EXECUTIVE NEWS: Accessory Design Holdings, based in Seattle, has promoted Eileen Warner to president, a new post. Warner joined the company in October in its New York office as vice president of sales and marketing for its Isabella Fiore and Talberry divisions. Prior to that, she was vice president and divisional merchandise manager of handbags and soft accessories at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she worked for 25 years.
In related news, ADH’s Isabella Fiore division hired Javan Bunch as president of footwear, a new post. Bunch joined the company from Joan & David, where he was president of footwear and licensing. In his new post, he will oversee design, sales, production, finance and operations of this division.
LOVE, LULU: There is nothing haphazard about the world of Lulu Guinness. From smart, vintage-inspired pumps to chic striped umbrellas, the Lulu Guinness girl has everything she needs to achieve a pulled-together look.
Now her manners of correspondence are getting the Guinness polish. The brand, under license with Minneapolis-based Mara-Mi Inc., introduced a stationery line that arrived in Lulu Guinness boutiques this month. The collection of thank-you cards, address books, journals, memo pads, postcards and note cards retails from $2.25 to $9.75 — and pictures Guinness’ favored illustrations such as handbags, makeup and sayings like “Be a Glamour Girl” and “Couture Forever.”
BAHAMA SUN: Tommy Bahama knows the best accessory for its tropical-print shirts is a nice pair of shades, and now the firm is going after that business, too. In a licensing deal with California-based Altair Eyewear, Tommy Bahama will launch a collection of sunglasses and ophthalmic frames for holiday 2004. Adhering to island style, the sunglass designs will feature tropical colors and will be distributed at Tommy Bahama boutiques and specialty retailers and resorts. Prices haven’t been set yet.
COUTURE MOVES: The Couture Jewellery Collection & Conference is moving to Las Vegas next year. But those who have become accustomed to the spa-like amenities offered in Scottsdale, Ariz. for the last two years, need not fret. The show at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino is expected to open in April 2005 and have even more luxury features, like flat-screen TVs, private massage rooms in each suite and the only golf course on the Las Vegas Strip, where the hotel is located.
In addition, the show and conference, which is organized by VNU Jewelry Group, a division of VNU Expositions Inc., is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, this year’s edition will be themed “A Decade of Elegance.” The annual Couture Design Awards Gala will feature “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno. The show and conference will be held from May 29 to June 2 at the Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
PLAY TIME: It’s likely a number of NBA players have purchased a thing or two from bling-king Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo. Now, with a new line of watches being produced in a partnership between the NBA and Arabo’s Jacob & Co., basketball fans can get in on the action.
The watches come in two sizes, 40 and 47 millimeter, and are offered in stainless steel or diamond bezels. Dials will be in colors matching the particular NBA team’s logo. Two additional leather bands will be sold with each watch, but there is the option to spring for a custom-made diamond band for $50,000. So maybe they’re not for a typical teenage fan with a poster of Jason Kidd in his bedroom. Even the $6,300 base retail price is pretty steep. The watches will be available at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
HIT THE SAC: LeSportsac is conquering the City of Light. After selling exclusively for the last few seasons at the hip Paris fashion and design emporium Colette, the New York-based label has begun branching out. LeSportsac has opened in-store stores at the Printemps and Bon Marche department stores. The 60-model range retails from $15 for a wallet to $175 for a large tote.
FLYING THE FLAG: San Francisco-based Jeanine Payer, best known for her chunky silver and gold pieces hand engraved with poetry, opened her first boutique there at 762 Market Street last month. After 15 years of distribution at both department stores and specialty boutiques, the brand is finally getting its own digs. The streamlined red-and-white space will house the jewelry collection in its entirety, including Payer’s recent foray into earrings and jewelry for infants. With Payer’s workshop upstairs, the shop will also serve as an outlet where the jeweler can offer customers one-of-a-kind pieces.