A VISION OF ELEGANCE: Lanvin soon can add eyewear to its assortment of accessories offerings. The Paris fashion house has signed a licensing agreement with French firm L’Amy Group for a line of women’s and men’s ophthalmic and sunglass frames.
A L’Amy spokeswoman said the collection will seek to deliver a balance between classic and modern, for which Lanvin has become known under the direction of Alber Elbaz.
The looks, which will retail from $200 to $300, are scheduled to preview at the Mido optical trade fair in Milan this May and will launch in high-end department stores, specialty stores and optical boutiques in the U.S. beginning in August.
RUSSIAN DRESSING: Damon Dash likes the sound of his name in many languages.
On Wednesday, the hip-hop mogul, who announced his departure from Rocawear just over a month ago, held the first press preview for his year-old, high-end watch collection, Tiret, which means “dash” in Russian. He said the name was as much a tribute to himself as his co-designer, Daniel Lazar, who was born in the country and grew to prominence after designing flashy watches for Jacob & Co.
“Damon already knew about me,” Lazar said. “We were introduced and we clicked. We decided we wanted to be partners in creating a very distinguished-looking timepiece.”
The oversize round or oval watches in a variety of interpretations feature Swiss construction, a signature clasp of sapphire crystal, mother-of-pearl faces and diamonds. Retail prices open at $15,000.
“I’ve evolved in my career and I want to do things that reflect my lifestyle,” Dash said. “Tiret is so exclusive that you almost have to have a membership to even shop the brand. We are very carefully choosing the stores that will carry it.”
MELROSE SPACE: Add Me&Ro jewelry to the list of brands moving into the once sleepy, tree-lined enclave that is West Hollywood’s Melrose Place.
Me&Ro, known as much for its simple aesthetic and one-of-a kind stones as for its celebrity following, is joining Diane von Furstenburg, Marni, Marc Jacobs, Tracey Feith and soon-to-be neighbor Temperley on Dec. 1. This marks the third store and first West Coast outpost for Me&Ro. The company has a location at the Shore Club in Miami and on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan’s NoLIta district.
At 1,300 square feet, this will be the company’s largest store. Among its assortment will be a small collection of earrings and rings crafted of rare, 1,000-year-old coral beads paired with 22-karat gold. There also will be limited-edition pieces, including a necklace of faceted lapis beads on either a black leather cord or a 22-karat gold wire chain, as well as a clear golden quartz necklace designed with teardrops and marquis-shape beads.
A CLEAN STATEMENT: Beginning this month for the holiday retail season, Laundry by Shelli Segal, which has been owned by Liz Claiborne Inc. since 1999, is offering an assortment of handbags and jewelry.
“The Laundry girl is feminine, but in a more modern, sexy, sleek way,” said Dina Battipaglia, president of Liz Claiborne and contemporary accessories. “She’ll wear what is traditionally known as a social element during the day, too.”
The collection comprises 18 handbag silhouettes and 100 jewelry styles. Wholesale prices for the handbags range from $54 to $150, while the jewelry is wholesaling from $15 to $85. The collection is retailing at Laundry stores and through department and specialty stores.
A PULITZER PRIZE: What’s good for charity can be good for business. That’s the case with Lilly Pulitzer, which has sold so many scarves to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation that it has added three styles to its spring collection. The scarves are made of silk twill with hand-rolled edges and feature five bright floral and fauna prints typical of Pulitzer. They are offered in an oblong shape retailing for $78, a neckerchief for $58 and a large square for $120.