GONZALEZ IN PRINT: Nancy Gonzalez will describe her rise to becoming a leading exotic skin handbag designer in “Nancy Gonzalez,” written by her friend, Pamela Golbin, which comes out next month ($18.95, Assouline). Golbin explains how the Cali, Colombia native weaves elements from her culture with high fashion in the form of colorful clutches, tonal embellished bags in crocodile and woven python satchels. The book also discusses Gonzalez’s love of art: her New York headquarters is pictured with its Campana Brother banquette chair with stuffed alligators and sculpture by Michele Oka Doner. “It is very rewarding to be able to celebrate the heritage of my company with all the people that have contributed to its success,” Gonzalez said. “All images, artwork and definitions that were chosen for this book were taken from my current or past inspiration boards and were chosen for their memorable impact on my life.” Golbin is chief curator for the fashion and textiles collections at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
PUECH’S PUSH: Known for its tribal, often peasantlike take on handbags, Jamin Puech is bringing its whimsical style to more categories. The French handbag firm is launching footwear and watch collections for spring, retailing at its New York flagship, online and at specialty stores worldwide. The footwear features four shapes, including a ballet flat, a Seventies-inspired kitten-heeled mule and two heeled-sandal styles with adjustable ankle wraps. Footwear prices range from $235 to $410.
The watch collection features brightly colored octagonal, oval and ball-shaped faces in yellow, orange, pink, red and green, retailing from $220 to $270.
“The ultimate aim of the Jamin Puech 2010 spring collection is to continue to offer a selection of colorful accessories, blending humor and originality,” said Puech. “From now on, each client will be able to match their colorful Jamin Puech handbag to one or several Jamin Puech accessories, whether it is a watch, a purse, a necklace or shoes.”
FGX ADDS EYEWEAR: FGX International, a designer and marketer of nonprescription reading glasses and sunglasses, has acquired Corinne McCormack Inc., a New York-based eyewear and accessories firm, for $1.45 million in cash. CMI will be a stand-alone division of FGX International. The line includes reading glasses, sunglasses, optic necklaces, as well as eyeglass cases and novelty items, such as necklace magnifiers and optic pendants. CMI products are sold in better specialty and department stores in more than 2,000 locations, such as Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and LensCrafters.
“The acquisition of CMI strengthens our competitive position in the over-the-counter reading glasses category by taking us into higher-end channels and adding the fashion-forward styling that Corinne McCormack is known for,” said Alec Taylor, chief executive officer of FGX International.
Based in Smithfield, R.I., FGX International operates an array of eyewear brands, including Foster Grant, Magnivision, Angel and PolarEyes reading glasses and sunglasses. It holds licenses for brands such as Ironman, Levi Strauss, Body Glove and C9 by Champion.
TURK TAKES ON ACCESSORIES: Trina Turk is ramping up her accessories business. After a few seasons away from bags, the Southern California-based brand will launch a casual collection of tote, shoulder and beach bags for spring with three clear vinyl bodies and five canvas bodies priced from $100 to $176. “What we have decided to do is capitalize on our strength: great graphic prints,” said Turk, who singled out a vibrant Palmetto print as among the strongest for the bags. Everything But Water and Nordstrom will carry the bags. For spring, Turk will also expand her capsule holiday jewelry collection with about 20 necklaces, cuffs, rings and earrings mostly in gold plate featuring cabochon stones, resin and glass beads retailing from $66 to $248. The jewelry will sell at Cusp and, along with the bags, in Trina Turk stores — the seventh opened Oct. 26 in Bal Harbour, Fla. Bags and jewelry are produced in-house, but Turk said she is looking to market sunglasses and footwear as well, most likely in partnerships with licensees. She said Trina Turk could reintroduce leather handbags by fall 2011.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews