RAFE SETS NOHO SITE: Handbag designer Rafe Totengco will open his first store in mid-November at One Bleecker Street on the corner of Bowery in Manhattan’s NoHo district.
The 2,000-square-foot space will house the collection at the street level and eventually operate its wholesale showroom from the lower level. Its current corporate showroom at 122 West 26th street will now house the company’s design and production staff. That space will continue to be used as a showroom for the upcoming November accessories market, but will be moved to the NoHo location in January.
BUNTAIN TO LALIQUE: Sharon Buntain has been named president of Lalique North America, replacing Yves Coleon, who left the company Sept. 1 to pursue other opportunities.
Before joining the French crystal and jewelry maker, Buntain was president of Augros Inc., a developer and manufacturer of plastic packaging for the cosmetics industry.
CINCHING AK: In an effort to boost its leather goods offerings, the Anne Klein division of Kasper ASL has licensed Roma Industries to manufacture and distribute belt collections for its Anne Klein and Anne Klein 2 labels.
The Anne Klein 2 line will make its debut at the November accessories market for spring deliveries. The collection line is planned for a fall 2001 retail launch. Wholesale prices for the signature line will be from $28 to $63, with the Anne Klein 2 line priced from $11 to $22.
Anne Klein’s other licensed accessories include handbags with Susan Gail, scarves with Collection XIIX, costume jewelry with Swank, Schwartz & Benjamin for footwear and Sutton Time for fashion watches.
NEW HAAN: Cole-Haan reopened its Chicago flagship Sept. 22 on North Michigan Avenue.
The store and updated merchandise of shoes, handbags and outerwear are the culmination of the New York-based company’s year-long reimaging campaign, said Matthew E. Rubel, chairman and chief executive officer of Cole-Haan, which is owned by Nike Inc. “Symbolically, [the design] turns Cole-Haan from a footwear brand to a lifestyle brand,” Rubel said.
New to the store is an outerwear line, featuring leather, cloth and fur coats. While the store size is the same — roughly 4,000 square feet — selling space has increased by about 10 percent, Rubel said.
The Michigan Avenue unit is the first in a series of stores to be unveiled Nov. 3-20 in Pentagon City, Va.; New York’s World Trade Center, Boca Raton, Fla.; Costa Mesa, Calif., and White Plains, N.Y. A store on the Ginza in Japan is under construction as well.