DEREON DEBUT: Beyoncé and Tina Knowles’ fashion label, House of Deréon, will exclusively outfit the members of Destiny’s Child on their new tour, “Destiny Fulfilled,” which starts this month and is to hit 40 cities in the U.S. and 35 cities overseas. Tina Knowles and her design team have produced 60 original ensemble costumes for her daughter, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams in luxury fabrics such as imported leathers, stretch silk, silk charmeuse, crystal mesh and silk chiffon. The costumes feature custom finishing and beading made of Swarovski crystals. The House of Deréon young contemporary sportswear collection is slated to launch in select department and specialty stores in October.
NEW FACE: Bulgari has purchased a 50 percent stake in Swiss dial manufacturer Cadrans Design S.A. Laurent Ryser, founder and head of Cadrans Design, will hold the other 50 percent of the company and continue in his role there. Cadrans, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, will continue to supply dials to other watchmaking brands. Bulgari said in a statement that the agreement reinforces the jeweler’s relationship with Cadrans and grants the group’s three brands — Bulgari, Daniel Roth and Gerald Genta — “more efficiency in purchases and a better service to the customers by a faster production of complicated and high-end watches.” Cadrans has 28 employees and last year reported sales of about 3 million Swiss francs, or $3.6 million at current exchange rates.
MACKAY TO SAMSONITE: Quentin Mackay has joined Samsonite as global creative director, a new position. Mackay had spent three years as head designer at British handbag firm Tanner Krolle until his departure in February. He will report to chief executive officer Marcello Bottolli and help lead the brand when it relaunches lifestyle and travel accessories later this month. It will focus more on luxury and addressing customers’ travel and lifestyle needs. Adele Clark, formerly of Hussein Chalayan and Asprey, has taken over as head designer at Tanner Krolle.
BIDDING GAMES: Alliance Designers has taken to the art of acquisitions. After purchasing French fashion house Louis Féraud last February, the upstart luxury group owned by French entrepreneur Alain Dumenil has put in a bid to buy Poiray, the Paris-based jeweler that filed for the French equivalent of Chapter 11 debt protection last May. Details of the bid have not been disclosed. Meanwhile, FM Industries, a French watch and jewelry manufacturer, is said to have offered a rival bid of 6.5 million euros, or $8.5 million at current exchange. Neither company could be reached for comment. The French commercial court is expected to render a decision on Poiray’s new ownership on April 18.
This story first appeared in the April 12, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.