HONEY SPREADS OUT: Accessories firm Honey Fashions has added another layer to its lineup, this one targeted to alternative forms of retailing.
The division, Images & Items, will develop merchandise lines specifically for electronic retail venues, catalogs and premium businesses. Michael Klein has been appointed president. Klein had been an independent consultant since 1989, but prior to that had been employed with Honey in various positions since 1957.
According to Klein, some of Honey’s other divisions are already involved in producing limited ranges of goods for these distribution channels, but Images & Items will concentrate solely on these areas. He declined to provide a first-year wholesale volume projection for Images & Items.
BLENHEIM BUILDS ON VEGAS: Trade show firm Blenheim Group USA has absorbed another West Coast event, taking over the winter edition of the California Jewelers Association (CJA), which runs two shows a year. Beginning next year, the CJA’s winter edition, which takes place in San Francisco, will be discontinued, and exhibitors will be merged into Blenheim’s recently acquired Las Vegas show.
As reported, Blenheim purchased the Las Vegas-based United Jewelers Expo last month and renamed it the JA International Jewelry Show. This show takes place annually and will run next year Jan. 9-11 at the Sands Expo Center. Blenheim also runs two fine-jewelry shows a year in New York.
The CJA’s final winter show will take place on March 2-3. The association will continue to own and operate its other show, which takes place every August in Los Angeles.
CANADIAN INVASION: Parkhurst, a Toronto-based company that specializes in knit accessories and wool felt hats, is pushing for a bigger presence in the U.S.
The firm recently hired its first U.S. executive vice president, Shelley Lipton. Lipton had been an independent merchandising consultant for the last year, and prior to that, vice president of marketing and merchandising for Fownes Brothers Gloves.
Lipton is responsible for overseeing and further developing all U.S. sales and merchandising activities for the firm, which sells to major retailers as well as to small specialty stores.
In New York, Parkhurst’s lines are currently sold through an accessories manufacturers’ representative, Etcetera Accessories, although the company may open its own showroom within the next year.