MOUNTAIN’S RANGE: Mountain High Knitwear has acquired the sock and slipper license for Cuddl Duds, a manufacturer of warm and thermal underwear, camisoles and daywear. Cuddl Duds is preparing to launch a women’s sock collection for fall 2009 that will feature eco-friendly and technologically advanced fabrics such as the Ecosoft sock collection created from sustainable resources. Gerald Birin, chief executive officer of Mountain High Knitwear, said the two firms share a commitment to using sustainable materials. Cuddl Duds is an exclusive supplier to many major department stores, including J.C. Penney.
RUSSELL RELOCATES: Estate jeweler Stephen Russell will open its store at 970 Madison Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday. The space is double the size of its former store a few doors down. With neighbors such as Graff, Leviev and Kentshire, the 1,400-square-foot space will offer an array of jewelry from the 18th century to the present. Prices range from $2,000 into the millions. Stephen Feuerman and Russell Zelenetz founded the company in 1984 with a shop in Trump Tower. In 1999, the firm took its first space on Madison Avenue.
INDY WIN: Tissot is celebrating brand ambassador Danica Patrick’s victory in the Japan 300 by launching a watch in her honor. The Swiss brand will release the PRC 100 Danica Patrick Limited Edition as an homage to Patrick, the first woman to win an Indy car race. The water-resistant timepiece features 27 diamonds surrounding a white mother-of-pearl dial that is available on either a stainless steel bracelet or sculptured white rubber strap. Patrick’s signature is engraved on the case back.
“The Tissot PRC 100 Danica Patrick Limited Edition is a perfect representation of me,” Patrick said. “It combines style, beauty and function. I can wear it all day at the track and then out to a nice dinner.”
The watch will start selling this month at Tissot retailers nationwide for $795.
DEMPSEY ON THE DIAL: Patrick Dempsey is an avid fan of haute horology. After meeting JeanRichard president and chief executive officer Ron Jackson a few years ago at LeMans, the French auto race, the two became friends.
So it should come as no surprise that the actor should have good taste in watches. Dempsey, who collects vintage and contemporary watches and owns several timepieces by JeanRichard and sister brand Girard-Perregaux, chose to wear a rare Grand TV Screen Tourbillon $135,000 JeanRichard in his new film, “Made of Honor.” At the film’s premiere last month, Dempsey presented a pair of watches to a couple that was selected to marry on the red carpet. No word if he’ll be sending a wedding gift of his own.
A TIMED PAIRING: Montblanc hosted an event at San Francisco’s Shreve & Co. last week to announce that its watch, silver jewelry and fine writing instruments will be available at the jewelry retailer’s flagship in the city.
As part of this new partnership, Shreve & Co. also will have a dedicated Montblanc sales specialist to assist customers with all matters related to the luxury brand. The store is also the first retailer to offer select timepieces from Montblanc’s exclusive Collection Villeret 1858, where each piece is created by hand from the highest quality materials. Guests were treated to a special presentation by Demetrio Cabiddu, the head of the Minerva Institute for Research in Fine Watchmaking, whose signature is on each watch from the Collection Villeret 1858.
AN EYE ONLINE: Italian-based eyewear firm Modo is going live with e-commerce this week. The company, which also produces eyewear for fashion-forward firms such as 3.1 Phillip Lim and Derek Lam, is offering customers a “World of Modo” through its interactive Web site, modo.com. In addition to buying product, shoppers will be able to view the technology page discussing the benefits of its frames and lenses, a video showing the look of the new campaign and a complete retailer list for each brand.
MOSCOT RELAUNCH: Moscot Eyewear this week is reopening its renovated flagship on New York’s bustling 14th Street. The almost-two-year renovation has culminated in a space that promotes a social environment for staff and loyal customers.
The gallery at the top of the stairs showcases Moscot’s 93-year history and brand, similar to the Moscot Museum on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. The company commissioned Stephan Jaklitsch Design to create the in-store experience using a custom series of trays and containers to be stacked on a wall of open shelving.
“With the help of our architect, Stephan Jaklitsch, we intellectualized the flow of our Orchard Street store, our family history, brand language and company culture to create a design scheme that best represents the Moscot brand,” said Kenny Moscot, president.
HANDS ON: The glove, in all its glorious forms, is the subject of a new photo exhibit by the French still life photographer Nicolas Descottes. The exhibit will be open through Oct. 31 at the headquarters of the storied glove manufacturer Causse, based in Millau. The town, situated in the South of France, is otherwise known as the “Glove Capital.”
From the humble washing-up glove to a Russian cosmonaut’s puffy protective mitt, Descottes spent two years foraging through a huge number of archives, including those in fashion houses such as Chanel, Hermès, Azzedine Alaïa and Martin Margiela, as well as the Army and Renaissance museums of France. Spanning the 17th century to the present, a range of genres is covered, including the medical, sports, entertainment and fashion fields.
“Gloves are wonderfully graphic and have carried great symbolism throughout history, from domains such as religion through fashion,” Descottes said. A wider selection of photos, 144 in total, have been compiled into a new coffee table tome, “Gants,” French for “gloves,” which features a preface by Christian Lacroix.