NATIVE SCENE: Kokopelli Gallery, a store specializing in Native American jewelry, celebrated its new SoHo location with traditional performances from Native American tribal dancers.
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The 600-square-foot store-gallery moved from Thompson Street to 152 Prince Street in Manhattan. Its new space features walls painted in a dark orange color reminiscent of desert motifs. Kokopelli sells silver, gold and gemstone pieces from tribes including the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi.
“The original store looked more like a contemporary jewelry store and we designed this store to have more of a gallery feel with traditional Native American themes,” said owner Paul Dumont.
Prices for the jewelry range from $20 to $20,000 for special pieces. Many items have traditional Native American and desert motifs and themes, such as maize earrings and lizard pins.
OAKLEY’S NEW DEALS: Iacon Inc., the sunglass retailer owned by Oakley Inc., will be stepping up its retail presence over the next year with seven new units.
The seven stores include the Beverly Center in Los Angeles; Sunvalley Mall in Concord, Calif.; Woodfield Mall in Chicago; Cherry Creek Mall in Denver; Nev.; Mall at Millenia in Orlando, and The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N.J.
The stores will operate under the Sporting Eyes, Sunglass Designs and Occhiali da Sole names.