COACH’S NEW VIEW: Coach has signed a licensing agreement for sunglasses and optical frames with Marchon Eyewear, which also manufactures sunglasses for Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Fendi. Coach sunglasses were previously manufactured in a license with Signature Eyewear.
With Coach’s growth in recent years, the company was said to have been on the lookout for a licensing partner with a global manufacturing and distribution network, and settled on Marchon for sunglasses as well as optical frames, which will be new to Coach’s assortment.
“The new Coach Eyewear collection will allow us to capture an increasing share of our consumers’ accessory wardrobe and further strengthen our positioning as a lifestyle brand,” said Kate Buggeln, senior vice president of strategic planning and business development at Coach.
The sunglass collection is slated to hit Coach boutiques and select sunglass retailers next spring, and Marchon is planning to unveil the optical collection later that year. The line is expected to retail from $120 to $160.
WITH HONORS: For David Yurman and his wife Sybil, the key to a bright future is a healthy education system. That’s why the duo teamed up with the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and its president, Jill S. Levy, last week to honor the city’s public school principals, assistant principals and supervisors for their commitment to New York schools.
Held at Ruby Foo’s restaurant, the event attracted Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, former New York public advocate Mark Green and 450 public school principals, assistant principals and supervisors from each borough.
“Education is where your foundation begins,” said Sybil Yurman, the firm’s president and chief marketing officer. “Children were affected this past year, so it is especially important that principals have every backing possible from the community.”
Yurman plans to put together a panel to help school administrators strengthen their business administration skills and creative marketing techniques. She also announced five special “Time for Leadership” awards for the CSA Annual Conference on Nov. 23. These are for leadership in creating and sustaining the arts; leadership in entrepreneurial endeavors; leadership in community building; leadership with passion, and leadership in embracing diversity.
EYE SPY: Marni, the Italian fashion house, is moving into eyewear, but it is taking it one step at a time. Allison Eyewear, a division of IT Holdings, produced a trial group of Marni sunglasses that made their runway debut recently in Milan, a Marni spokeswoman said. If the shades sell, Marni will consider rolling out a full line through a licensing agreement.
EBEL’S HONOR: Earlier this month, LVMH watch brand Ebel teamed up with watch retailer Tourneau and W magazine to honor Debbie Clemens, wife of New York Yankee Roger Clemens, with the 2002 Ebel Woman of Achievement Award.
The company chose Clemens for her charitable work on The Roger Clemens Foundation, which she founded with her husband in 1992 to raise funds for children in need.
“Debbie Clemens’ hard work and dedication in helping to provide children with a healthier and happier future not only exemplifies the Ebel Woman of Achievement, but also reflects a strong and nurturing parent who cares about the adults of tomorrow,” said Randi Shinske, president and chief executive officer of Ebel USA.
Held at the Tourneau TimeMachine flagship on 57th Street in Manhattan, the event attracted a smattering of “Sopranos” cast members, including Jeff Marchetti, Matt Delnegro and Michael Servitto.
“We enjoy giving back to the community,” said Debbie Clemens, flashing the Beluga watch Ebel presented her with.
HONG KONG MOMENT: Officine Panerai opened its first freestanding store outside of Italy, in Hong Kong last week.
The 484-square-foot unit is located at the Prince’s Building. Its neighbors include such luxury brands as Cartier, Chanel, Dunhill and Van Cleef & Arpels.
A spokeswoman for Panerai in Hong Kong said the company views the new store as a stepping stone to China and the rest of Asia. Although no plans are confirmed yet, Panerai is said to be looking at sites in Japan, China and the U.S.
Hong Kong-based interior designer Andrea Lui, who worked under the artistic direction of Panerai’s Giampiero Bodino, created the store’s look. She based the rich wood, cream walls and old-world charm of the boutique on the Bottega del Arte store in Florence.