Archive for April, 2013

Interior Designer Alexa Hampton Brings Textile Line To HSN

April 25, 2013

Award-winning interior designer Alexa Hampton will launch Alexa Hampton Home, her first-ever textile collection, on HSN on May 2, the network said Wednesday.

The collection will feature bedding sets, headboard covers, sheets, throws, bath, and window treatments.  The styles are described as tailored, but the items will include neutral and blue animal-print bedding; jacquard-weave bedding collections; and foundational textile pieces in a range of colors including yellow, sage and wine.

Alexa Hampton

Alexa Hampton

The entire collection is priced under $200, including the seven-piece bedding sets.

“Sensible, gorgeous design shouldn’t be unattainable,” Hampton said in a canned statement.  “Together with HSN, my goal is to offer customers elegant and luxurious decor that is warm, fun, and accessible to everyone.”

Hampton is a fixture on Architectural Digest’s AD100, House Beautiful’s Top Designer list and is a member of Elle Decor’s A-list.

“Alexa is an accomplished high-end interior designer who can transform a space with marvelously creative designs, while still embracing her practical side as a working mother of three,” HSN Chief Merchandising Officer Anne Martin-Vachon said.  “Her approachability, vast knowledge of interior decor and elegant designs are sure to inspire and delight our customers. We look forward to Alexa joining our growing roster of talented designers.”

Hampton will return with new assortments in August and October.

QVC, Cosmetic Executive Women Launching Charitable Cancer Beauty Initiative

April 23, 2013

QVC is partnering with Cosmetic Executive Women Thursday with a program whose net proceeds will benefit Cancer and Careers, a program of the CEW Foundation that supports men and women balancing work and cancer, the home shopping network said Monday.

The two-hour broadcast, “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits,” will feature more than 15 prestige beauty brands across categories and price points. It will air at 9 p.m. Thursday.

The event aims to will highlight the philanthropic efforts of the beauty industry while giving viewers a chance to support a worthy cause through a multiplatform shopping experience.

“From color cosmetics and fragrance to skin and hair care products, various products from select brands such as bareMinerals, tarte, StriVectin and Mally Beauty will be offered,” QVC said in its press release.

Laura Geller with fellow QVC vendor Suze Orman

Laura Geller with fellow QVC vendor Suze Orman

As added incentives, QVC is offering a gift with purchase that consists of beauty samples from participating brands, and shipping and handling will be offered at no charge.

“Beauty with Benefits reflects QVC’s ongoing commitment to support the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement. “We’re thrilled to bring the beauty industry together to give consumers the opportunity to shop for a cause on April 25, while increasing awareness of the resources provided by Cancer and Careers.”

Throughout the evening, viewers will be informed of the impact each purchase can make in the lives of men and women affected by cancer. Unique content created for the show is scheduled to include inspiring segments featuring those who benefited from Cancer and Careers along with an interview with CEW President Carlotta Jacobson.

Plus, industry experts and QVC regulars, including Laura Geller, founder of Laura Geller Beauty and Chaz Dean, creator of WEN Hair and Body Care, will share beauty tips guaranteed to make everyone look and feel good.

“I am so pleased to see CEW and QVC coming together for the first ever Beauty with Benefits show,” Geller said in her canned statement. “As a longtime supporter of Cancer and Careers, I have always believed that if beauty companies could join efforts to give back, we could make a significant impact. It not only feels good to educate women on how they can look better, but it feels even more empowering when you know you are personally helping to make a difference.”

To build further awareness for Cancer and Careers and the broadcast, QVC will optimize its social media efforts through an Instagram campaign.

For the first 500 photos tagged with the hashtag #beautywithbenefits, QVC will make a donation to Cancer and Careers. QVC plans to promote the event through additional platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

Additionally, actress Regina King (love her in “Southland”) is supporting the initiative as the “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits” PSA spokesperson.

QVC Big Kahuna Michael George Received $18.2 Million Paycheck Last Year

April 20, 2013

QVC Inc. top honcho Michael George took a $10 million cut in his executive compensation last year, bringing home a measly $18.2 million.

George’s salary and other comp was outlined in a filing by QVC’s parent, Liberty Medis Interactive, in a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The numbers are listed on page 44.

QVC President Michael George

QVC President Michael George

George’s base salary was $1,030,000, reflecting a 3 percent increase over 2011.

His non-equity incentive plan comp jumped up, to $875,500 from $700,000. And all other compensation soared to $223,977 from $52,583.

The big dive in George’s compensation was in his stock option awards, which dropped to $16,110,136 from $27,867,300. If you want the complicated answer for that, you’ll have to look at the proxy.

By the way, the head of QVC’s parent Liberty Interactive, Greg Maffei, took home $45.3 million in executive compensation. Not bad for a year’s work.

‘Housewives’ LuAnn de Lesseps Coming To QVC With Tableware

April 20, 2013

Another one of “The Real Housewives of New York City” is heading to a home shopping network, according to he New York Daily News.

LuAnn de Lesseps is doing a line of home goods, the Countess Collection (is she still a countess). And she will debut it on QVC on May 5, the News reported Friday.

The countess is coming to QVC

The countess is coming to QVC

She will kick off her QVC run “with plate settings for summer entertaining,” the News reported.

