ARTFUL HANDBAGS: About 400 people turned out to help Judith Leiber celebrate 30 years of business last Monday night, as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York previewed its retrospective of the handbag designer’s work.
Store executives on hand included Rose Marie Bravo, president, Saks Fifth Avenue; Dawn Mello, president, Bergdorf Goodman; Burt Tansky, chairman and chief executive officer, Neiman Marcus, and Michael Gould, chairman and ceo, Bloomingdale’s. Called “The Artful Handbag,” the exhibit features more than 300 day and evening handbags spanning Leiber’s three decades of production. The display runs through Feb. 4.
BERGDORF’S AND TORRES TEAM UP: A reception marking the launch of Omar Torres’s fine jewelry collection at Bergdorf Goodman last Tuesday evening raised more than $14,000 for the Madison Avenue Christmas for Children Fund, according to a store spokeswoman.
The jewelry designer donated a $12,000 necklace, which was raffled off at the cocktail party, and Bergdorf’s gave a $1,000 store gift certificate to the individual who purchased the most raffle tickets.
More than 300 people turned out to see the jewels and give the fund a headstart. On the annual shopping day, scheduled for Dec. 4, participating retailers will donate 20 percent of their proceeds to four New York children’s charities.
TOPPER & LOWELL CLOSES: Accessories sales representative firm Topper & Lowell has closed its doors. The 4 1/2-year-old firm at 35 West 36th St., New York, was co-owned by the husband and wife team of Kevin Topper and Dena Lowell. It represented primarily high-end costume and bridge jewelry designers, including Tom Binns, Butler & Wilson, Chipita and Jordan Schlanger, as well as The Smithsonian Collection, which is produced by Crystal Brands Jewelry. Topper said they decided to close the showroom to devote more time to an emerging sports licensing business.