BOB’S NEW BRIDES: Bob Mackie has signed on to design a new bridal collection for Long Island-based retailer Bridal Reflections, with stores in Massapequa and Westbury, N.Y.
The five-piece collection, ranging from sheath dresses to sweeping ball gowns, is manufactured in Mackie’s Los Angeles studios. Retail prices start at $5,000.
ART OF THE EAST: The original ink on paper paintings of Chinese contemporary artists Chen Hsing-wan and Fung Ming Chip will provide the backdrop for the spring designs of Yeohlee and Han Feng in Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue windows starting Thursday.
The artists translate centuries old painting traditions into modern styles, creating abstracts with layers of ink or calligraphy.
PEOPLE AND PLACES: Gordon McFadden has been named president of The Gerry Group, a division of Amerex Group. He joined Gerry from the All Conditions Gear division of Nike Inc., where he was president. Prior to that he was president and chief executive officer of Helly-Hansen North America.
He will be based at the Gerry Group’s Seattle headquarters, overseeing all of Gerry Group’s men’s and women’s brands, which include Moonstone, Gerry, Roffe, Mambosok and Bombshell.
McFadden reports to George Santacroce, president of Amerex’s men’s apparel group.
Tayna Spivey has been tapped as vice president of sales and merchandising for Cole-Haan for its new licensed men’s and women’s leather and cloth outerwear and related apparel made by G-III Apparel Group.
She previously worked for Fairbrooke Enterprises, where she was responsible for Calvin Klein, CK, Perry Ellis and Isaac Mizrahi coat lines.
Janet Cohen has been named vice president of sales for Chantal Gaudreau for the U.S. as part of the Milan-based designer sportswear and eveningwear company’s strategy to grow in the American market. Cohen was director of sales and marketings for Ron Leal.
Jim Harp has joined ready-to-wear resource Neil Bieff as sales and marketing director for the signature collection.
Formerly a principal and sales director at Holly Harp, Jim Harp most recently was a marketing consultant to better sportswear designer Betsy Karp. He continues to hold that post.
MISTY HARBOR RETURNS: Essex Manufacturing has brought the Misty Harbor outerwear and rainwear collection in-house starting with the fall 2001 collection. Previously, the line was licensed to the Amerex Group for about five years. Essex will now control the manufacture, design, sales and distribution of all women’s Misty Harbor categories.
The line will continue to be marketed to better specialty and department stores.
RODRIGUEZ’S NEW LINES: David Rodriguez is launching a new shoe and handbag collection under license with Middletown footwear.
Bowing for fall retailing, the shoes will incorporate tapestry, brocade, silk and lace, in styles ranging from open-toe evening boots to stiletto boots to strappy evening sandals.
The bags, all streamlined clutches made of calfskin with metal highlights, will be formed of various geometric shapes.
The accessories will be priced to coordinate with the clothing collection, with shoes expected to retail between $180 and $250, boots between $250 and $350 and handbags between $250 and $350.
NEW DRESS LINE: The Bahari Group is launching a misses’ eveningwear collection for spring called Dusk.
The line is designed by Joey Chew and will wholesale prices are from $49 to $89. First year sales volume is projected to be between $5 million and $10 million, said Steve Jolanga, account executive.