AIGNER GETS PAPARATTO: Alice Paparatto has been named national sales manager for the Michael Stevens and Sereta handbag divisions of the New York-based Etienne Aigner Group. She reports to Jeff Yarchin, vice president of sales for Etienne Aigner Accessories, another division of the group.
Paparatto will oversee the division’s sales reps. In addition to being responsible for the sales division, she will work closely with the product development team to help develop business-building strategies across the brands.
ST. CLAIRE CARR TAPS ENGLER: Fine jewelry firm Temple St. Claire Carr has appointed a president, Paul Engler.
Engler, who is married to the New York-based firm’s eponymous designer, Temple St. Claire Carr, comes to the firm with a background as a financial analyst in the arts field and as a strategic planner. His last post was as a managing director for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Prior to that, he was a partner in a New York consulting firm, Kaiser/Engler Group.
The newly created position is aimed at building demand for the core collection and developing potential licensing partnerships for expansion into other business ventures.
FORTUNA’S NYC FORAY: Italian shoe and leather accessories designer Fortuna Valentino will open her company’s first U.S. boutique next month on New York’s Upper East Side. She is the daughter of footwear and leather goods designer, Mario Valentino, and the granddaughter of Vincenzo Valentino, who made shoes for the likes of Josephine Baker.
The 2,500-square-foot store is at 43 East 60th Street.
Fortuna Valentino also has shops on the Via Della Spiga in Milan and four stores in Japan.