The company said the dresses are updated pieces that move from day to night dressing. Gruppo Americano is manufacturing the dresses in New York. Wholesale prices for the initial spring collection range from $75 to $160.
John Flahavin is marketing and merchandising consultant for the division, reporting to Debra Greco, vice president of sales and merchandising. Flahavin continues to sell Gruppo Americano collections in his showroom in Dallas. The firm projects first-year volume at about $5 million.
The company also makes the Giuseppe Collection, Luciano Tempesta and Gruppo Americano Studio labels.
JUMPING SOLO: Glenn Schlossberg is the sole owner of Jump Apparel after buying out his partner of 2 1/2 years, Wayne Diamond. The deal closed last week, and terms were not disclosed. Jump, based in New York, has sales of more than $12 million and produces junior and misses’ moderate-price eveningwear. Diamond continues to head another apparel company, Diamonds Run Ltd.
BILO JOINS JEAN ROBERTS: Designs for Jean Roberts, a New York better-price dress house that opened for spring, has appointed a head designer who calls himself Bilo. Bilo worked in design for Chloe and Karl Lagerfeld in Paris. He also spent nine years at Rodier in Paris as house designer.
His first collection for Jean Roberts will be summer-early fall.
MILLER FOR MARVEL: When Marvel Comic’s “X-Men” characters Jean Grey and Scott Summers tied the knot in the March issue of the comic book, the groom — also known as Cyclops — wore sunglasses over his eyes (which are capable of shooting powerful optic beams) and the bride wore Nicole Miller.
Miller, known for her whimsical prints, began her association with Marvel’s cast of characters three years ago, when she did a collage of superheroes on a series of items ranging from ties to women’s blazers. The designer followed that up with a Spiderman print and an X-Men pattern.
For Jean Grey, Miller drew a body-hugging, strapless mermaid gown in white with a geometrical pattern.
“It was a very fun project to do,” said Miller. “Now I have a subscription to Marvel Comics.”