GONZALEZ IN PRINT: Nancy Gonzalez will describe her rise to becoming a leading exotic skin handbag designer in “Nancy Gonzalez,” written by her friend, Pamela Golbin, which comes out next month ($18.95, Assouline). Golbin explains how the Cali, Colombia native weaves elements from her culture with high fashion in the form of colorful clutches, tonal embellished bags in crocodile and woven python satchels. The book also discusses Gonzalez’s love of art: her New York headquarters is pictured with its Campana Brother banquette chair with stuffed alligators and sculpture by Michele Oka Doner. “It is very rewarding to be able to celebrate the heritage of my company with all the people that have contributed to its success,” Gonzalez said. “All images, artwork and definitions that were chosen for this book were taken from my current or past inspiration boards and were chosen for their memorable impact on my life.” Golbin is chief curator for the fashion and textiles collections at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
PUECH’S PUSH: Known for its tribal, often peasantlike take on handbags, Jamin Puech is bringing its whimsical style to more categories. The French handbag firm is launching footwear and watch collections for spring, retailing at its New York flagship, online and at specialty stores worldwide. The footwear features four shapes, including a ballet flat, a Seventies-inspired kitten-heeled mule and two heeled-sandal styles with adjustable ankle wraps. Footwear prices range from $235 to $410.
The watch collection features brightly colored octagonal, oval and ball-shaped faces in yellow, orange, pink, red and green, retailing from $220 to $270.
“The ultimate aim of the Jamin Puech 2010 spring collection is to continue to offer a selection of colorful accessories, blending humor and originality,” said Puech. “From now on, each client will be able to match their colorful Jamin Puech handbag to one or several Jamin Puech accessories, whether it is a watch, a purse, a necklace or shoes.”
FGX ADDS EYEWEAR: FGX International, a designer and marketer of nonprescription reading glasses and sunglasses, has acquired Corinne McCormack Inc., a New York-based eyewear and accessories firm, for $1.45 million in cash. CMI will be a stand-alone division of FGX International. The line includes reading glasses, sunglasses, optic necklaces, as well as eyeglass cases and novelty items, such as necklace magnifiers and optic pendants. CMI products are sold in better specialty and department stores in more than 2,000 locations, such as Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and LensCrafters.
“The acquisition of CMI strengthens our competitive position in the over-the-counter reading glasses category by taking us into higher-end channels and adding the fashion-forward styling that Corinne McCormack is known for,” said Alec Taylor, chief executive officer of FGX International.
Based in Smithfield, R.I., FGX International operates an array of eyewear brands, including Foster Grant, Magnivision, Angel and PolarEyes reading glasses and sunglasses. It holds licenses for brands such as Ironman, Levi Strauss, Body Glove and C9 by Champion.
TURK TAKES ON ACCESSORIES: Trina Turk is ramping up her accessories business. After a few seasons away from bags, the Southern California-based brand will launch a casual collection of tote, shoulder and beach bags for spring with three clear vinyl bodies and five canvas bodies priced from $100 to $176. “What we have decided to do is capitalize on our strength: great graphic prints,” said Turk, who singled out a vibrant Palmetto print as among the strongest for the bags. Everything But Water and Nordstrom will carry the bags. For spring, Turk will also expand her capsule holiday jewelry collection with about 20 necklaces, cuffs, rings and earrings mostly in gold plate featuring cabochon stones, resin and glass beads retailing from $66 to $248. The jewelry will sell at Cusp and, along with the bags, in Trina Turk stores — the seventh opened Oct. 26 in Bal Harbour, Fla. Bags and jewelry are produced in-house, but Turk said she is looking to market sunglasses and footwear as well, most likely in partnerships with licensees. She said Trina Turk could reintroduce leather handbags by fall 2011.