CALVIN IN VENICE: Calvin Klein opened its newest 1,200-square-foot CK Jeans store Friday in Venice at the corner of Via Calle del Teatro and Via Calle del Forno, one of the city’s largest shopping areas. The store is the eighth location designed in the company’s new concept using concrete tile floors offset by white walls. Clothes are displayed on fixtures, benches, shelves and doors made of stainless steel, walnut and frosted acrylic. The next two CK Jeans stores will open in Rome and Amsterdam.
E-SHOPPING FOR CHARITY: EBay and Macy’s West have teamed up to open a Macy’s Passport store online to raise funds for HIV and AIDS medical research. Beginning last Monday and running through Oct. 7, Macy’s will sell fashion items donated by celebrities and designers, luxury trips, sports and music memorabilia. Ashley Judd will donate a Badgley Mischka dress she’s sporting on the cover of October Glamour. Joan Collins will select a dress from her closet based on the winning bidder’s personal style. The items will be sold in traditional eBay fashion, with proceeds going directly to Macy’s Passport 2002. Macy’s Passport, Macy’s West’s annual fund-raiser, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with events set for San Francisco (Sept. 18-20) and Los Angeles (Sept. 27-28). The Passport events have raised more than $15 million for HIV and AIDS medical research to date.
MARCOLIN SEES PROFITS DROP: Italian eyewear maker Marcolin’s first-half sales rose, but price-cutting caused a slump in profits. Pretax profit dropped to $3.42 million from $5.47 million. Dollars are converted from euros at current exchange rates. Revenue rose 7.7 percent to $87.46 million, boosted by strong sales of D&G and Roberto Cavalli brand eyewear. Sales at Marcolin’s U.S. unit rose 12 percent to $33.29 million from $29.67 million.
Flammability Update: The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that it will update requirements on the books since 1953 to test flame-resistant levels in apparel to reflect current technology used by the industry. The agency also wants to create a uniform code to report results of these tests. The CPSC said these changes should further reduce the instances of apparel catching fire, which are tied to 153 deaths and 4,000 hospital emergency room visits in the last five years.
RECHARGING THE FASHION BATTERIES: Liz Claiborne and Self magazine are teaming up to help women pique their energy and their wardrobes during fashion week via fitness and fashion tips at Claiborne’s flagship on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street. Celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler will offer fitness tips and fashion consultants will demonstrate fall trends.