WARM LAUNDRY: Laundry by Shelli Segal, a division of Liz Claiborne Inc., is brand-building with the launch of a licensed outerwear collection for fall. The Levy Group in New York will design, manufacture and sell the line under the Laundry by Shelli Segal name. The collection will consist of pieces made of cashmere, wool angora blends, fur, shearling and novelty tweeds as well as down activewear. Retailers will review the line next month. It ships in July. Outerwear is the latest addition to the Laundry by Shelli Segal brand, which added footwear and a bridesmaid dress line last year through licensing agreements with Titan Industries and Andy Buchbinder and Brett Levkoff, respectively.

NEW CURRENCY: Showroom owners Betsee Isenberg and Kay Sides have gone bicoastal. The two, who helm the Bank, a showroom emporium at the New Mart in downtown Los Angeles representing about 30 lines, opened a New York outpost last week before Fashion Coterie. Called the Penthouse, the 2,500-square-foot space sits on the 12th floor of the 80 West 40th Street building (a showroom address shared with Seven For All Mankind, Joie and Alice + Olivia), designed with floor-to-ceiling windows, a rotunda entrance and bathrooms tiled in Tiffany abalone shells. It’s claim to fame is eight lines — Robert Rodriguez, Daryl K, Duarte Jeans, Lana Bilzerian, Jet, Tree, Adriano Goldschmied’s new collection GoldSign and the handbags of Anya Hindmarch. Isenberg said the showroom was the former home to the contemporary line Kulson, which stopped shipping in the U.S. in the last year. “With the thought of having the most beautiful showroom and AG asking me to launch his collection in the United States, we figured we had to strike now,” she said.

RUNWAY BOUND: Six Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising graduates have been selected for the FIDM Alumni Association’s “Emerging Artists Unveiled” March 18 runway presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif. This is the first time the alumni group is sponsoring such a show for the graduates. The 1 p.m. showcase will feature Jennifer Blue, Dena Burton, Emily Francisco, Kam Hollis, Urban Geisha by Luna Sardone and Bad Pixie by Jenny Pyle. Chosen from a pool of 30 candidates, the designers presented sketches that had to pass muster with fashion and entertainment industry judges, including designer and FIDM alum Kevan Hall and “Desperate Housewives” costume supervisor Karo Vartanian, along with actual fashion creations.

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