BETSEY'S NEW BAUBLES: Miriam Haskell, a New York-based fashion jewelry company, has signed a licensing agreement to create Betsey Johnson jewelry.
The collection will be launched during November market and is expected to be available in spring 2006 in 200 to 250 doors. The styles, true to Johnson's whimsical and bright aesthetic, will retail from $25 to $150.
Miriam Haskell also has a license with JLo and recently inked a deal with ornament maker Christopher Radko to produce Christmas-inspired jewelry, which ships to stores in September. Haskell projects the Radko line to generate $2.5 million this year.
VELOCITY GIRL: Superleggera was an Italian automobile touring club from the Fifties that constructed ultralight car bodies for many of the most prestigious brands. Now, it is the namesake of Chanel's new J12 Superleggera watch.
The timepiece has high-tech Swiss movements, weight-reducing aluminum details, a dual chronometer and a built-in tachometer that allows speed to be calculated in kilometers per hour.
Just as many women as men were ogling the new watch, which arrives in Chanel stores and select boutiques this October and retails for $6,100, at the June 16 party cohosted by Vitals that celebrated its launch. The party brought together 160 guests in a West Village loft in Manhattan that was no mere event space. This loft was transformed into a chic bachelor pad, with accents of black, white and gray, a full bar and, of course, a sleek motorcycle parked casually in the corner.
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: Mark Talucci and Todd Elliott, co-founders of the San Francisco-based handbag brand The Sak, last week were given professional services provider Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for retail and consumer products in Northern California.
"As a company, we have never entered something like this before," said Talucci. "But [Ernst & Young works] on our books and accounting, and encouraged us to go for it. It's nice to be recognized as a viable business in the business community, even though we're in the world of fashion."
The Sak was the only fashion brand invited by Ernst & Young to compete for the award, and the company was chosen from among some 65 competitors. Winners, which were announced in nine other categories, including lifetime achievement and realizing business potential, will be entered in a competition for overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, to be announced this fall.PEARL GIRLS: The women of the Central Park Conservancy gathered at the Mikimoto boutique in New York on Tuesday in honor of the Tree Trust of the Women's Committee. Present at the event were Gail Hilson, Cathy Ingram, Audrey Gruss and committee president Karen Lefrak.
Mikimoto, which featured store window displays showcasing pearl jewelry among miniature benches and a bird's nest, announced its donation of a tree in Central Park in honor of the night's guests. The company also introduced the Tree of Life brooch, made of gold branches and pearl leaves; 15 percent of its sales will benefit the Tree Trust.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion