KENNETH COLE SEES CLEARLY: Kenneth Cole has added to his expanding stable of products through a licensing deal with ClearVision, West Hempstead, N.Y., for prescriptive eyewear.
Cole’s other lines include handbags, small leather goods, belts and footwear, as well as licensed collections of socks, hosiery and neckwear.
The 16 styles, five of which have clips for sunglasses, are primarily metals in tonal colors with metallic, amber and antique finishes in mini collections called Basic, Steel and Tech. The eyewear will retail for $120 to $180, and will be available beginning Dec. 15 at optical stores.
Consistent with Cole’s humorous style of advertising, the ads show a selection of glasses with the tag line, “No matter what your point of view, we hope you see things our way.”
ClearVision also produces licensed eyewear for Givenchy and Fisher-Price.
A PRINT IN TIME: Timex has inked a licensing deal with Joe Boxer, known for its whimsical print apparel and home furnishings, to produce and market a collection of fashion watches.
Featuring 50 to 75 unisex styles for teens and adults, the line will make its debut in time for back-to-school 1995 and will be launched at the May accessories market.
About half the styles will incorporate Timex’s Indiglo feature, according to a Timex spokesman.
Retail prices will range from $40 to $75, and the watches will be distributed in department and specialty stores.
Timex produces licensed watch collections for Nautica, Benetton, Disney Cinema Classics and “Star Trek.”
OROTON CHANGES: Leslie Stone has joined Oroton U.S.A. as vice president of finance and administration. He succeeds Sam Godlin, who will leave the firm at the end of the year.
Most recently, Stone spent eight years as director of planning and operations for the Agriculture Group of Agway, a Syracuse, N.Y.-based agriculture conglomerate. In his new position, he will report to Steve Somers, president and chief executive officer of Oroton, U.S.A., overseeing Oroton’s financial and banking interests here.
Stone will work out of the firm’s Los Angeles offices until it relocates to Harrisburg, Pa., next month.
Oroton has also appointed Jaime LaLonde to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. She succeeds Joan Beyda, who left the firm in July. Previously, she spent five years at Liz Claiborne, most recently as national sales manager of the handbag and small leathergoods division.
LaLonde is based in the company’s showroom here at 330 Fifth Ave. and also reports to Somers.