In a frenzy of activity Saturday, 19 dresses were sold in one hour. The trunk show followed a Friday night benefit for the Drexel University Crystal Star Award Gala at the school’s Mandell Theatre.
At the store, hot sellers included eight black and white houndstooth suits at $2,500; nine gray and white wool plaid suits with fake fur collars at $2,550; six gray double-face wool suits at $2,600, and 11 blue wool crepe dresses with jackets at $3,400.
ROMPOLO’S ROUNDUP: Dominick Rompolo has roped in sales of $189,000 at three trunk shows in Texas over the last two weeks.
June 15-16, his fall collection sold 91 units at Leonard Rutan in Houston, for a total of $59,000. The bestseller was a mocha wool crepe coat and chemise with ruffle front, selling 19 pieces at $975.
At Lilly Dodson in Dallas on June 17-18, orders hit $90,000 for 105 pieces. Top numbers were a wool jersey ribbed dress with scarf, selling 11 units at $765, and a short Empire jacket and dress in black wool crepe at $960, selling seven sets.
Monday and Tuesday, the collection moved to Julian Gold in San Antonio, where the line rang up $40,000. Bestsellers included six of the wool jersey dresses at $765 and three of the black Empire jacket and dress ensembles at $960.
YL HITS WEST SIDE: Yair Levy, president and designer of the apparel manufacturer YL by Yair, has opened his first shop, a 1,000-square-foot space at Columbus Avenue and West 74th Street in New York. It is expected to have first-year sales of about $700,000. It will sell the full line of YL dresses and sportswear, including suits, at $300 and under, dresses at $178 to $230, blouses at $98 to $140 and pants and skirts at $140 to $180, as well as a licensed line of YL by Yair small leather goods and accessories. The company is looking for additional sites on the Upper East Side and on lower Fifth Avenue and hopes to open two more stores by the end of the year.
HILSBERG, HILFIGER HONORED: Marshall Hilsberg, chairman and ceo of Lord & Taylor, and designer Tommy Hilfiger are the recipients of this year’s National Humanitarian Award from The National Conference of Christians and Jews. The presentation will take place Oct. 20 at the Pierre Hotel in New York, at the annual men’s, women’s and children’s apparel group luncheon.