Closing Shop... High Times... Time on Skates

Anthony Nak, the 11-year-old CFDA Award-winning jewelry brand based in Austin, Tex., is closing.

Brooke Shields and Tamara Mellon at Saks Fifth Avenue

Brooke Shields and Tamara Mellon at Saks Fifth Avenue.


HIGH TIMES: Standing 6 feet tall doesn’t deter Brooke Shields from taking it up a notch. “I love heels. I love the way they make my legs look,” chimed the actress, who stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue on Thursday in a vertiginous pair of Jimmy Choo heels, Donna Karan sheath and Kimberly McDonald jewels for the launch of Choo’s 24:7 collection. “In the daytime, however, flats are a little more sensible to run around with my children.”

“Gossip Girl” actress Jessica Szohr also stopped by the fete, which was hosted by Jimmy Choo president and founder Tamara Mellon, Saks’ chairman and chief executive officer Stephen I. Sadove and Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey. “I’m a huge fan of Jimmy Choo,” said Szohr, who donned a cherry red pair. “I’m looking for shoes for fashion week.”

Anthony Nak, the 11-year-old CFDA Award-winning jewelry brand based in Austin, Tex., is closing.

Co-founders Anthony Camargo and Nak Armstrong, who designed the collection, have parted ways. Armstrong is readying to launch his own namesake line of one-of-a-kind fine jewelry pieces. Camargo, according to Armstrong, has moved from Austin to Thailand. Camargo could not be reached for comment.

The firm closed its Austin flagship boutique in January 2009, when it had all but stopped wholesaling jewelry. Only a small group of retailers continue to sell the last of their Anthony Nak inventory. The brand was once sold in top-tier fashion and jewelry stores such as Barneys New York. The company also has halted its line with QVC, which offered low-ticket items in silver with semiprecious stones. “We started to go down this path mentally before the economy crashed,” said Armstrong, who explained the duo simply had different goals. “I honestly believe we’d be going out of this business regardless [of the recession] because we decided to move on individually.


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