TUMI SHIFTS: Tumi has named Ira Melnitsky senior vice president, North America, effective Tuesday. In this new role, Melnitsky will report to chief executive officer Laurence Franklin and will be responsible for wholesale, direct-to-consumer businesses, customer services and trade marketing. Most recently, Melnitsky was executive vice president of Ferragamo.
ON A ROLL: Bulgari on Saturday reopened its Madison Avenue store, which was closed for a three-month renovation. The store features two floors with a focus on high-end jewelry and will display rare and archival pieces, including a necklace made of 150 fancy cabochon sapphires. It also has salons for private appointments. The Madison Avenue store has the same contemporary feel as the Fifth Avenue store, which opened in April.
EYES ON BUCHMAN: Dana Buchman has tapped Kenmark Group to create eyewear under the Dana Buchman Vision name. The line, which offers optical and sunglass styles, will bow at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas in October and will hit independent optical retailers in the U.S. in November.
SCHEPPS' STATEMENTS: London is getting a glimpse into the glittering world of New York jeweler Seaman Schepps. A retrospective of his work, "Seaman Schepps (1881-1972): America's Court Jeweller," originally opened at New York's Museum of Art and Design in 2004 and bowed earlier this month at the Gilbert Collection at London's Somerset House. "It wasn't jewelry for the shy and demure; it took some attitude to wear," said Anthony Hopenhajm, co-owner of the jewelry house, during a walk-through of the statement pieces in the exhibition last week. They include bold white and yellow gold cuff bracelets set with haphazardly placed emeralds and rubies, Schepps' signature Turbo shell earrings laced with pearls and diamonds and a necessaire adorned with candy-colored gems and diamond birds.
The exhibition, designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, displays the pieces on simple lead pedestals, lit from below, while vintage magazine covers — Schepps was one of the first jewelers to lend pieces for editorial and advertising shoots — are shown in wooden frames on the wall alongside sketches of his designs. "He realized you could market to women if you offered your product to advertisers," said Hopenhajm. "It was jewelry that flattered women."Alongside the exhibition, which runs until Aug. 27, a sale of Schepps' current jewelry collection will be held at Agnew's gallery on Old Bond Street through Saturday.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty