FINDINGS

EYE ON PARIS: Junior denim and knit specialist Paris Blues is jumping on the accessories bandwagon. The firm has signed separate licensing deals with Linea Pelle for a line of belts and bags, and with Eyespace for an eyewear collection.
According to Michael Stafford, Linea Pelle’s senior vice president of product, the bag collection will feature quilted nylon styles with brightly colored linings, satin sequin art and cotton knitted bags. Paris Blues bags wholesale from $6 to $18. Stafford said belts include leather styles with studs, grommets, crystals and embroideries. Wholesale prices for belts are $5 to $10.
The eyewear collection will feature metal finishes on plastic and animal-print patterns. Colored lenses from ice blue to deep orange also will be a theme. Paris Blues Eyewear’s wholesale prices are $6.50 to $8.50.
The collections will be shown for the first time during market week in New York this August, with initial distribution targeted for the holiday season.

CELEBRITY PASS: Jewelry designer-to-the-stars Loree Rodkin is using Hollywood actress Lauren Holly as a model in her fall-winter 2000 campaign.
Holly, who has appeared in such films as “Beautiful Girls” and “Dumb & Dumber,” as well as the “Picket Fences” TV series, is featured in the ad wearing an opal chrysocolla turquoise and diamond choker and platinum diamond rings and earrings.
“I was thrilled that I could get her, because she has never done any campaigns before,” said Rodkin.
The ads were shot by Randee St. Nicholas. According to a company statement, the images are slated to appear in September editions of W, InStyle and Elle.
The Loree Rodkin jewelry collection is sold at stores such as Takashimaya, Stanley Korshak, Maxfield’s and Neiman Marcus.

CROSSING BORDERS: Gloria Vanderbilt Jewelry is starting U.S. distribution.
Montreal-based Carmen Jewellery has been the licensee for the collection in Canada for seven years and now is handling the U.S. launch.
John Wegorzewski has been named chief operating officer of Gloria Vanderbilt Jewelry U.S.A. He will direct the American launch and oversee all business development. Wegorzewski has previously held senior marketing and sales positions with the 1928 Company, M.Z. Berger and Victoria + Co.
The Gloria Vanderbilt Jewelry collection features earrings, pins, pendants and bracelets in plated metals, sterling silver and 14-karat gold with semiprecious stones. Wholesale prices range from $5 for the costume line to $400 for 14-karat gold styles.

JOINING THE LEATHER CLUB: The Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium has created a plan to form an association for designers, trade, press and researchers.
Giovanni Tempesti, president of the consortium, said the club intends to create a platform to exchange opinions and to help manufacturers interested in using vegetable-tanned leather. Tempesti is president of Tempesti spa, a leather accessories and footwear manufacturer based in the Pisa region of Italy.
“It is very important to maintain an ongoing contact between manufacturers and designers,” Tempesti said.
Members will be able to participate in conferences on fashion trends, access member pages on the consortium’s Internet site and receive a periodical with style and technical information.

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