DOOR-TO-DOOR: Lia Sophia, one of the largest sellers of jewelry through direct sales, is launching West End Two today, part of its Red Carpet Collection, at the Lucky Club, the three-day hospitality suite at the Ritz-Carlton in New York staged for Network Upfront Week. The West End Two line marks Lia Sophia’s fourth year of doing high-end collections, designed by Nylon magazine style director Dani Stahl and featuring diamond stretch bracelets, oversize hoops and pieces inspired by Sixties London. The collection retails from $100 for a ring to $2,000 for a crystal and oval-link necklace. Formerly known as Lady Remington, Lia Sophia changed its name and image in 2004. It is still owned and run by the New York-based Kiam family — founders of Lady Remington in 1986 — and has gone from 8,000 sales advisors four years ago to 30,000.
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A LEG UP: Falke, the Schmallenberg, Germany-based legwear firm, is adding a women’s luxury collection to its retail offerings, set for fall. The line’s tights, stay-ups, knee-highs and socks feature premium yarns, such as cashmere, silk and Sea Island cotton. The color range encompasses ruby and beige, tobacco and olive, as well as numerous shades of gray, and black. The legwear is produced exclusively in the Falke knitting plant in Schmallenberg and will retail at select specialty stores from $45 for cotton short socks to $289 for a pair of silk tights.
QUICK SILVER: After last year’s successful collaboration between Alexander McQueen and Samsonite Black Label, the pair is introducing a silver limited edition wheeled luggage collection for fall. Created with Bayer, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics, the bags’ shiny silver coating feature a special UV resistant mirror paint that won’t crack or scratch. The collection will be available in Samsonite Black Label boutiques worldwide from September and retails from $800 to $2,500.