LA VIDA LOCA: The Accessories Council is holding its fifth annual summer party on Aug. 8 at the Bryant Park Grill in Manhattan.
This year’s theme is “Go Latin.” Sheila Block, the Council’s executive director, stressed that the summer party is a celebration of the accessories industry and that there will no speeches or set program — just food and drink mixed with some mingling and networking.
The Accessories Council is expecting up to 350 people to attend the party.
WATCH OUT: Victoria Neilson has joined the Citizen Watch Company of America as vice president of marketing.
Neilson’s previous experience includes working as vice president and general manager of new business development for Gryphon Development, a private label subsidiary developing personal care products for The Limited.
This is a newly created position at Citizen. Neilson will be directing all marketing programs, including advertising and working with retail partners in executing brand strategy at point of sale.
TRADING PLACES: Ellen Marsh has been named executive vice president of sales at Riviera Trading. Riviera produces hair accessories under its own label and makes sunglasses under licenses for a variety of firms, including Nine West, Perry Ellis and XOXO.
Marsh joins Riviera from Liz Claiborne, where she was vice president and general manager of special markets. Prior to that, she had been vice president and general manager for the company’s fashion accessory division.
Marsh will help to develop Riviera and its brands and will report directly to Riviera’s president, Orville Ankarlo.
SPORTING JEWELS: Continuing its brand-extension push, Sag Harbor, a division of Kellwood Co., is launching a costume jewelry collection with licensee Walter Heimler, the manufacturer of jewelry collections for Limited Too, Nordstrom and the European chain Top Shop.
Shirley Veldenzer, sales manager at Walter Heimler, said the Sag Harbor jewelry collection is a mixture of more traditional core categories and seasonal fashion-driven items. Veldenzer said the first season’s focus will be on colored stones and cubic zirconia set in gold or silver-plate.
Sag Harbor jewelry will be available in a variety of retailer and department stores already stocking Sag Harbor apparel. First deliveries are expected in early August. Suggested retail prices range from $10 to $25.