FRED’S NEW BAGUE: The French jewelry and watch firm, Fred, has launched a new ring called Success, which marks the creative turn the house is taking under the design direction of Dominique Watine-Arnault.
Watine-Arnault, a former auctioneer, who is the sister of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, said, “We decided that our role is to accompany the independent woman,” referring to women who have a career, but also may be wives and mothers.”
The Success ring, in a seamless, spiral-like shape, looks like two rings when worn, one part an asymmetric rectangle and the other an irregular oval dome. The shape captures what that woman is all about, according to Watine-Arnault.
“We are trying to blend a certain kind of minimalism with a bit of tradition and femininity,” she said. “This ring is the conjunction of these two styles.”
Jewelry designer Marcial Berro, who created the Success ring, said, “The round side represents the sensual side of femininity, while the straight lines reflect independence. We want to attract women who buy jewelry on their own.”
Success is available in 18-karat yellow gold for $1,356, in a white gold version for $1,630 or in a yellow and white gold version for $1,904. Styles with pave diamonds will run up to $3,698.
The rings will be sold in Fred’s seven freestanding stores in Paris, Cannes and Monte Carlo, and in the U.S. in Beverly Hills, Houston, Las Vegas and Costa Mesa, Calif., as well as at a handful of independent fine jewelers.
FLIPFLOPS ONLINE: After their first successful e-commerce venture, Jackie Robbins and Hillary Nagler have taken on a partner and launched their second venture, flipfloptrunkshow.com.
The duo, who last August launched pashminatrunkshow.com, have joined forces with Westhampton retailer Liz Epstein to start the new site, which went live last week and hopes to carve out a niche for fun, casual shoes.
“We wanted to create a narrow but deep niche for ourselves for the perfect vacation slide, beach thong or casual Friday mule,” said Robbins from her base in Los Angeles. “We didn’t want to be a giant shoe mall.”
Nagler, based in New York, said the trio had noticed that despite the bicoastal trend of women wearing open-toed shoes and sandals year-round, “even in California, it’s tough
to find up-to-the-minute designs at the end of the season.”
Flipfloptrunkshow.com, features thongs, mules and slides from about 17 designers, including Robert Clergerie, BCBG, Cynthia Rowley, Patrick Cox, Freelance, Ipa-nima, Bettye Muller, Ankh and Sensi. Prices range from $6 to $400.
SHOP MAN: French jewelry designer Jean Dinh Van has had a busy month. First up was the opening of his second store in Paris, a tiny, 230-square-foot Left Bank boutique in the heart of Saint-Germain-des Pres, at 58 Rue Bonaparte.
Two weeks ago, a small corner featuring his work was unveiled at Bergdorf Goodman.
Both locations feature Dinh Van’s signature square-linked chains and square wedding rings. Additions such as the Saturn ring, an elliptical piece that turns around a larger l ring, and Mauhault, a collection of rings featuring two stones facing each other, are also on view.
Dinh Van’s first Paris shop, at 15 Rue de la Paix, was opened in 1976. His line can also be found in Paris at Collette, at the Printemps department store flagship and the Lombard shop here.