CHLOE EYES: Chloé International SA has licensed L’Amy Group, the French producer and distributor of eyewear, to produce both ophthalmic frames and sunglasses under the Chloé brand name. The collection will launch at Mido in Milan in May. L’Amy also produces eyewear for Lacoste, Nina Ricci and Kipling, among others. Company officials couldn’t be reached to comment on the price range.
LA PERLA RESTRUCTURING: Competition from low-cost manufacturing countries and a stagnant European market are forcing Gruppo La Perla to take action. According to speculation, La Perla is talking to unions about laying off 30 percent of its employees, or about 400 people. The Bologna-based group issued a statement on Wednesday saying it plans to “initiate an aggressive commercial strategy together with a rationalization of its functional units.” A spokeswoman for the company declined further comment.
BUCHMAN AT NEIMAN’S: Dana Buchman’s personal appearances at Neiman Marcus in Fort Worth, North Park and Plano in Texas last week resulted in $600,000 worth of sales of fall merchandise. Among the bestsellers were a black lamb leather and cropped jacket for $1,295, a jeweled mesh capelet for $375, a crushed velvet jacket for $475, a zebra jacquard jacket for $495 and ribbon-embellished denim jeans for $350.
HUDSON OUT AT COLE: Susan Hudson, senior vice president of wholesale, has resigned from Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. A 15-year veteran with the company, Hudson has been instrumental in the growth of the wholesale business. She plans to pursue other opportunities, a company spokeswoman said. Paul Blum, president of Kenneth Cole Productions, has assumed her responsibilities until a replacement is named.
HERRMANN’S NEW ROLE: Tanner Krolle Ltd., the London-based accessories firm, has appointed Anja Herrmann as director of merchandising and production. Herrmann will be responsible for product strategy, management and development as well as sourcing and production. Herrmann was most recently a buyer and director of retail at Polo Ralph Lauren, where she launched accessories in 42 U.S. boutiques. Prior to Polo, she was merchandising manager for Christian Dior Couture.