CORD CALLING: Accessories designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord is scouting locations for a store in uptown Manhattan and is planning to move out of his SoHo flagship and into another location within that city neighborhood by Jan. 1. The 5,000-square-foot, two-floor SoHo store, Kieselstein-Cord’s first company-owned retail location, opened on West Broadway in September 2002.
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“We took the store with the option to leave after 18 months, and we are now close to finalizing a lease on another similarly sized store within the neighborhood where there is more foot traffic,” said Kieselstein-Cord.
He revealed his plans recently at a Bergdorf Goodman cocktail party, where he feted his first collection of diamond jewelry, called Kieselstein-Cord Premier. The party drew an eclectic crowd, including Mary McFadden, former Time Warner honcho Bob Pittman, Massimo Ferragamo and showroom owner Cynthia O’Connor.
Priced from about $700 to $1.5 million, the jewelry includes plenty of 18-karat gold and diamonds and is produced under a partnership with diamond company Premier Gem Co.
TECHNO A GO-GO: Emanuel Ungaro has joined the made-to-order accessories melee, but on its own terms.
Creative director Giambattista Valli has created collectible handbags and shoes that take the themes of his recent spring runway collection to a new zenith.
“There’s a certain level of customer who loves exclusive pieces, and for us, it’s a way to maximize the creativity on our accessories,” he said during a preview of the line. “I’m trying to bring out all the most sophisticated techniques of Ferragamo [which owns Ungaro].”
With wedge heels composed of silver chains woven like a basket, the shoes also boast tasseled cords snaking up the ankle. The handmade shoes, with the handwritten autograph of the Ferragamo worker in Florence who made them, will retail for about $2,000 and take about two months to produce from the time of order.
Meanwhile, handbags elaborate on the electronic-gadgets theme shown on the runway. Some are in the shape of cameras and others a bulbous set of audio headphones. The pinnacle is a $4,640 evening bag resembling a camcorder and paved in pink Swarovski crystals. The viewfinder is a mirror.
PERRY ELLIS WARMS UP: Perry Ellis International Inc., has signed a licensing agreement with Amiee Lynn Inc., for a collection of cold-weather accessories.
The licensee will manufacture and distribute hats, scarves and gloves for the Perry Ellis and Perry Ellis Portfolio labels. George Feldenkreis, chairman and chief executive officer of Perry Ellis International, said the new licensing deal is a further step in the repositioning of Perry Ellis women’s wear. Hats are expected to hit retail next spring, with scarves and gloves to follow in the fall.
MARTA’S NEXT MOVE: Marta Nowakowski has joined Mitchells of Westport and Richards in Greenwich, both stores in Connecticut, as senior buyer for nonapparel goods, including jewelry, shoes and handbags.
Nowakowski previously worked at Bergdorf Goodman for more than six years, most recently as senior buyer for jewelry and watches. During her tenure at Bergdorf’s, the store added such vendors as Buccelati and Vhernier and opened its watch boutique last August. Nowakowski reports to president Bob Mitchell.