NEW YORK – Where to find a quick haricut, a new place to mange and a place in the magazine sun.
RAY-BAN HITS THE STANDS: The eyewear division of Bausch & Lomb is looking to translate the image of its most popular brand, Ray-Ban, into magazine form. The company, in conjunction with publisher Hachette-Filipacchi and ad agency The Arnell Group, will roll out its first issue of Ray-Ban Sun this April. The magazine, which is expected to reach 1.3 million homes, will feature articles on — what else? — the sun as it relates to beauty, health, sports, entertainment and other lifestyle topics.
Ray-Ban Sun will also spotlight those that have fun in the sun. The debut issue features Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee and tennis aces Pete Sampras and Gabriela Sabatini, while model and volleyball player Gabrielle Reece graces the cover.
EAST SIDE OASIS: What you see is what you get at Moty Moty Salon, a newly opened establishment on the Upper East Side that glows like a little jewel set on a quiet, tree-lined street.
“Anyone passing by immediately can see what we’re all about,” says Moty Alvow, owner of the salon, which is located at 142 East 73rd St. “Our space is small, intimate, clean and bright, and I think in a city like this, that’s inviting to a lot of people.”
In addition, Alvow points out, he and his team — which includes hair and makeup stylists as well as skin specialists — don’t require weeks of advance notice should a client decide she needs a quick pick-me-up.
“We make a point of accommodating people when it’s convenient for them, not us,” Alvow says.”I don’t think most women wake up in the morning and say, ‘I really need to get my hair cut three weeks from now,’ so when someone needs something done that day, we do it that day.”
THE FIRM: Attention, nylon lovers! Firmament, a new bag line constructed primarily out of the trendy material, is here and in the stores. The company is the brainchild of Patricia and Michael Tagle, a brother-and-sister team. With backgrounds in marketing and time spent on Seventh Avenue, they’ve gone into the accessory business with a vengeance.
Their current accounts include Charivari, Barneys New York and Fred Segal, L.A. The bags range in wholesale price from $30 to $135, and the Tagles project a wholesale volume of about $60,000 this year.
The core group of the collection is in nylon, because they believe it offers a lot of style at a reasonable price. “Firmament is for someone who is looking for the look but doesn’t have the cash,” says Michael, adding that he and his sister also hope to do a sportswear collection in the future. Then he says, “The bags are so popular right now they’ve already been shoplifted at Barneys.”
A CORNER TABLE: Le Streghe, a new Italian restaurant on the corner of West Broadway and Grand Street, is serving up northern and southern Italian food in style. The restaurant, designed by Gianfranco Langatta, who also did the nearby Boom, has a arty industrial look to it that suits the character of the neighborhood. Its owners, Teresa Rovito and Maria Pezzella, have been in the restaurant trade here for over a decade.
Rovito’s love of food and Pezzella’s knowledge of wines make the pair a winning team. “Le Streghe is my baby,” Rovito says. “I’ve been involved in other restaurants in the past, but this one has all the best elements of all I’ve learned and all I want a restaurant to be.” Specialties of the house include a pasta caramelle, which suggests miniature party favors stuffed with veal and chicken, a moist and flavorful tuna tartare and a rich white chocolate mousse.