AMEREX NAMES SENIOR VP
Geoffrey M. Skolnick has been named senior vice president of Amerex (USA), a New York importer of women’s, children’s and men’s outerwear and sportswear. It is a new post.
Skolnick, who will be responsible for operations and finance, was most recently executive vice president of Accessory Network Group. He reports to Stuart M. Cohen, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Dimitri Uomo Ltd. is reentering the wholesale arena for fall 1994 with separate women’s and men’s collections under the Dimitri Donna, Dimitri Couture and Dimitri Uomo labels.
The new company is a joint venture between designer Piero Dimitri and Nervesa Moda Uomo, a manufacturing firm based in Trevos, Italy. Vincent D’Eletto, who was the company’s director of sales before it dropped wholesale operations 10 years ago, has been named vice president of sales, overseeing all divisions.
Dimitri’s made-to-order studios in New York and West Hollywood, Calif., will continue.
Dimitri Donna, a women’s ready-to-wear collection, will wholesale for $175 to $450. D’Eletto projects first-year volume at $2.5 million for the Donna division.
Dimitri Couture, a line of men’s tailored clothes, Dimitri Uomo, a men’s casual collection, and the Donna line are designed by Piero Dimitri and manufactured in Italy by Nervesa. Showrooms for the collections have opened at 46 West 55th St., New York.
Prior to rejoining the company, D’Eletto was national sales manager for Sereti Ltd., a women’s leather outerwear and separates firm based in New York.
MUTO AT THE OPERA
Anthony Muto, who has been the head designer for such firms as Adele Simpson and Joan Raines, has done the costumes for the current Opera Manhattan production of “Le Marchand de Venise” by Reynaldo Hahn. It runs through Wednesday in the main sanctuary of St. Peter’s Church at the Citicorp Center in New York. It’s Muto’s second venture with opera. Last spring he designed the costumes for the same company’s production of Faure’s “Penelope.”
EVA DOES DRESSES
Designer Eva Chun has opened a separate dress division for spring under the Eva Dresses label. Chun said the line is focused on “classic occasion dressing” and will wholesale for $270 to $300. This is well below Chun’s signature collection, which wholesales for $500 to $1,500 and concentrates on day-into-evening ensemble dressing.
“The collection is real investment dressing,” Chun said. “The idea with the new division is to offer something more affordable that’s not a huge investment.”
Chun projects volume at $1 million to $2 million for the division’s first year, which begins with shipments at the end of this month. The five-year-old company had a sales of $3.5 million in 1993.
Short, simple fit-and-flare and A-line shapes are important, Chun said, as are dresses with jackets. Key fabrics include silk satin, silk organza, silk moire and rayon and cotton lace.