The Venice-themed evening will feature silent-auction items from a variety of fashion and accessories firms, including offerings from Gucci, Hermes, Burberry, Kate Spade, Kenneth Jay Lane, Louis Vuitton, Lulu Guinness and Swarovski, as well as two business-class tickets on Al Italia airlines.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,the same charity that Safilo will help support as the special benefactor of QVC’s 2002 Cure By the Shore fund-raising event slated to be televised on QVC June 1.
SAG BAGS: As part of a larger plan to build its brand, Sag Harbor is beefing up its accessories offerings.
The brand, a division of Kellwood Co., has signed a deal with Koltov Inc. for Sag Harbor handbags, small leather goods and cosmetic bags.
“Our plan is to make Sag Harbor a market leader in the handbag category within the next three years,” said Brett Stone, Koltov’s president.
The collection will be sold at department and specialty stores this fall. Retail price points range from $20 to $50.
CAROLEE’S ROAD TRIP: Jewelry firm Carolee and cosmetics giant Estee Lauder are taking their show on the road. The two firms are teaming up to provide nights of personalized makeup and jewelry training at department stores around the country this spring.
There will be 24 events in 21 cities starting this month. These will be called “Pearls of Wisdom: Getting Makeup Right,” and will offer women a free Estee Lauder makeover, while a Carolee specialist then complements the makeup with pearl colors.
Among the stores they will be visiting are Burdines in West Dade, Fla., and Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor in New York.
NEW WJA PREZ: Anna Martin, a senior vice president at ABN Amro Bank, is the new president of the Women’s Jewelry Association. She succeeds Phyllis Bergman, president of Mercury Ring Corp.
At ABN Amro Bank, Martin has been responsible for increasing the bank’s diamond lending and financing to jewelry manufacturers.
JOINING COACH: Gary Loveman has been named to Coach Inc.’s board, bringing the number of directors to seven.
Loveman is president and chief operating officer of Harrah’s Entertainment, the casino and entertainment company. Loveman, who joined Harrah’s in 1998, was an associate professor of business administration at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
NEW VIEW: Italian high-end jewelry brand La Nouvelle Bague has joined ViewPoint, the New York sales and marketing showroom. The 25-year-old brand was founded by Leopoldo Poli and his wife, Lea, in Florence, Italy. The brand’s jewelry includes platinum, gold, diamonds and enamel and is inspired by Italian architecture.