Isda & Co., a San Francisco-based sportswear firm, has introduced a new line of bags and belts to coordinate with its clothing collections.
"We wanted to offer a complete lifestyle approach to dressing," said Isda Funari, the firm's designer. "Accessories are a natural progression from our sportswear."
Funari, whose studio is surrounded by California redwood trees, said she is greatly inspired by nature and favors all-natural fabrics such as linen, flax and silk. Wholesale prices for the bag, belt and small leather goods that comprise the line range from $24 to $85. Funari projected a wholesale volume of $100,000 on the spring collection.
Kata Eyes The Future
Two-year-old Kata Eyewear, Culver City, Calif., is entering the next phase of its evolution with Evos, its newest line.
Unlike the nature-inspired motifs Kata has used in previous eyewear collections, Evos is designed around a modern and alomost futuristic theme. According to Blake Kuwahara, Kata's designer, the collection has the look of the Nineties - very minimalist in neutral colors such as silver, pewter, granite and brown.
"Evos is very aerodynamic, minimal, sensual," Kuwahara said. "To me, it's about the fluidity of human movement."
The Japanese-made frames feature seamless-looking temples and an interplay between matte and shiny materials. Evos eyewear wholesales from $125 to $135, and first-year wholesale volume is projected at about $3 million. The frames will be available here in January at Barneys New York and Morgenthal Fredrics.
Prima Classe's Mapless Journey
Milan-based handbag firm Prima Classe doesn't need a map anymore to show it the way to go. And it's headed in a new, simpler direction.
Looking for a more classic look that would work well with the map-print bags the company is know for, Prima Classe designer and owner Alviero Martini has done a collection of about a dozen styles of plain brown leather bags with goldplated hardware.
The bags, which wholesale from $150 to $250, will debut exclusively at Bloomingdale's this month. First-year wholesale volume on the line is projected at $50,000.
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