A FIRST FOR SEARLE: Outerwear maker Searle Blatt Ltd. will introduce its first full accessories line at its five New York stores around Aug. 15.
Though the company has done accessory items before, it has never shown a complete collection. This debut fall group will consist of hats, gloves, scarves and wraps done in shearlings as well as luxury fibers such as mohairs and cashmeres. Retail prices will run from $35 to $2,100. The company is also rolling out footwear, priced from $100 to $400.
All of the accessories will be produced at Searle's New York factory. No wholesale distribution is planned at this time, according to a company spokeswoman.
DOUBLE FEATURE: When the next edition of the Accessorie Circuit trade show opens on Aug. 7, it won't be alone.
The three-day show, which is taking place at the Plaza Hotel in New York, will run concurrently with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) show. Because the August accessories and footwear markets coincide, FFANY and ENK Productions, the company that puts on the Accessorie Circuit, made the decision to run at the same time in the same venue in order to gain crossover traffic, according to a spokeswoman for ENK.
This combination is a first for both shows and will be done for the upcoming market only. Last August, the Accessorie Circuit moved to the Waldorf Astoria because FFANY was at the Plaza. "We're basically doing it in deference to the common market week, to make it easier on buyers who would be shopping both shows anyway," the spokeswoman said.
Registration for the two events will be separate, she noted, but all attendees will be encouraged to visit both shows.
ON THE WATERFRONT: Fashion Accessories Industry Together for Health (FAITH), the charitable organization of the accessories business, is going afloat with its annual benefit function.
FAITH's "Rock The Boat" dinner cruise will take place July 18 on the Spirit of New York. Tickets are $75 per person, and proceeds will go to God's Love We Deliver. Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m. for the three-hour event.DEPARTURES AT JANSPORT: Two executives, Harlan Gardiner and Jim Salzenstein, have exited JanSport, the backpack firm that is a division of VF Corp.
Gardiner was senior vice president of retail marketing and Salzenstein was vice president of consumer marketing. Both left to pursue other interests, according to a statement from the company. Neither could be reached for comment.
Replacements have not been named yet, and in the interim, company president Paul Delorey will handle the duties of both positions.
JanSport is based in Appleton, Wis., and also has offices in Everett, Wash., and New York.
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