PROMOTION AT SAKS: Marta Nowakowski, senior buyer for fashion jewelry at Saks Fifth Avenue, has been promoted to vice president, divisional merchandise manager, jewelry, effective immediately. She reports to Cody Kondo, group senior vice president, general merchandise manager, women’s shoes, handbags, accessories and jewelry. Nowakowski will manage the business for all fashion and fine jewelry lines, ranging from Alexis Bittar to Graff. She joined the retailer in 2006 as a fashion jewelry buyer. Before Saks, Nowakowski held several buying positions at Bergdorf Goodman and Mitchells/Richards, a family-owned retailer in Connecticut. Nowakowski’s post previously was held by Scott Erdman, who left the company last fall to take on a dmm position at Swirl by DailyCandy, a fashion Web site under Comcast Interactive Media.


PADMA BLOSSOMS: Padma Lakshmi is taking her design to a personal level. The model, “Top Chef” host and fine jewelry designer has created Special Edition Jasmine Flower Earrings for her line, Padma. Twenty percent of the sales of the $350 gold and garnet earrings will benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Lakshmi is a co-founder and board member of the foundation.

“There is no cause closer to my heart,” said Lakshmi, who recently gave birth to her daughter, Krishna. “After years of suffering from endometriosis, I teamed up with the surgeon who literally changed the quality of my life.”
The earrings commemorate the organization’s annual Blossom Ball, to be held May 20 at the New York Public Library. They are available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Mitchells of Westport and Richards of Greenwich.


DEELEY DOES LINKS: Links of London tapped British television personality Cat Deeley as its first global brand ambassador. In her new role, Deeley will be the face of the jewelry firm’s fall advertising campaign across the U.K., U.S. and Asia.

“We selected Cat Deeley for her beauty and fresh London feel, something that embodies the essence of the Links of London brand,” said Links’ creative director Elizabeth Galton.

Deeley is the host of the American and British series, “So You Think You Can Dance.” She also has been the face of Shape Water and a number of Garnier Fructis products, appearing in print and television advertising in the U.K. and Ireland.

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