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: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)