to buy something special for herself. It may have emanated from years of consumers putting their money in Natori undergarments and sleepwear. Between Zyloware’s expertise and Natori’s signature patterns, textures and sensibilities, we have melded the two strengths into a unique viewpoint.”

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