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A MILESTONE: Early e-commerce adopter Ylang 23 turns 25 next week, and the high-end jewelry site will commemorate the milestone with a limited edition charm bracelet conceived by its top jewelry designers. Sales of the bracelet will benefit six different charities, and each will be priced from $245 to $700.
Charles and Joanne Teichman founded the retailer under the name Ylang-Ylang in Dallas in 1986, and the name was shortened to Ylang 23 nine years later. The Teichmans began selling multibrand jewelry on the Web in 2000 and were considered trailblazers for largely pioneering an online market for fine jewelry. Current featured designers include Cathy Waterman, Irene Neuwirth and Paul Morelli.
TOKYO T’S: Japanese fashion brands Undercover, Sacai Luck, Kolor, N. Hollywood and White Mountaineering are in a charitable mood these days. Each house crafted a special T-shirt to benefit a project called Atelier Incurve, which provides training, work space and exhibition venues for mentally handicapped artists in Japan.
Atelier Incurve kicked off an exhibition of its artists’ work with a party in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district on Monday night. The T-shirts, which retail for 5,040 yen, or about $60, made their retail debut at the event. They are now available at several United Arrows locations and can be purchased online through Cibone, Yoox and Zozotown.