MANGO MINUTES: Spanish fast-fashion firm Mango has inked a licensing agreement to launch watches under its label at the Baselworld trade show in Switzerland this March. The deal is in partnership with Endura SA, an affiliate of Switzerland’s Swatch Group. The watches will be designed for women, and will be for the fall selling season.
PATRICK COX MOVES UP: Canadian-born, London-based Patrick Cox will launch his first high-end accessories collection for women and men next month exclusively in the brand’s stand-alone stores in the U.K. and Paris, with intentions to roll out worldwide for fall.
A spokeswoman for the company said the line, comprising 50 designs, including handbags and small leather goods, was a “natural extension for the brand.”
Prices will range from about 195 pounds, or $343, for a shoulder purse to 1,200 pounds, or $2,112, for a luxury travel bag. Styles include barrel silhouettes in hot-pink python, green suede satchels and caramel shoulder bags with brass stud detailing. A leather bag with a detailed shoulder strap will appear alongside the footwear collection in the upcoming spring ad campaign, starring Cox’s friend, Elizabeth Hurley.
LEG UP: The house of Kenzo is the latest fashion name to associate itself with Austrian hosiery maker Wolford AG. The two firms have teamed up on a collection of legwear for the fall-winter selling season that draws on the ethnic and exotic references for which the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand is known.
“Cooperations with famous designers are an important driver for success and fashion attraction nowadays,” said Holger Dahmen, Wolford’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Previous Wolford collaborators have included Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, Pucci and Missoni.
CHANGING THE DIAL: Armand Nicolet is getting in touch with its feminine side for spring.
The 100-year-old Swiss watchmaker, which relaunched its own men’s watch collection three years ago following a 40-year hiatus, is introducing a collection of signature women’s timepieces beginning this month. The collection, called MO3, comprises three mechanical styles, each decked out with different complications like moon phases and chronographs.
“What’s typical in the category are aesthetic timepieces that have a heavy diamond count,” said Mark Marek, president of Fifth Avenue Luxury Group, which distributes Armand Nicolet watches in North America and the Caribbean. “But women have been voicing their opinions and saying they want a watch with a little more substance. So we decided to try to leapfrog ahead and create watches that are both feminine and sophisticated.”
The Armand Nicolet women’s watches feature 34-millimeter cases designed from either stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold and a face that marries silver or black guilloche decoration with white, black, light blue or pink mother-of-pearl accents. Other details are coordinating alligator or metal straps and diamonds treatments at the bezel. Prices for the wristwatches, which will be distributed through independent jewelers like Grenon’s in Newport, R.I., and Bachendorf’s in Dallas, range from $2,350 to $25,150.
NEXT UP: The Accessories Council and the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, the College for the Business of Fashion, held the second annual Next Generation Awards on Tuesday, honoring winners of the school’s competition among seniors to create a marketing plan for the launch of a new accessories-related product, publication or store.
Alice Roi, who said she is launching handbags possibly for next fall, served as the host of the event, which drew some 250 guests at the McGraw Hill Building Auditorium. Winners were Jannell Bynoe, Shaun Champatsingh, Carmen Husk and Renee Migliaccio for creating the marketing plan for Adorn magazine; Jenna Bookman, Erin Fisher, Erica DeJong, Kristie Loscalzo and Kristin Perrotti in the product category for the conceptualization of Palmetto, and Dena Rienzi, Laura Siler, Kim Wolf and Jiwon Yoon for the XY store. Sponsor Nine West and benefactors Solstice, Riviera Trading Inc. and Neiman Marcus were also involved in the event.