COUNCIL FETES MICKEY D: About 250 industry executives turned out for the Accessories Council’s first holiday party. The black-tie event, held Nov. 4 at New York’s St. Regis Hotel, benefited the local Ronald McDonald House.
The council raised $30,000 for the charity through ticket sales and a silent auction.
Of the 17 items auctioned, the top three bids were for a two-piece set of Ralph Lauren leather-trimmed, canvas luggage that went for $400, a three-piece costume jewelry suite by Christian Lacroix that sold for $350 and a Carlos Falchi natural python shoulder bag for $275.
THE WRAP ON ELLEN TRACY: Ellen Tracy has signed a licensing deal with Roma, a division of Norman M. Morris Corp., to produce belts for the namesake collection and its bridge line, Company by Ellen Tracy.
In addition to manufacturing leather, chain and fabric belts for department and specialty stores, Roma will produce a signature line with logo hardware exclusive to Ellen Tracy’s collection shops. Wholesale prices will range from $18 to $40; deliveries will begin in March.
Roma also produces the licensed Timberland belt collection and its own label, WCN.
MONET MOVES: Kathryn Kaplan Baskin has been named president of the new Monet accessories division. She will oversee the development and launch of the Monet handbag and small leather goods collections, which will make their debut for fall 1997. They will be shown to stores at the March market. Baskin was vice president of design for Cole-Haan footwear and accessories. She spent seven years at Liz Claiborne as vice president of design for accessories. She started her career as a handbag buyer at Bloomingdale’s.
She said the first assortment for both lines is a mix of leather and synthetics priced in the upper-moderate to bridge range. The lines will be targeted to major department stores and supported by a marketing campaign that combines jewelry and leather goods, Baskin said.
The Monet Group has named John H. Thomas president of its international division. He succeeds David Balthrop, who remains with Monet and who was named executive vice president of international, reporting to Thomas.
Balthrop, with Monet since 1985, continues to oversee the day-to-day management of the division. Thomas is responsible for global strategic expansion and is based in Monet’s New York office.
Prior to joining Monet, Thomas was founder and president of Thomas & Thomas, an international consulting firm, where he focused on Perry Ellis’s entry into the Asian market. Before that, he was president of Caribbean, South America Waterford/Wedgwood.
Tom Baumgartner, a Monet consultant on its licensed Christian Lacroix jewelry line, and formerly with Harry Winston and Tiffany, has left Monet for Sotheby’s, where he has been named vice president of marketing and director of special events. He will oversee promotions and events at the auction house’s New York flagship and its North American operations. Baumgartner held promotional and communications positions at both Winston and Tiffany.