LOOK OUT: In time for International Vision Expo in New York next week, two apparel and accessories firms are expanding their eyewear offerings.
Kenneth Cole Productions will introduce women’s and men’s prescription eyewear, sunglasses and clip-ons under its Reaction label. The collections, slated to bow in stores in April, are being manufactured under license by Clear Vision, the same firm that makes eyewear for the company’s signature brand. Retail prices for sunglasses and clip-ons will be $60 to $70, and about $119 to $130 for prescription frames.
Styling will reflect Reaction’s younger, trendier feeling, with bold plastic sunglasses and geometrically shaped metals in soft pastels to mirrored metallics.
Also, Harve Benard has licensed Zimco Optics for a line of women’s and men’s ophthalmic frames, sunglasses and readers. Styles will be available in colored metals and plastics, featuring the Harve Benard logo and a black logo-embossed hard case.
Expected to debut in stores in April, the eyewear will retail from $150 to $195 and be targeted to national eyewear chains. This is Brooklyn-based Zimco’s first license, although it produces a variety of industry brands such as LaMont of Paris and Rossini. Other Harve Benard licenses include hosiery, leather sportswear, women’s shirts and belts.

NEW APPOINTMENTS: Steve Johns has joined costume jewelry firm Miriam Haskell/Haskell Jewels as president, a new post. Johns will oversee the company’s brand and sales strategies and report to chairman Frank Fialkoff.
Johns joins Haskel from Victoria & Co., where he spent 18 years, ultimately as senior vice president of sales.
Meanwhile, Fossil has elected Richard Gundy to the accessories and apparel company’s board. Gundy, with Fossil since 1994, will remain president of Fossil watches and its stores division. Fossil’s board consists of five senior management members and five independent directors.