GOLDBAGS: There are goldfingers, goldmembers — and gold logos. The most fabulous of recent movie promotional items is the logo tote New Line Cinema has sent out to promote its new release “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” The bag is very similar to the Louis Vuitton version, with gold on brown and big “G”’s where the LV’s should be. It also includes a change purse and a canvas “G” file folder inside. Vuitton executives in New York said they hadn’t seen the bag and couldn’t comment on possible copyright infringement or counterfeiting charges. A New Line spokeswoman stressed the bag won’t be for sale and that the company thought it was a fun idea because Austin Powers is a Seventies icon just like Vuitton. Besides, she added, it was a way for New Line to brand its iconic “G.” So, now, what does Gucci think?
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Meanwhile, following a screening in New York of the film Wednesday night, Beyoncé Knowles sashayed into Barneys wearing a body-hugging gold gown and said she’ll next be filming “Fighting Temptations” with Cuba Gooding Jr. Other guests included Carol Alt, Nicole Miller, Howard Socol and Spike Lee, who said his next movie, “The 25th Hour” with Edward Norton, will be released in December. A source estimated “Goldmember” will do $75 million in its first weekend.
GUCCI TO ORDER: Fueled by the success of its custom-made project for men that started this spring, Gucci is extending the service to accessories. Starting in early November, hardcore Gucci-ettes will be able to indulge with a line of made-to-order bags that consists of about six styles, inspired by iconic models from the Gucci archives and available in an array of hides, from the mainstream calfskin to luxe crocodile, said a source close to the company. Customers also will be able to pick the hardware and have the bag monogrammed. The wait is at least four months. The service will most likely only be available in Gucci’s flagship boutiques in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills. At the same time, the luxury goods house will introduce a limited-edition line of bags and made-to-order men’s shoes.
NEW DIGS: The British knight Sir Paul Smith keeps expanding his land holdings. The designer has just purchased a former fruit and vegetable warehouse for his new London headquarters. The 30,000-square-foot space, on Kean Street, will house all of the company’s offices and showrooms. The designer and his team plan to move in early next year, a Paul Smith spokeswoman said.
COACH CLASS: At Coach’s summer party, held at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on Wednesday, MTV’s “Spring Break” host Molly Sims created a stir when she showed up with a ragged suede fringe handbag that, well, didn’t look like it was signature Coach. President and creative executive officer Reed Krakoff quickly produced the company’s “Garden Party” satchel, and Sims happily traded the old for the new. Perhaps it kept her from feeling guilty for not staying in that night. “My Yorkshire terrier Poupette just had six puppies,” she said. “I have been getting very little sleep and am a nervous wreck.”