By and and and  on July 7, 2008

With the world fiscal crisis top of mind, accessories designers and executives are looking ahead to the second half of 2008 and beyond.

Marc Hruschka, president and chief executive officer of Chopard in the U.S.

WWD: What products or categories are you enthusiastic about?

Marc Hruschka: The expansion of our high jewelry assortment. From a watch standpoint, the new mini Happy Sports are highly anticipated. The Mille Miglia additions are fantastic and right in line with where the [watch] category is going.

WWD: How has the fiscal crisis affected your strategy?

M.H.: We've definitely seen and targeted more international clients. At the same time, we've done an excellent job of tapping our existing clientele and maximizing opportunities with them.

WWD: What price points are selling best?

M.H.: For jewelry and watches, the $10,000 to $25,000 [bracket] is very strong and the $100,000-plus price points for high jewelry and watches are still healthy.

WWD: Hot ticket items for holiday?

M.H.: Mille Miglia Speedblack Chronograph, Happy Sport in White Ceramic and Happy Sport in Black DLC.
Deborah Lloyd, co-president and creative director of Kate Spade

WWD: What products or categories are you enthusiastic about?

Deborah Lloyd: Our small collection of cocktail apparel exclusive to our own stores and the launch of our new jewelry collection for holiday. It's colorful, fun and makes a statement.

WWD: How would you say the fiscal crisis has affected your retail strategy?

D.L.: We don't believe it's appropriate to shift our strategy in response to the current conditions. We believe we must continue to evolve our product assortment, complete a redesign of our retail stores and communicate this to the consumer as planned.

WWD: What price point is selling best?

D.L.: About $300 to $350.

WWD: Hot ticket items for holiday?

D.L.: Graphic mittens and hats, bold jewelry, whimsical satin clutches, watercolor floral prints, bold colorful two-toned pieces, soft metallics, pet products and our Par Avion collection that's ideal for travel. As for handbags, the Sullivan Street Melita is our pick of the season.

WWD: What is the strongest geographic market for you right now?

D.L.: New York

WWD: In which market do you anticipate the most growth this year?

D.L.: California 

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