NEW YORK -- Nicole Miller has scored a touchdown with ABC Sports.
The designer's company has signed a license to produce accessories in conjunction with the ABC Sports celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Monday Night Football" this fall.
"She is designing, with our involvement, artwork which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of 'Monday Night Football,"' said Robert Apter, senior vice president of finance and administration at ABC Sports. Apter said he expects most of the merchandise with the Miller designs to be ties.
The connection between Miller and ABC Sports came about through Lynn Swann, the former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who is a friend of Miller's, and Bud Konheim, chairman and chief executive officer of Nicole Miller Ltd.
"We had been trying to work with ABC on some kind of a deal," said Konheim. "Lynn cut through all the mountains of bureaucracy and made it easy as pie."
Konheim noted that while the print design is still in the beginning phase, it will most likely be focused around footballs and the ABC Sports logo. He said that there will be a limited run of the print, with a maximum of about 1,500 pieces.
"ABC will take a hunk of merchandise, and then we'll offer it to some of our other stores," such as Saks Fifth Avenue, said Konheim.
Konheim noted that while the decisions aren't final yet, he expects some other items with the print to be scarves for women and boxer shorts.
There are other merchandising possibilities, he said, noting that apparel manufacturer Schoeneman Inc. has a license to manufacture men's jackets with Nicole Miller linings.
"ABC knows that Schoeneman is a licensee of ours, and they make the official football blazer," said Miller. "We could make one exclusively for ABC with the football lining."
The design will be ready by August, Konheim said, in time for the opening of the 1994-95 football season.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"