LEG WORK: “A girl for all seasons” was the theme Tuesday night when Sculptz took over New York’s Glasshouses to show off its latest legwear and shapewear collection. Celebrity stylist Robert Verdi joined Jean P. Vernor, president and chief executive officer at Sculptz, to host the event.
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“My entire styling career has helped me understand the complexities of how different every woman’s body is,” Verdi said. “My job is more than finding a pretty dress. It’s giving my client the tools to look their best and feel confident and Sculptz is one of those tools.”
After selling at retail for the first time last year, Sculptz has gone on to premiere on different platforms around the world, as well as on QVC, where Vernor said the line has cultivated a strong following. But Vernor expects her first New York event to officially mark the line’s entrance into the market.
“We had successful launch events during fashion week in London and Toronto which coincided with multiple retailer launches in both countries,” Vernor said. “The New York City debut officially introduces the brand to the U.S. market and we feel that clients, retailers and press will gravitate towards our unique product offerings.”
TWO OF A KIND: Erickson Beamon designer Karen Erickson partnered with Stacey Bendet, designer of Alice + Olivia, on a limited edition jewelry collection hitting stores this spring.
Retailing from $278 to $393, Erickson Beamon for Alice + Olivia mixes a sensible, contemporary aesthetic with cutting-edge style. Pieces include a tangle chain necklace with leather and floral detail as well as a leather floral bangle with crystal accents.
“We created the jewelry that Stacey would want to wear and if Stacey would wear it, we knew her fans would wear it,” Erickson said.
Bendet has been carrying Erickson Beamon’s signature line in her stores for years and, said, “I love how their jewelry styles with Alice + Olivia clothing.”
Expected retailers include Intermix, Bergdorf Goodman and Shopbop.com.
ELLINGTON TAPS HANSEN: Ellington Handbags has a new leader. Gary Hansen has been named president and chief executive officer of the Portland, Ore.-based accessories firm. Formerly president of Pacific Trail Inc., an international supplier of outdoor apparel, Hansen joined Ellington earlier this month.
“Gary has a broad base of multifunctional operating experience and is an excellent leader and senior-level manager,” said William Dragon Jr., Ellington board member and former ceo of London Fog Industries. “His experience guiding organizations through times of change will be an asset as Ellington grows into a leading handbag brand.”
Hansen will also serve on Ellington’s board, alongside members of the Chicago-based private equity firm UIB Capital, which purchased Ellington in 2006.
MILLY’S FRESH GLOW: Michelle Smith’s Milly label is favored by women seeking sophisticated yet feminine clothing, and with these women in mind, Smith decided to launch a jewelry collection.
“From the time I was a girl, I was always into vintage jewelry. It is a passion of mine, so I thought it would be a great addition to the Milly collection,” said Smith, Milly’s designer and founder.
For the premier collection, Smith took bright colors and inspirations from the spring line and created Lucite necklaces, gold-plated link bracelets and turquoise and orange enamel cuffs. Each of the 50 styles will retail between $75 and $325 at select department stores this spring.
Smith’s husband Andrew Oshrin, Milly’s president and chief executive officer, estimated the line would do between $800,000 and $1.25 million in wholesale in its first year, but added the business could double the following year.
“Our jewelry allows the aspirational shopper that can’t necessarily afford Milly clothing to buy some nicely designed pieces,” Oshrin said.
SHOES FOR A CAUSE: Ugg is enlisting some heavy fashion hitters for its seventh annual Art & Sole auction, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The Australian accessories firm asked designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Carlos Falchi and Rebecca Minkoff to design a one-of-a-kind Ugg boot to be auctioned at uggaustralia.com from Dec. 1 to 14.