Findings: Cord Calling…Techno a Go-Go…Perry Ellis Warms Up
CORD CALLING: Accessories designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord is scouting locations for a store in uptown Manhattan and is planning to move out of his SoHo flagship and into another location within that city neighborhood by Jan. 1. The...
CORD CALLING: Accessories designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord is scouting locations for a store in uptown Manhattan and is planning to move out of his SoHo flagship and into another location within that city neighborhood by Jan. 1. The 5,000-square-foot, two-floor SoHo store, Kieselstein-Cord’s first company-owned retail location, opened on West Broadway in September 2002.
“We took the store with the option to leave after 18 months, and we are now close to finalizing a lease on another similarly sized store within the neighborhood where there is more foot traffic,” said Kieselstein-Cord.
He revealed his plans recently at a Bergdorf Goodman cocktail party, where he feted his first collection of diamond jewelry, called Kieselstein-Cord Premier. The party drew an eclectic crowd, including Mary McFadden, former Time Warner honcho Bob Pittman, Massimo Ferragamo and showroom owner Cynthia O’Connor.
Priced from about $700 to $1.5 million, the jewelry includes plenty of 18-karat gold and diamonds and is produced under a partnership with diamond company Premier Gem Co.
TECHNO A GO-GO: Emanuel Ungaro has joined the made-to-order accessories melee, but on its own terms.
Creative director Giambattista Valli has created collectible handbags and shoes that take the themes of his recent spring runway collection to a new zenith.
“There’s a certain level of customer who loves exclusive pieces, and for us, it’s a way to maximize the creativity on our accessories,” he said during a preview of the line. “I’m trying to bring out all the most sophisticated techniques of Ferragamo [which owns Ungaro].”
With wedge heels composed of silver chains woven like a basket, the shoes also boast tasseled cords snaking up the ankle. The handmade shoes, with the handwritten autograph of the Ferragamo worker in Florence who made them, will retail for about $2,000 and take about two months to produce from the time of order.
Meanwhile, handbags elaborate on the electronic-gadgets theme shown on the runway. Some are in the shape of cameras and others a bulbous set of audio headphones. The pinnacle is a $4,640 evening bag resembling a camcorder and paved in pink Swarovski crystals. The viewfinder is a mirror.PERRY ELLIS WARMS UP: Perry Ellis International Inc., has signed a licensing agreement with Amiee Lynn Inc., for a collection of cold-weather accessories.
The licensee will manufacture and distribute hats, scarves and gloves for the Perry Ellis and Perry Ellis Portfolio labels. George Feldenkreis, chairman and chief executive officer of Perry Ellis International, said the new licensing deal is a further step in the repositioning of Perry Ellis women’s wear. Hats are expected to hit retail next spring, with scarves and gloves to follow in the fall.
MARTA’S NEXT MOVE: Marta Nowakowski has joined Mitchells of Westport and Richards in Greenwich, both stores in Connecticut, as senior buyer for nonapparel goods, including jewelry, shoes and handbags.
Nowakowski previously worked at Bergdorf Goodman for more than six years, most recently as senior buyer for jewelry and watches. During her tenure at Bergdorf’s, the store added such vendors as Buccelati and Vhernier and opened its watch boutique last August. Nowakowski reports to president Bob Mitchell.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye