Ingwersen is blazing his own ethical trail, launching several categories within Noir. His spring collection will showcase Nu Noir, a line of transparent lingerie, which plays on the idea of transparency in the manufacturing chain, and he's just launched Black Noir, a diffusion line initially for the Scandinavian markets. Later in 2008, Ingwersen will introduce Illuminati II, a cotton fabric brand manufactured in Uganda under his control, which adheres to the U.N.'s Global Compact principles of corporate social responsibility. Illuminati II cotton is set to be available for fall 2008 collections.
LATEST IN TARGET: Dominique Cohen's advance from high to low was jump-started over the weekend when her limited edition jewelry collection debuted at Target stores. The Los Angeles designer, known for producing 18-karat rose and yellow gold necklaces in coin, lace, bamboo, Buddha and Champagne bubble motifs, made her layerable looks affordable by using ribbons, beads, faux pearls, and bronze and gunmetal chains. The necklace-heavy collection, which will end its run on Feb. 3, consists of about 25 styles priced from $14.99 to $59.99. Cohen has been eager to extend her reach beyond the women aged 30 and over who gobble up her core $6,000 to $35,000 jewelry. She opened a Los Angeles store last April that will be followed later this year by another on Madison Avenue and East 65th Street in Manhattan, and has been ramping up a handbag line initially introduced for fall. Dominique Cohen "is a lifestyle brand. [Leather goods are] another avenue for us to create more brand recognition, and it seemed like a no-brainer," Cohen said earlier this year.