BULGARI & THE RITZ: The co-branding concept continues to grow. In one new incarnation, Bulgari, along with fellow luxury goods purveyors Jaguar, Taittinger and Baccarat, has teamed up with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. to offer The Millennium Experience, over-the-top New Year’s weekend packages at their hotels and resorts around the world — extravagant ways to ring in the new century. New Year’s Day 2000 is a Saturday.
The cost: from $485 per night (with a minimum stay of three nights) to the Ultimate Experience, at $100,000. Guests in every Ritz Hotel worldwide will receive Taittinger champagne and two Baccarat champagne flutes in a specially designed gift box and Bulgari Eau Parfumee bath products.
Some packages include gifts of Bulgari scarves, leather goods or watches. Those purchasing the Ultimate Experience will reside in the premier suite in each hotel, receive 24-hour butler service and daily massages, will have the use of a Jaguar car for the weekend and will receive Bulgari 18-karat gold watches.
Included in the cost of each package is the room or suite, New Year’s Day brunch and a special New Year’s Eve event, ranging from a performance by Peter Duchin at the Boston Ritz to a luau at the Ritz resort in Kapalua on the island of Maui in Hawaii, a Viennese Ball in Hong Kong or a safari dinner in Dubai, Saudi Arabia.
A spokeswoman for the hotel chain said before the millennium program was even announced the firm had a waiting list of more than 300 requests for reservations, and expects to sell out in most locations rather quickly.
FRAGMENTS ON FIFTH: The former Cynthia O’Connor and Kate Spade showrooms will barely have a chance to cool down before the new occupant takes possession.
By the end of June, Fragments, owned by Janet Goldman and Jimmy Moore, will take over the space at 392 Fifth Avenue for Fragments on Fifth, an uptown version of their 14-year-old SoHo business. Unlike the SoHo showroom, which specializes in jewelry, other accessories will be offered here.
The roster includes Bettina Duncan handbags and Isabella Fiore handbags, evening wraps and hats, Tarina Tarantino rhinestone hair accessories, Anthony Nak scarves and handbags, Jane Steinberg scarves, Tracy Watts hats, Go Fish handbags and Suzanne Bennett hair accessories.
Jewelry designers Dana Kellin and Caten-Moore will join Fragments’ jewelry-only showroom in SoHo.
“We’ve wanted to offer other accessories besides jewelry, but it was hard to do within the confines of our SoHo space,” said Moore. “For this new venture, we wanted to start off with lines we felt we could give a lot of a attention to.”
“This showroom is really about a long-term view and taking these relatively young names forward and growing,” added Goldman, who said she and Moore would divide their time between the two showrooms and their retail store in SoHo, and would hire a managing director for the Fifth Avenue space.
For those who can’t readily make it downtown, the new space will feature a seasonal display highlighting the key looks in jewelry from the company’s designers.
Go Fish, Bennett, Kellin and Caten-Moore all were formerly with Cynthia O’Connor. Some O’Connor designers have found homes at other multiple-designer accessories showrooms; Summer Thompkins went to Apropo and Roberta Chiarella is now with Yvette Fry.
Sales at Kate Spade, Me & Ro, Slane & Slane and Zoe Metro now are all handled in-house. Tony Graham has no plans to have a New York rep, but will continue with Findings, his rep in Los Angeles.