SPADE'S NEW NOTE: Designer Kate Spade is adding another category to her repertoire. Kate Spade LLC has signed a licensing agreement with the Dalton, Mass.-based stationer Crane & Co. to produce a line of social stationery called Kate Spade for Crane's.
The first collection, including custom wedding invitations, personalized stationery and holiday and note cards, will bow in January in Crane & Co. stores, as well as in Kate Spade boutiques, where an area will be devoted to the assortment.
The new line features Spade's quirky and feminine Sixties vibe, with vintage floral patterns, black-and-white awning stripes and colors that include bright fuchsia, yellow and kelly green.
VIRTUAL BLING: Fragments, the New York-based jeweler and wholesale company, has relaunched its three-year-old Web site, fragments.com.
The site features some 400 styles from 40 up-and-coming and novelty jewelry and accessory designers, including Caroline Bucci, Dana Kellin, Mallary Marks and Miguel Ases, and is geared toward gift-giving. The gifting section asks the consumer questions such as what is the recipient's style and skin tone, what is the gift-giving occasion and what is the desired price range of the gift.
The site also divides the jewelry into trends such as "Jewel Tones," "Gold Standard" and "Long and Layered," and provides a link to buy a piece seen in an editorial. Prices for jewelry on the site start at $45 for silver hoop earrings and go up to $1,500 for a gold and diamond necklace.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: The Accessories Council is hosting a memorial breakfast in memory of its former president and founder, Sheila Block, who died of leukemia in July. The breakfast will be at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, located at 12 East 53rd Street in Manhattan, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 19.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"