NEW YORK — Bridge resource Andrea Jovine is relaunching her line for fall with a revamped collection of knit and woven separates that popularized her name in the Nineties.
The new line will be geared at department stores and is being produced through a partnership with International Women’s Apparel, the women’s division of Chicago-based Hartmarx Corp. Pants will also be a key focus for the designer this time. Austin Reed, Ted Baker, Alex and Hawkfley & Wight are other brands under the IWA umbrella.
Jovine, best known for its wool jersey separates, generated more than $75 million in wholesale volume at its peak and was a solid resource at department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and Dillard’s. The company dissolved in August 1998, after 15 years in business, due to financial problems stemming from the fallout of the bridge market and problems with chargebacks.
Since then, Jovine has worked as an interior designer and will continue to do so along with the apparel venture. Her husband, Victor Coopersmith, was chairman and chief executive officer of Coopersmith Enterprises, which owned the bridge sportswear firm Andrea Jovine. He died at age 51 while swimming in Lake Powell, Ariz., in 1998.
This story first appeared in the February 5, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.