ACCESSORIES COUNCIL EVENT: The Accessories Council is taking a Roman holiday. The association, along with eyewear company Safilo Group, will host a fund-raising event called “A Night in Venice,” from 6 to 9 p.m., March 9 during market week. The event will take place at the Safilo showroom on 404 Fifth Avenue.

The Venice-themed evening will include a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring items from fashion and accessories firms. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

NEW EXECS AT AMBROS: Ambros & Associates, the brand management company founded by former Tourneau executive Anthony J. D’Ambrosio, has named two new executives. Larry Boland has joined as a vice president, and Scott Mesnick was named director of business services.

Boland most recently was executive vice president at Tourneau, which he joined in 1990. He held several senior management positions at the watch retailer. Prior to joining Ambros, Mesnick co-created and worked on Microcord, an invisible chain design concept.

Ambros & Associates represents such clients as David Yurman and Raymond Weil.

CARTIER ADDITION: Cartier Inc. last month took over the North American distribution of Montegrappa, the high-end Italian pen manufacturer.

Alan Viot, president and chief executive officer of Cartier Inc., will oversee the brand management in conjunction with Montegrappa headquarters in Milan. Montegrappa was bought by the Richemont Group, Cartier’s parent, in 2000.

The pens will be distributed by Cartier’s commercial division, which wholesales watches, leather goods, pens and eyewear. Cartier does not sell its jewelry for wholesale distribution.


Abe Chehebar has been appointed chairman of Accessory Network’s board, a new position in the company. Chehebar also continues as ceo.

Todd Kahn, chief operating officer, was given the additional duties of president. Kahn joined Accessory Network last August from Internet payment technology firm InternetCash Corp., where he was president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, he was president of operations at Calvin Klein Jeans Worldwide, president of Warnaco retail stores at Warnaco, and chief operating officer and general council at Salant Corp.

“Todd’s increased contribution to the day-to-day activities of Accessory Network will allow me to focus more of my time on the company’s long-term strategy and acquisition opportunities, which are becoming plentiful in our marketplace,” Chehebar said.

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