OSCAR’S PICKS: Diane DeMarco and Jacqueline Wingate have each been named vice president of sales at Oscar, the bridge collection by Oscar de la Renta. They are new posts, and each reports to Charles Jayson, president and chief operating officer of Oscar. DeMarco managed sales and merchandising at Escada for 12 years and Apriori for four years, while Wingate was in sales for Ellen Tracy for eight years.
WEISEL DOWN THE AISLE: Anyone can do satin and lace for bridal, but how about leather and cashmere? Designer Heidi Weisel is launching a bridal collection this month that will mix nontraditional fabrics with taffetas, organzas and satins in sleek silhouettes. Wholesale prices range from $1,000 to $4,000, and the line will be sold in bridal shops and specialty stores where her signature line is sold. Weisel projected sales at about $1 million for the first year.
AMERICAN HOME: Trussardi, the Italian rtw maker, has opened its first showroom in New York with the aim of building its business in the U.S. The company has worldwide volume of $500 million, including its licenses, fragrance and its own shops. For fall, it will offer women’s apparel and men’s and women’s accessories at the showroom, at 650 Fifth Ave. Eventually, the company hopes to show the full range of its products. The firm previously has not distributed in this country, except to one client — Jimmy’s of Brooklyn — which bought the line from Italy, according to a spokeswoman.
RADLEY’S NEW MAN: In an effort to boost its business in the U.S., Hilary Radley, a division of American Utex, has named Greg Howell general merchandise manager of sales and merchandising. It is a new post.
Howell most recently spent seven years at Fairbrooke Enterprises in sales for the Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein coat lines.
Radley produces precious fiber coats, rainwear, active outerwear and fake furs. Howell will be based at the American Utex showroom at 463 Seventh Ave. in New York. He reports to David Gurberg, president of the Montreal-based International Utex Corp., the parent of American Utex.