CAVALLI REVS UP: One of Roberto Cavalli’s latest creations is a Swarovski crystal-encrusted motorcycle with a fox-covered seat and handgrips. Ducati gave the Italian designer a Monster 600, its most popular bike with women riders, for a makeover. His bike isn’t about to see the open roads. It’s parked safely in a window at Cavalli’s Madison Avenue store.
BACK IN THE SWIM: After a two-year hiatus, Frederick’s of Hollywood is back in the swimwear business. The brand decided to bring back swimsuits, due to customer requests and its interest in attracting younger shoppers, according to a company spokesman.
For the first time, mix-and-match swim separates are being offered, as well as bikinis and one-piece suits. Separates retail for $28 to $38 per item, one-piece suits and bikinis sell for $64.
SPINNING WITH VANS: Vans, an activewear and footwear brand that caters to alternative sports fans, has launched Vans Records to distribute music by new artists from emerging genres. Jim Lindberg of the punk band Pennywise will oversee the Vans-backed operation.
BURTON ON CALL: Burton Snowboards has teamed up with Motorola to develop faceplates for cell phones inspired by the brand’s 2002 snowboard graphics. Both companies polled attendees at last month’s X Games to see what their top picks would be. The winning styles will be available in June at Motorola.com.
IN LAND WE TRUST: Harrison Ford and Tom Brokaw turned up last week at the Explorers’ Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to lend their support for Patagonia, the land and the brand.
Both men are friendly with Yvon Chouinard, chairman and founder of the San Leandro, Calif.-based clothing company, who hosted a slide show and talk about the Patagonia Land Trust. Through its trust, Patagonia aims to protect Argentine Patagonia from environmental harm, since less than 5 percent of the area is covered by a conservation plan. After the presentation, Brokaw said Patagonia, the place, is how he imagines the American West must have been 150 years ago.
“It’s one of my favorite places in the world,” said Brokaw, who plans to visit again this spring. “It’s hard to describe, but when you step out on an open plain or glacier there, there is this wildness and beauty.”
Ford said he hasn’t made the trip because “I don’t get out very much any more.”
A longtime member and co-chair of Conservation International, Ford said he “welcomes any opportunity to see these wonderful places protected.”
Just don’t expect to see any firsthand accounts of his travels included among the personal essays in Patagonia’s catalog.
“I’m a cryptographer,” he quipped. “I don’t write.”