FUR LIZA: Dennis Basso spent three weeks designing the floor-length mink coat Liza Minnelli wore at her wedding Saturday, but he said the “busty size 8” actress brought her star power to every fitting.
“This is a girl who has worn a lot of clothes over a long time,” Basso said Monday. “She is completely in touch with the silhouettes. She’s also slim as anything.”
The bride-to-be was determined to wear fur, despite last week’s balmy temperatures. Basso said, “I told her, ‘Liza, with this weather, it could be very warm on Saturday.’ She said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m in show business.”‘
Her customized coat would have set a commoner back $15,000 to $20,000.
INDIA THINKS LEATHER: Exhibitors at the first edition of the Think Leather Think India trade show last month at the DoubleTree Suites Hotel in Time Square were pleased with buyer interest in developing their private label businesses and branded suede and distressed leather goods.
One of the 34 attendees, Narinder Singh, owner of Punihani, a $30 million operation, said reps from Gap, Lord & Taylor and Wilsons Leather stopped by his suite. Getting more stores to recognize the quality and affordability of Indian-made goods is happening, but will take some time. At this point, the U.S. accounts for about 35 percent of Punihani’s sales.
Brown and black leather jackets continue to generate the most interest among retailers, but vintage looks and textured styles attracted some attention, exhibitors said. Part of the challenge Indian companies have faced in breaking into the U.S. market is that Americans are so brand conscious, according to a RR Leather spokeswoman.
Snehdeep Aggarwal, managing director of Bhartiya International Ltd., said his company has a strategic plan to develop long-term deals with major retailers.