APPOINTMENTS AT OAKLEY: Eyewear maker Oakley Inc. has named Robert Bruning chief financial officer, filling a spot vacated by Link Newcomb, who was promoted to chief operating officer, a new post. Newcomb has also been added to the board of directors, bringing the number of members to six.
For the last three years, Bruning was chief financial officer at Cobra Golf. Prior to joining Cobra, he spent several years at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
MOSSIMO’S VISION: Mossimo Optic is set to launch two new collections, Moss and Mossimo Giannulli.
Moss is a sunwear collection targeted toward young customers and will wholesale for $30 to $50. It will be available to ship Feb. 15 and will be sold to sunglass retailers and to Mossimo retailers that have not previously carried the optic lines.
The Mossimo Giannulli signature collection is a higher end sunwear line, wholesaling for $135 and up. Six styles will debut at Vision Expo East in New York on March 28 to 31. Deliveries are slated for May 15.
Mossimo Giannulli distribution will be limited to high-end optical and department stores.
MOVADO CHOOSES CHILDREN: Movado chairman Gedalio Grinberg recently gave a $40,000 donation to UNICEF at a champagne reception at the Rockefeller Center Movado store in New York.
UNICEF spokesman and U.S. chairman Hugh Downs received the check, which came from proceeds of sales of Movado’s “Children of the World” watch.
“It’s good business to give to charity,” Downs said. “It gives you a culture within your company. Everybody knows if the company cares for people outside the company, it cares for its people, too.”
Movado will sell 1,000 of the limited-edition watches and will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to children’s charities such as the U.S. Committee for UNICEF and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The watch, designed by pop artist Romero Britto, retails for $1,000 and is available only in Movado stores and through a toll-free number.
PERETTI PARTY: Elsa Peretti was in a buoyant mood as Tiffany & Co., the designer’s exclusive showcase for 23 years, threw a party in her honor the other night at the store’s New York flagship.
The party celebrated her Accessories Designer of the Year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
“Winning this award has given me a sense of new strength, enthusiasm and creativity,” said Peretti as she darted around the main salon of Tiffany greeting friends.
Among those who turned up to celebrate with Peretti were Francesco Scavullo, Fernando Sanchez, Arnold Scaasi, Mary McFadden, Geraldine Stutz, and photographers Hiro, Slim Aaron and Cynthia Matthews.
Gerard Yosca — wearing one of Peretti’s large bean necklaces on a leather cord purchased 20 years ago — credited Peretti as his inspiration to become a jewelry designer, saying that when Peretti made her debut at Tiffany’s in 1974, he had never seen work like hers before.
“When I saw her work, a light just went on in my head; she is a large part of why I’m designing jewelry today.”
Describing herself as a craftswoman rather than an artist, Peretti, who lives in Spain, said that she has been inspired by returning to New York after a long absence.
“This city intrigues me now. There is a new electricity here,” Peretti said. “Everything is so clean, and I sense it is bit more adventurous than years ago.”