EVERLASTING DEALS: Activewear firm Everlast Worldwide Inc. added two new accessories licenses last week.
The company signed a deal to launch watches in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan with Hong Kong Stelux Watch Ltd.
For bags, it turned to New York manufacturer 24-7 International LLC, which is expected to produce bags with an active twist, from gym bags to duffels, backpacks and luggage. The bags will launch in the first quarter of 2005, with distribution to include sporting goods retailers. Price points were not available.
“We continue to expand in categories that we think make sense for our brand, which are lifestyle or fitness-style products, and certainly both these products fit into that,” said George Q. Horowitz, chairman and chief executive officer of Everlast Worldwide. “Also, we think there are great opportunities in Asia to reach the consumer.”
CHOO KUDOS: Jimmy Choo has received an honorary doctorate of design from De Montfort University in Leicester, England. “I am happy that [the university] recognizes my work as a designer. I am still learning and trying to improve myself,” Choo told graduates at the ceremony on July 19.
“He is an inspiration to our students for his passion and uncompromising commitment to creativity in design,” said Philip Tasker, vice chancellor of the university. The school offers the only single honors Footwear Design degree course in the U.K. In 2001, Choo sold his stake in the ready-to-wear footwear business he founded to Equinox Luxury Holdings Ltd. He continues to make made-to-order footwear from his London studio.
WATCH REVIVAL: Lancel is catching up on time. The leather goods company, owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont AG, will launch its watch and clock collection for women and men in September in Lancel stores. Lancel created its first timepiece in 1922, but since the early Nineties, had not started a new collection.
The collection, which draws inspiration from Lancel’s leather accessories, runs from classic watches and sports-inspired looks to modern geometric shapes and watches with diamond detailing. Retail prices for the watch collection range from $430 to $1,828. Prices are converted from the euro at current exchange rates.
SHOPPING MANIA: The only thing better than making accessories is shopping for them. The Accessories Council is homing in on this by hosting its annual August market event at The Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center in New York on Aug. 3.
Themed “Passport to Luxury,” each guest will receive a shopping passport featuring discounts and special offers from retailers at the center, from Solstice and Cole Haan to Tourneau and Stuart Weitzman. The event is sponsored by Solstice with Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman and Rain Vodka.