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BOOTING UP: After launching her handbags last year, Joy Gryson, former director of design and development of handbags and accessories for Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, plans to grow her namesake company, Gryson. Footwear is on tap for fall.

“I am a shoe and boot fanatic,” said Gryson. “Like a lot of girls out there, I am always searching for the perfect boot, ballerina or pump. So I decided to stop looking for them and try to create them instead.”

The footwear has a feminine, urban vibe with a variety of ankle boots, pumps and flats. “I’m also the kind of girl to wear shoes season after season, year after year, so the Gryson designs are meant to be timeless but still with that distinctive downtown attitude,” she added.

Next up for Gryson is a capsule men’s collection, women’s belts and other accessories.

IN THE BAG: Ross Menuez is used to designing furniture, sculptures and even avant-garde pillows in the shapes of animals that were commissioned by photographer Bruce Weber. But for spring he is getting to express his other passion: handbags.

Menuez is expanding his screen-printed T-shirt line, Salvor (the middle name of his 13-year-old daughter, who is also his muse), to include handbags. Each of the slouchy Florentine suede shoulder bags and totes are screen-printed with Menuez’s signature graphic prints on the inside and outside. Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo loved the line so much that she picked it up for her London and Tokyo stores, Dover Street Market, and called on Menuez to screen-print men’s shirts and other items for her ready-to-wear collection.

The bags will also hit Barneys New York and Seven in New York this month with retail price tags of $695.

“Bags are always something that I’ve been obsessed with,” said Menuez. “I’m not an apparel person. I’m more sculptural the way I think. Bags are a happy medium for me.”

TIME OUT: New York-based Viva Time Corp. is launching a watch brand this week at Accessorie Circuit. TKO Orologio is a line of sport watches with acrylic and metal cases and colorful accents. The nine styles include square- and round-shaped cases with the option of crystal detail. Wholesale prices range from $47.50 to $87.50.

This story first appeared in the January 8, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“They’re fun and colorful,” said Maurice Eida, account executive for Viva Time. “[Consumers] are treating the acrylic watches as alternatives to status watches they already own.”

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