LISA JENKS, LUNT SETTING UP HOUSE

Byline: Wendy Hessen

NEW YORK — After a brief hiatus, jewelry and accessories designer Lisa Jenks is back in the home business.
Jenks, who was among the first to include home and decorative accessories in her range of product offerings, has had a license since 1991 for crystal glassware, barware and flatware with Sasaki, and her company also produced a host of sterling silver and pewter items in house.
The Sasaki venture ended in 1999 and while the company still manufactured frames and some other items, Jenks herself was often spread too thin designing the company’s other products — jewelry and leather goods — to devote much time to the home arena.
Last November, Jenks entered into a far-reaching licensing agreement with Lunt Silversmiths of Greenfield, Mass. Jenks’s new home accessories line, produced by Lunt, will bow in specialty and department stores and fine jewelers beginning in June.
James Lunt, president of Lunt Silversmiths, described Jenks as a prolific designer with distinctive talent.
“Our objective has always been to be design driven, regardless of where the inspiration comes from, and I see limitless opportunities for Lisa,” he said.
“We will add two more flatware patterns this fall and are looking at a lot more.”
The chance to branch out was particularly appealing to Jenks.
“Lunt has a long history in metals, and they really understood what I do,” Jenks said. “Plus, they provided the added access to European sourcing and distribution, something we never had the resources to pursue on our own.”
Jenks said the home line had already been expanded by about 40 percent from when the company made everything in house, and that was only the beginning.
“It will be much bigger for spring 2001,” she said. “We’re adding other categories and branching out into other alternative metals, such as aluminum. I’ve already started working on bar items like wine stoppers, bottle openers, wine bottle holders and coasters, as well as more unusual items like olive-oil trays, plus a bunch of larger frames, more bowls and serving pieces.”
Jenks is about to include a gold and diamond jewelry collection in her offerings for the first time. The first line in 18-karat gold with diamonds will make its debut in June at the JCK fine jewelry show in Las Vegas.