CLIMB ANY MOUNTAIN: There are all kinds of goodwill acts, but for leather goods firm Stone Mountain, charity starts at home with a soft leather shoulder bag.
Last month, the New York Parks and Recreation Department honored Stone Mountain, its president, Kenny Orr, and a group of 40 women who have moved from welfare to employment through the NYPRD’s training program, at a luncheon held in Central Park’s Arsenal at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue.
At the event, Stone Mountain presented each of the women with a handbag.
"When anyone is interviewed for a job, she should look as professional as possible," Orr said. "To that end, we have been giving women smart, elegant leather handbags as attractive accessories to go along with their new professional wardrobes."
In addition to Stone Mountain handbags, the women were given helpful advice on appropriate attire by the Dress For Success Foundation.
"I know how hard it is to overcome adversity," Orr said. "I am giving back a very little, but it’s something."
MILLER’S NEW BAG: The late August rain didn’t stop Nicole Miller fans from heading to Lord & Taylor’s New York flagship recently to meet the designer and check out her new fall handbags.
A number of other accessories designers, including Eric Javits, Adrienne Landau and Elizabeth Gillett, were also on hand as part of L&T’s two-day Accent on Accessories event. Held in conjunction with the Accessories Council, the event featured designers and company representatives showing customers their fall products and was accompanied by window displays featuring fall accessories.
L&T, which has held Accent on Accessories for the last three seasons, in the last two years has been working to add more diversity to its accessories offerings and make the department more trendy. The flagship moved its legwear department to the eighth floor in order to give more room to its burgeoning accessories department, which now includes a wider range of vendors and new designers.
NEW DIGS: Luxury leather goods firm Lambertson Truex has moved its showroom to a sun-filled space at 230 West 17th St. in New York."We needed more space," said co-founder John Truex. "With the more recent launches of our shoe and belt collections, it was time to showcase our collections all together."
The 6,000-square-foot showroom showcases the firm’s entire line, including bags, shoes, belts and small leather goods, as well as the new men’s line and pet accessories collection.
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