PRESTIGE LAUNCHES PORTFOLIO: Prestige Leather Creations, a belt company in Vernon, Calif., is moving into handbags with the launch of the Portfolio by Prestige division. The Portfolio line, which was introduced last month, offers handbags wholesaling from $40 to $100 as well as belts priced from $13 to $32. It is targeted to better department and specialty stores, and is being sold at Prestige showrooms in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Bags and belts feature bold hardware and are done in textured or smooth oil-tanned leather.

Prestige also manufactures the Al Beres U.S.A. and Absolutely Fresh belt lines.

LUGGAGE BOOMS AT LANDS’ END: Lands’ End Inc. is building a new factory to handle increased demand for its soft luggage line. The 14,000-square-foot facility will be on a five-acre site in Elkader, Iowa. Construction is set to be completed by late fall.

Lands’ End currently assembles its luggage at a 20,000-square-foot plant in West Union, Iowa, as well as a small leased location in Elkader. The firm’s luggage division employs 170 people, but it plans to hire and train an additional 40 people by November.

Luggage is the only product that Lands’ End manufactures itself.


PERRY ELLIS GOES TO HOLIDAY FAIR: Holiday Fair Inc., a handbag vendor in New York, has become the new licensee for the Perry Ellis International women’s handbag and small leather goods line.

Until April, the license had been with International Designer Accessories, New York.

A division of Holiday Fair, Premier Designer Accessories, will manufacture the collection and will relaunch it at the August accessories market.

The lower-priced America portion of the collection will be geared for casual use with fabrications in vinyl, nylon, straw, canvas or string and with wholesale prices ranging from $15 to $19. Pieces in the more expensive Portfolio portion will be for day-into-evening, done in leathers and wholesaling from $36 to $76.

To handle the new business, Premier Designer Accessories has appointed Edward Miccinati president of the Perry Ellis division. Miccinati was president of the Rivage handbag division of Bag Bazaar.

The line will be sold at the firm’s New York showroom at 350 Fifth Ave.

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