LITTLE GWEN-PEEP: There’s a certain logic in going out while you’re still on top, but Gwen Stefani clearly understood her L.A.M.B collection is just getting started. She’s decided to extend her initial yearlong collaboration with LeSportsac for one more season. Textbook definitions for things like “love” and “angels” will replace last year’s Old English script design. The tartan bags will hit stores in late summer and retail from $68 to $198.
NEW GIG: Michael Horowitz joined bridge jewelry firm Lois Hill Accessories as president, a new post.Most recently, Horowitz was president and chief executive officer of Judith Jack, which was sold to Jones Apparel Group in 2001. He left Judith Jack in March 2003.In his new job, Horowitz will work with New York-based designer and ceo Lois Hill on building the brand, its awareness and its infrastructure to support growth. Hill’s sterling silver jewelry currently sells to about 200 doors nationwide, including Nordstrom, Marshall Field’s, Bloomingdale’s and select better specialty stores. Horowitz declined to disclose the company’s sales volume, but said there are opportunities to be in better specialty stores, sell internationally and add other accessories categories.
HAUTE DOG: The accessory du jour is a lap dog, and now gossip columnist Cindy Adams wants to accessorize it. Once again, she is immortalizing her Yorkie, Jazzy (also the subject of her book published in February, “The Gift of Jazzy”), with a new pet accessories collection Jazzy Couture. Pooch-sized hot pink raincoats, electric blue sweaters and dog totes went on sale on QVC last Thursday. Prices range from $11 for a cotton chew toy to $70 for a dog carrier-tote.
EYE ON TOP JOB: John Michael Skuro has been promoted to president of Icon Eyewear, a fashion sunglasses manufacturer, a new post. Earlier, Skuro was vice president of sales for department and specialty stores. Icon Eyewear was founded in 1993 and is owned by Michael Chang with offices in Manhattan and Long Island City, Queens, N.Y.
IN THE RED: The Red Hat Society has signed a licensing agreement with Stockton, Calif.-based Dorfman Pacific for the production of red, pink, and purple hats under the Red Hat Society brand name. Priced from $10 to $50 wholesale, the hats will top the group’s 400,000 members.
FEEL-GOOD SHOPPING: QVC’s annual “Cure by the Shore” event to benefit multiple sclerosis is a good cause — and the accessories, jewelry and beauty products are 50 percent off retail. The event, cohosted by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, will be broadcast live from Malibu, Calif., on May 22. Considering the sun-kissed location, it makes sense that it’s offering sunglasses galore. The majority of the booty is donated by eyewear manufacturer Safilo Group, which includes sunglasses from Dior, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, among others. CK Calvin Klein, Nautica and Fendi shades also will be up for grabs, courtesy of donor Marchon Eyewear. Tommy Hilfiger designed a graffiti T-shirt for the cause and Solstice sunglass boutiques will donate 10 percent of sunglass sales to MS research and education May 22-May 31.