MANHATTAN TRANSFER: Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, the two members of the Trovata quartet who left the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-winning, surf-inspired sportswear label in December, are going to hang 10 in New York's SoHo district. Halmos said the duo will move to Manhattan in a couple of weeks to launch their new line, dubbed Shipley & Halmos, for the spring 2008 selling season. At their farewell party on Saturday at West Hollywood's Seven nightclub, where designers from Quiksilver, Fox, Fremont and other Southern California clothing labels gave the Trovata alumni a rowdy send-off, Halmos said New York has more to offer than Los Angeles in terms of creativity and resources. Trovata is currently designed by the sole remaining member, John Whitledge. The fourth founding member, Josia Lamberto-Egan, left Trovata last June.
ENTENTE CORDIALE: Not since the opening of the mega Mall of America have so many retailers converged on one site. This time, it's for Josie Natori, who will celebrate her 30 years in business with an "intimate" dinner for 90 people at La Grenouille on Nov. 1 with retail chief executives Steve Sadove of Saks Fifth Avenue, Burt Tansky of the Neiman Marcus Group, Terry Lundgren of Macy's Inc., Pete Nordstrom of Nordstrom Inc., Michael Gould of Bloomingdale's and Bill Dillard 2nd of Dillard's, hosting the dinner. "This is a great time for Josie," Sadove said. "She's not only celebrating her 30th anniversary, her son just got married, and she's as inventive and innovative as she's ever been. She's everywhere — Paris, the Philippines. Very few people have her energy level."
HELMUT LANG ON MELROSE AVENUE: Designer brand Helmut Lang will open a boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in late summer. The freestanding store — under construction across the street from Melrose Place — is adjacent to a new 4,000-square-foot Theory boutique, which is also owned by Helmut Lang's parent company, Japan's Link Theory Holdings Co. Ltd. The store will be the only freestanding Helmut Lang unit in the U.S., though the company is said to be eyeing retail space in New York.