ACCESS CANOVAS: After 30 of years creating some of the most sought-after decorative home fabrics and a successful expansion seven years ago in swimwear, the French fabric firm Manuel Canovas is trying its hand at shoes and accessories.
The firm’s first offerings, for resort deliveries beginning in November, include a simple tote or messenger satchel, organza scarves and mules, espadrilles and flat-thong sandals. The bags are made of cotton velvet or canvas, the latter are available with plastic linings for use at the beach.
Many of the fabrics are from the swimwear line, featuring punchy stripes, florals or sea motifs in colorful combinations of pink and orange, blue and green or khaki and pink, or more subtle pairings such as khaki and black or white.
Wholesale prices range from $53 to $110 for the bags, which are available in four sizes. The scarves are $117, shoes range from $38 to $140.
BULGARI TO GENEVA: Beginning next year, Bulgari will begin showing its annual presentation of new jewelry and watch products in Geneva, Switzerland.
For the last six years, the Italian jeweler has exhibited in the 16th-century Wildt’sches Haus in Basel, Switzerland, in conjunction with the Basel World Watch & Clock fair.
Next spring, Bulgari will show at Espace Sccheron, a loft-like, modern warehouse venue on the right bank of Lake Geneva. The firm will occupy the space from March 30 through April 4, the same dates as the high-end Salon International de la Haute Horologerie, which takes place in Geneva’s Palexpo convention center.
JESSICA’S NEW BAGS: Jessica McClintock is adding handbags for both its signature and Gunne Sax divisions. The bag collections, which will be produced under license to RPL designs, a New York private label firm, will make their debut at the November accessories market for spring retailing.
The Jessica McClintock line will focus on evening and bridal styles, wholesaling from about $10 to $40. Gunne Sax will offer primarily day bags, with prices still to be determined, according to Jack Hedrich, licensing director for McClintock.
Both lines will be distributed to major department and specialty stores as well as the 26 Jessica McClintock stores nationwide.
HANDBAGS FOR HOPE: Stone Mountain is getting behind breast cancer research with The Stone Mountain Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. Beginning with fall deliveries, the handbag company will donate 5 percent of its after-tax profits to research.
The firm’s handbags all will carry a hangtag telling consumers about the fund.
Besides the American Cancer Society, Stone Mountain plans to disperse funds to the Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Center and the Iris Cantor Diagnostic Imaging Center, both divisions within New York’s Memorial-Sloan Kettering, and to New Jersey’s Hackensack Medical Center.