Week in Review: Top 10 Online Articles

In What's New, Industry News by Accessories Staff


A glimpse into the future? Google and Luxottica to partner on a new generation of smartglasses

New York—Mentoring, partnerships and collaborations. They were a chief topic in fashion industry news this week.

Topping the list is the high/low combination of shoe designer Brian Atwood and footwear entrepreneur Steve Madden who announced they bought the Brian Atwood brand and assets. Atwood himself remains as chief creative officer of his brand while Steve Madden’s business now expands into the luxury realm.

Looking into the Future

Another partnership that’s garnering plenty of speculation is that between Internet giant Google and eyewear giant Luxottica. The duo plan to incorporate the rarefied Google Glass technology into Luxottica’s eyewear creating an opportunity for a new niche in eyewear, smartglasses.

Speaking of the future, the ICE Jewelry Awards took another step forward. Mentors, including some of fashion jewelry most notable names, worked with FIT jewelry design students on concepts for the first-ever ICE Crystal Jewelry Awards. It’s down to the 10 semi-finalists which will be narrowed down to five finalists soon. Stay tuned.

Here are these and other leading articles for the week that you ought not to miss:

1. Marriage in Shoe Heaven? Brian Atwood, Steve Madden Join Forces

2. Report: Luxury Watch Sales Trending “Strong” for 2014

3. ICE Award Jewelry Student Submissions are in…and They’re Amazing!

4. Kohl’s CMO Quits Amid Merchandising Shifts

5. Google, Luxottica Partner on “Smartglass” Technology

6. Li & Fung to Spin Off Licensing, Brand Division

7. Perry Ellis Intn’l Inks Deal with Fantasia for Rafaella Accessories

8. G-III Q4 Profit Surges 62% on Record Sales

9. CFDA to Honor Rihanna with Fashion Icon Award

10. PVH Q4 Sales Up 25% But Swings into Loss on Warnaco Costs


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