MONIQUE NAMES BIHN: Monique Handbags, a firm specializing in mass market merchandise, has appointed Jon Bihn to the new post of president.
Bihn has taken over the responsibilities previously handled by senior vice presidents Barry Lipstein and Howard Drucker, both of whom resigned from the firm last month. Neither could be reached for comment.
Bihn was president of Joseph Bernard, a handbag company in New York that closed last month. According to Stu Chizen, executive vice president of Monique's parent company, Lantis Corp., Monique purchased all of Joseph Bernard's remaining inventory. Bihn reports to Chizen.
Both Lantis Corp. and Monique are in New York. Other Lantis divisions include Solargenics sunglasses and the licensed DKNY sunglass line.

TWIST AND SHOUT: DCNL, a San Leandro, Calif., company, is betting on its new item, the Sophist-O-Twist, to become the next big thing in hair accessories.
The company is projecting first-year wholesale volume of $15 to $20 million for the new accessory, which wholesales at $6.50. The Sophist-O-Twist is a piece of flexible wire encased in a black velour cover with a hole in the middle. Hair can be pulled through the hole and then wrapped up into various styles.
According to Darryl Cohen, president of DCNL, the item was invented in England last year by a company called D&D Promotions. DCNL is manufacturing the line and has the exclusive U.S. distribution rights. Distribution will be aimed at department stores.

DAUPLAISE LIVES LARGE: Jewelry designer Carol Dauplaise has moved into the special-sizes market with the launch of Expressly for You, a collection designed specifically for large-sized women.
The line, which was launched during the August accessories market, will offer new product five times a year done in materials similar to Dauplaise's signature lines. Wholesale prices for Expressly for You run from $8 to $45.
Dauplaise said she decided on the venture after researching the large-size market and discovering that it is growing, filled with consumers who have the money to spend on department-store quality jewelry but have little to choose from.
Bracelets are at least 8 inches in diameter, and necklaces at least 24 inches in length. These pieces, as well as earrings and pins, are interpreted from current trends in silhouettes and colors, Dauplaise said.
Some pieces in the line will be reorderable "fashion classics" in both career and casual looks, Dauplaise said.
The line will primarily be merchandised within large-size ready-to-wear shops in department stores, rather than the main floor accessories areas.

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