Accessories

Coach, Inc. to change its name to Tapestry, Inc.

New York-based house of accessories and lifestyle brands Coach, Inc. last week announced that it will be changing its name to Tapestry, Inc., (NYSE: TPR) effective October 31, 2017. The name change does not affect the Coach brand itself, but only the name of the corporate entity that owns the coach brand, as well as the […]

Luxottica unveils personalized Ray-Ban and Oakley space at Bogota El Dorado Airport

Luxottica Group and Motta Internacional S.A. have unveiled striking new personalized merchandising units for sunglasses brands Ray-Ban and Oakley in the Attenza Duty Free store in the departures area at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport. The personalized merchandising units, which include a Ray-Ban shop-in-shop and Oakley backwall, form part of the newly refurbished 182 sqm […]

Coach introduces the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection

New York-based Coach announces the launch of Coach x Selena Gomez, a new collection in partnership with the actress and singer. Featuring the Selena Grace, a bag designed by Selena in collaboration with Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers, the offering also includes small leather goods and accessories available for a limited time. The Selena Grace, […]

Industry veteran Laurent Lamotte launches new agency for luxury brands in Latam

 Well-respected travel retail executive Laurent Lamotte brings together his wide range of experiences to his new position of managing partner for his new company HERA Latam, an agency of luxury brands in Latin America. Lamotte’s former roles, ranging from representing the Longines watch brand from the Swatch Group, over-seeing Latin America retail develop-ment for fashion house […]

Eyewear giants Luxottica and Essilor to merge

Two of the largest eyewear companies in the world have announced that they are merging, which will create a “global integrated player” of major proportions. Italy-based Luxottica and France’s Essilor announced the deal—worth approximately $16 billion according to published reports — on Monday. Essilor International today reported that it had reached a share exchange with […]

Japan’s Citizen Watch acquires Frederique Constant Group

Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant has been acquired by Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. The price was not disclosed. The acquisition, announced on May 26, is implemented under Citizen’s mid-term “Citizen Global Plan 2018.” The purchase of Frederique Constant is part of Citizen’s multi-brand strategy to complete its portfolio through the acquisition of Swiss watch manufacturers.      […]

Desigual scoops Best New Retail Concept award at LaGuardia Airport

Barcelona fashion brand Desigual has been recognized by New York LaGuardia Airport Terminal B master retail developer Marketplace Development as Best New Concept 2015 during the 10th “Quest for the Best” annual awards brunch. The 74sqm LaGuardia store – opened in June 2015 –is the latest milestone in its drive to make Desigual’s colorful and […]

Porsche Design appoints Mimmo Mariottini VP Global Sales

German lifestyle brand Porsche Design has appointed well-known travel retail executive Mimmo Mariottini as VP Global Sales and US-CEO of Porsche Design of America, Inc. He will lead together with Karsten von Engeln, COO Porsche Design of America, Inc., the brand’s US subsidiary. In his previous position at Bally, Mariottini served as VP Global Sales […]

Safilo to launch Swatch branded eyewear this spring

Eyewear creator Safilo and Swatch Ltd have signed a five-year agreement to create a colorful, playful lifestyle collection of Swatch branded sunglasses. The Swatch eyewear–called Swatch The Eyes –will be launched in spring 2016 and will be sold through Safilo’s U.S. retail chain, Solstice, as well as select North American eyewear retailers and distributors around […]

Worldclassbrands adapts to meet changing market needs

Celebrating its 15th year as an exclusive agent for travel retail, duty free, and in-flight markets, Worldclassbrands has transformed its business over the past few years, shifting its portfolio to the “products that consumers want,” says Lenny Di Cristofano, Worldclassbrands president. “We are seeing double digit growth in large part because we shifted our product […]

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