FELDMAN JOINS CMC: Conference Management Co., producer of the Fashion Accessories Expo trade show, has named Judith Feldman group show director.
Feldman succeeds Steve Levine, who left Jan. 31 to join Meckler Media, a Westport, Conn.-based publishing and trade show firm for the computer industry.
Prior to joining CMC, Feldman was vice president of sales and marketing for Airess Optique, a Miami eyewear manufacturer. The next edition of the FAE is May 7-9 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
MORRIS WRAPS SCARF DEAL: Jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris has licensed scarf firm Collection XIIX to produce his first line of scarves.
The 15-piece silk line for fall will make its debut at the March accessories market in New York. Wholesale prices will range from $30 to $60, and the collection will be distributed in specialty stores nationwide.
Morris added a technological twist: Images of his signature jewelry silhouettes were scanned into a computer and then distorted to create the scarf prints. Color schemes include the patinas of metals Morris uses in his jewelry collection.
Collection XIIX, a New York firm, also produces licensed scarf collections for Ellen Tracy and Anne Klein, and its own signature collection.
THE LEATHER SHOP CLOSES: After roughly 30 years in the belt and hair goods business, The Leather Shop, a resource for major department and specialty stores, has closed its New York showroom and reportedly shut its Marlboro, Mass., factory, too.
Phone service at both locations was disconnected, and the firm’s executives could not be located for comment. A spokesman for the landlord of 366 Fifth Ave., where the company had its showroom, confirmed that the company had vacated the premises.
SIMONE EXITS THE ICING: Robert Simone has resigned as president and chief operating officer of The Icing, the accessories specialty store chain based in Enfield, Conn.
Simone left the 99-unit company to become president of Domain, a furniture retailer based in Norwood, Mass. According to Stephen Sherman, chief executive officer of The Icing, no successor will be named. The duties that had been performed by Simone will be split up among the executive staff, he noted.
WELSH AT ACCESSORY PLACE: Helen Welsh has joined specialty chain Accessory Place as senior vice president and general merchandise manager, a new post.
Welsh was vice president and divisional merchandise manager at Saks Fifth Avenue for eight years.
After leaving Saks last February, she was senior vice president and general merchandise manager of fashion jewelry firm Ciro until that company, in Chapter 11 proceedings, went out of business last November.
As reported, Accessory Place filed for Chapter 11 protection last week. The Leonia, N.J.-based company operates 101 units.
HART & KEAN ON THE SCENE: Two industry professionals have joined forces to open a new leather goods manufacturers’ representative showroom in New York. Joanne Hart, formerly fashion director of Federated Merchandising and, prior to that, of Macy’s East, has teamed up with Roy Kean, a former sales executive with several firms, including Carey Adina and Europrep. The company’s space at 320 Fifth Ave., Suite 609, opened last month.
Hart & Kean is focusing on bridge, better and designer merchandise. Currently, the firm represents McGuire-Nicholas, Liz K., The Nomadic Collection and David McMillan for Pibra.
WEINTRAUB TO FEDERATED: Jody Weintraub has been named vice president for women’s accessories at Federated Merchandising in New York, the buying arm for Federated Department Stores, Cincinnati.
Weintraub fills a spot left vacant since Pat Galliers was appointed to the new position of vice president of replenishment last month.
Weintraub started Feb. 6, reporting to Kathy Mayes, senior vice president of merchandising. She was with May Merchandising Co., the buying arm of May Department Stores Co. since 1983, and for the last two years was vice president and merchandise director of ready-to-wear and accessories.
NINE WEST ACQUIRES LJS: The Stamford, Conn.-based Nine West Group has acquired LJS Accessory Collections Inc., a handbag and fashion accessories maker based in New York.
Nine West paid $1.82 million for LJS and will create a new division called Nine West Accessories. It will be run by Bruce Makowsky, who was president of LJS, and will produce accessories lines to coordinate with Nine West’s footwear lines, according to Richard White, chief financial officer for Nine West.
White said the accessories will make their debut in Nine West’s 403 retail stores this fall and then be distributed to department and specialty stores for early 1996.