CAPEZIO BOWS WITH ARTIA: This spring, Capezio has a new line for serious ballet dancers in their teens, called Artia. As part of Capezio's Harmonie brand, which is dedicated to the needs of professional ballet dancers, Artia is a fashion-forward line for the 14- to 20-year-old set and hits stores next month. "Ballet's young and aspiring professionals are always on the lookout for great dancewear that will put them at the leading edge of fashion, while still delivering the ultimate in ballet-specific comfort and performance," said Sylvie Mesnier, Capezio's brands design manager and Harmonie vice president. Wholesaling for about $14, the debut Artia line includes five leotards, legwarmers, shorts and a bag — but each season it will add items on both short-term and long-term runs.
BRETTE SANDLER SEGUES FROM BEACH: New York-based designer Brette Sandler, a Parsons The New School for Design graduate who launched a swimwear line in spring 2005 at age 22, is extending her reach onto dry land with an "after sea" line this spring. "My swim line had these embroidered silk tunics, and I would see girls wearing them out at night," Sandler said. "Who doesn't like the idea of taking a beach lifestyle with you?" So Sandler designed three dresses, each available in multiple colors and wholesaling for $118, which will launch in about 10 doors. But she hopes the after sea line will eventually match the swim collection, which does some $300,000 in wholesale volume in about 30 doors, including Barneys New York, Intermix and Shopbop.com.