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.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
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