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Claire’s Buys Icing Sites

NEW YORK — Claire’s Stores Inc. has purchased leases for 85 stores formerly operated by The Icing Inc. Claire’s paid $2.3 million in an all-cash transaction.

The Icing, which filed for bankruptcy in May 1995, and began…

clock January 30, 1996Wendy Hessen


Falling Temperatures Trigger Sharp Rise in Accessories Sales

NEW YORK — Cold-weather goods are heating up holiday accessories figures in stores around the country — and not a moment too soon.

Gloves, hats, scarves and mufflers, traditional staples of the season, are scoring big at nearly every level of…

clock December 19, 1994Wendy Hessen and Amanda Meadus


Accessories Stores Still on the Upswing

NEW YORK — After a boom period in the late Eighties, a group of accessories specialty store chains still appear to be on a growth track.

The leaders are continuing to develop through domestic and international expansion as well as by…

clock September 19, 1994Wendy Hessen

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Backpacks Fuel Mass Market

NEW YORK — Heading into the fourth quarter, handbag makers say 1994 is turning out to be a successful year at the mass market level, thanks in large part to backpacks and other functional items.

Many major vendors are reporting year-over-year…

clock September 12, 1994Wendy Hessen and Amanda Meadus

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Accessories Keep Perking into Summer

NEW YORK — The arrival of hot summer weather in many areas of the country has not slowed the gradually accelerating tempo of accessories business at retail.

Even though it’s a traditionally slow period for stores, accessories departments are…

clock June 27, 1994Wendy Hessen


Mark Cross Ready for Comeback Trail

NEW YORK — Mark Cross is on the move again. When the leather goods company, which dates back to 1845, was purchased last May by Sara Lee Corp., a number of its stores were closed and portions of its lines were discontinued, including a licensed…

clock June 20, 1994Wendy Hessen


Discount Accessories: Fashion Meets Value

NEW YORK — Accessories are alive and well at the mass market retail level.

A recent look at area units of four big discounters — Wal-Mart, Kmart, Caldor and Bradlees — revealed the following:

  • Current fashion trends, including ethnic…

clock June 13, 1994Wendy Hessen and Amanda Meadus

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Colbert Foundation Toasts a Banner Year

NEW YORK — About 350 members and guests attended the Colbert Foundation’s sixth annual benefit dinner last Wednesday evening in the gardens of the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design.

The event capped off the organization’s yearly…

clock June 13, 1994Wendy Hessen


First Fragments Store Opens in Soho

NEW YORK — Fragments, a jewelry manufacturers’ representative, quietly opened its first store over Memorial Day weekend — and that’s exactly how owners Jimmy Moore and Janet Goldman said they wanted to begin their new venture.

“We were happy…

clock June 6, 1994Wendy Hessen

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Victoria Creatiions Reduces Prices, Expands Items in Lagerfeld Line

NEW YORK — Victoria Creations wants to reach a wider audience with its licensed Karl Lagerfeld jewelry line.

Prices have been lowered substantially, and selections have been broadened, according to Pat Stensrud, president of Victoria…

clock May 31, 1994Wendy Hessen

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Fall Lights Up Trade Shows

NEW YORK — Activity at two major trade shows held here last week reflected the general sense in the market that accessories are in for a smoother ride after a bumpy year.

Here’s a look at the action at both events.


clock May 16, 1994Wendy Hessen and Amanda Meadus

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Focus on Vintage, Ethnic at Expo Providence Show

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Vintage and ethnic looks emerged as the top trends at Expo Providence, the jewelry components trade show held here last week at the newly opened Rhode Island Convention Center.

The three-day show, which ended Tuesday,…

clock May 9, 1994Wendy Hessen

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Vendors Try New Price Tags, Looks

NEW YORK — Vendors at the upcoming Fashion Accessories Expo will try new pricing and new products to stoke fall business.

As of Friday, show management reported 702 exhibitors have signed up for the show, scheduled for May 10-12 at Piers 90…

clock May 2, 1994Wendy Hessen and Amanda Meadus

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Update on the Classics

Higher-Priced Handbags are Banking on Trend Styles to Gain Business Ground

clock April 25, 1994Wendy Hessen

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Focus on Faster Turnaround Could Boost MJSA

NEW YORK — The growing need for faster turnaround should bode well for next month’s trade show of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America in Providence, R.I.

Jewelry designers and manufacturers say that in fashion jewelry, as in…

clock April 18, 1994Wendy Hessen

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