CHEZ NATORI: Josie Natori hosted two cocktail and dinner parties at her apartment in Paris for a number of American and Japanese retailers, as well as a few of Josie and Kenneth Natori’s beau monde friends in the French fashion and beauty industries.
The combined events, which were staged during the four-day Salon International de la Lingerie, and catered by Tong Yen, one of the Chinese restaurants of the moment in Paris, pulled in some 75 guests.
NAP’S NEW PRINCESSE: Nap Inc., a maker of branded sleepwear by Anne Lewin and and the licensed Crabtree & Evelyn collection, signed a joint partnership with Princesse Tam Tam at the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris to distribute and market foundations and swimwear bearing the Princesse Tam Tam label in the U.S.
Victor Lee, NAP’s chief financial officer, said, “Princesse Tam Tam is one of the hottest intimate apparel labels in Europe and we have very aggressive plans for the U.S.”
Created in 1985, the name was inspired by a motion picture in the Twenties entitled “Princesse Tam Tam” which starred Josephine Baker. Total annual wholesale sales worldwide for the French brand in 2000 were about $40 million. NAP, which also does private label for Victoria’s Secret, generates yearly wholesale revenues in excess of $100 million, according to industry estimates.
YARN FAIR ACQUIRED: Jehan Quettier, exhibition director of the Salon International de la Lingerie and the Interfiliere textile show, said the organization’s parent, La Federation de la Maille, purchased the U.S. Yarn Fair show with two European trade show partners — Expofil and Comexpo. A purchase price was not available.
A spokeswoman for the Federation de la Maille, who spoke for the organization’s president Jean-Claude Lagarrigue, said, “The strategy for the show is now to emphasize fashion and selectivity and highlight the best European and U.S. companies in order to go up-market and confront the assault of Asian imports.”
The repositioning and development of Yarn Fair has been assigned to Phillipe Pasquet, who already heads Expofil and Textile Asia. An office will be located in New York.
The spokeswoman further noted the importance of New York as a fashion capital and said, “The show hopes to take full advantage of its locations and highlight the creativity and fashion that is New York. All components of the show will be progressively reviewed, including product offering, demand, decor and design of the show, as well as dates, venue and attendance.”