STAR QUALITY: Verdura has never deigned to design a piece in sterling silver, until now. In an homage to the September centennial of Greta Garbo’s birth, the fine jewelry firm has issued its curb-link bracelet, which the actress sported so famously in yellow gold, in the different metal.
The silver bracelet will be limited to 100 numbered pieces and will retail for $1,950 at Bergdorf Goodman, Wynn & Co. and Verdura’s New York salon. The yellow gold version is also available for $7,500.
The launch of the new bracelet coincides with the publication of Rizzoli’s “Garbo: Portraits from Her Private Collections,” penned by Garbo’s grandnephew, Scott Reisfield, and film historian Robert Dance.
TOPPING IT OFF: Young contemporary fashion brand Kenzie has signed an agreement with Amiee-Lynn Inc. to introduce belts, hats and cold-weather accessories to its assortment. The initial collection of about 100 styles will make its debut during market this week and will be available for fall delivery.
“Kenzie is steadily growing its offerings,” said Steven Seidman, chairman of InGroup Licensing, Kenzie’s exclusive licensing agent. “The Kenzie customer has a flair for fashion with a feminine twist, and she wants accessories to complete her look.”
Kenzie is targeting the product toward department and specialty stores in the U.S. and Canada. Prices will range from $8 at wholesale for hats to $30 for belts.
Kenzie is a Vancouver-based subsidiary of Westcoast Contempo Fashions. Amiee-Lynn is based in New York.
CIRCUS ACT: DoDo Pomellato’s jewelry line based on animal-shaped charms is poised to stampede further into France and the U.S.
Next year, the Milan-based firm plans to establish a freestanding boutique in Paris and three mall-based locations in the U.S., likely in Boston, Connecticut and the metropolitan New York area, said Francesco Minoli, Pomellato’s chief executive officer.
Last month, the fast-growing firm staged a gala evening in Paris, with a conceptual circus performance as its centerpiece. The event was staged to announce its push into France, its third-largest market. A juggling contortionist, a horse-riding clown and a goat unafraid of heights were meant to convey the “fantastical” world of DoDo and the strong emotions that lie behind jewelry purchases, Minoli said.
The unusual circus, which boasted a graphic set designed by French artist Daniel Buren, is headed for a contemporary arts festival this fall in Yokohama, Japan.
Meanwhile, Minoli said DoDo’s U.S. business continues to storm ahead, with annual retail volume of $2.5 million in only three doors: Bergdorf Goodman and two Bloomingdale’s locations in Manhattan.
Italy accounts for about 87 percent of DoDo’s total sales, which, for the first half of 2005, have amounted to $22.6 million. Worldwide, the 10-year-old brand is found in about 330 doors.
BREAK A SWEAT: Everlast Worldwide Inc. has inked a licensing deal with New York-based Sports Accessories Group LLC to produce a line of unisex, men’s and children’s bags.
The backpacks, sports bags, duffel bags, roll bags and luggage will launch this fall, and will be distributed at sporting goods retailers and department stores throughout the country.
PEARLY WHITES: Brooks Bros. is giving its female customers the perfect finishing touch. Starting in October, the New York-based retailer will be adding pearl necklaces, earrings and bracelets, as well as fashion jewelry, to its women’s accessories assortment of handbags, wallets, belts, silk scarves and other items.
The collection of about 30 pieces is codesigned by jewelry company Carolee from glass and freshwater pearls, cubic zirconias, Swarovski crystals and plated gold and silver. Many items feature the Brooks Bros. logo discreetly on closures and charms.
Paolo Secchia, product manager for Brooks Bros., said the move was a natural progression for the retailer.
“We want to complete the Brooks Bros. look, to develop it as more of a lifestyle brand,” he said.
The collection will roll out to about 10 of the stores, including the retailer’s Madison Avenue flagship in Manhattan, and will sell from $38 to $228. Brooks Bros. and Carolee are both owned by Retail Brand Alliance.