Another “Housewife of New York,” Ramona Singer, did a jewelry line for HSN.

JTV Caps Diamond Month With Finale On Our Birthday, April 28

April 19, 2013

April is Diamond Month, and even more importantly, it’s our birthday month.

Jewelry Television has been featuring diamonds all month, with the grand finale set for April 28 — our birthday! Holla for Taurus.

“There will be diamonds of every shape and color available online and on TV,” a JTV spokeswoman told us.

JTV blue diamonds

JTV blue diamonds

Now, we hate to throw a water balloon on JTV’s parade, but we don’t dig the quality of its while diamonds. We don’t expect flawless diamonds for bargain prices, but we don’t want cloudy ones, either. But the network’s colored diamonds look OK.

“Many consumers don’t realize that diamonds come in every color of the rainbow,” Natalie Parman, JTV’s vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “JTV’s diamond month finale will be full of color featuring unique blue, champagne, cognac and chocolate diamonds alongside traditional white diamonds.”

More blue diamonds

More blue diamonds

According to JTV, the top trends in diamond jewelry include diamond earrings in numerous shapes and colors, as well as diamond cross and heart pendants.

“The hottest trend is blue diamonds,” Parman said. “Our customers clamor for any piece of jewelry featuring blue diamonds.”

Diamonds are known as one of the hardest substances in the world and are still the number No. 1 choice to signify love and commitment. Diamonds are also the traditional birthstone for the month of April. Yes indeed, it is our birthstone.

“Jewelry Television’s diamond buyers canvas the globe searching for the best buys on diamonds,” the network said in a press release. “JTV’s vast international network and purchasing power allow the network to offer a diamond selection difficult to find at traditional jewelry retailers.”

N.J.-Based Bergio Jewelry Coming To ShopNBC Next Month

April 16, 2013

Apparently ShopNBC has lured another jewelry vendor into its web of horror.

Bergio International Inc. of Fairfield, N.J., (just down the road from us, folks) company announced Monday that it was “expanding the brand” to the home shopping network.

Bergio International Inc. said the deal starts May 7, even though the company reached “a contractual agreement” with the shopping network back in October. If you can figure out the explanation of lag time based on this Bergio honcho’s comments, then we bet you figured out all the twists and turns in “Homeland” before they happened.


“The execution of this launch took longer than originally anticipated due to the modification of certain designs to best fit the ShopNBC customer demographic,” Bergio CEO Berge Abajian said in a statement. “This launch will further the brand to different avenues which we did not have prior access to.”

Does that mean that Bergio had to make its jewelry more upscale, or less, for ShopNBC’s demos? We fear the answer is less.

But that wasn’t all from Abajian.

“I encourage all shareholders to support us by watching and referring others to the broadcast on May 7, where I will personally be featured on the program as the designer,” he said. “By doing so, we hope to sell out quickly and have a successful launch. Please refer to the program guide on to find out when it will be aired, which is usually posted a week prior to the broadcast.”

And then there was another mysterious comment.

“We also have other opportunities currently in the works, which will be revealed once the final details have been ironed out,” Abajian said.

Berge and a very unfriendly looking Russian shop owner

Berge and a very unfriendly looking Russian shop owner

Here’s a link to the scoop on Abajian.

Here’s the dish on him:

Berge came to the United States with his family in the mid 1970s. He pursued his education, graduating from an American university and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He learned the family jewelry business first hand in America, but opportunity and travel beckoned. His adventurous spirit and his desire to design with colored stones eventually led him to Brazil. It was there that he first encountered the exotic yellow and pink diamonds that would ultimately become his specialty and presence in future Bergio collections.

Armed with knowledge gained in the family business and ventures abroad, Berge established his own company, Bergio, in 1995. The market debut of Bergio Fine and subsequent Bergio Bridal and Bergio Couture collections instantly caught the attention of trade, media and consumers alike.

His leadership and vision over the past 15 years has built Bergio into an international presence and cemented its position as a leader in design and craftsmanship. Berge sets great value on developing and nurturing honest partnerships with retailers and customers. “I am in the business of jewelry, not the jewelry business,” explains Berge, “as such, my retailers and customers are an important facet of the process, from design to delivery.”

Here is Bergio’s boilerplate:

Bergio International Inc. a leading jeweler creating a diversified jewelry designer and manufacturer through acquisitions and consolidation in the estimated $160 billion a year highly fragmented independently owned jewelry industry.

Bergio currently sells its jewelry to approximately 50 jewelry retailers across the United States. Bergio has manufacturing control over its line through its manufacturing facility in New Jersey, as well as subcontracts with facilities in the United States and Italy.

A Peek At QVC Host Shawn Killinger’s Wedding Album

April 14, 2013

It’s official: QVC host Shawn Killinger is a newlywed.

Go to Shawn’s Facebook page to see an array of photos of her wedding to Joe.

But here are a couple of them:

Shawn Killinger and new spouse

Shawn Killinger and new spouse

As Shawn wrote, into the sunset

As Shawn wrote, into the sunset

QVC Host Shawn Killinger Married Beau Joe Today

April 14, 2013

QVC host Shawn Killinger tied the knot today with her beau Joe.

At least, that’s the word on Facebook. Shawn has certainly created her own brand and persona on QVC, we’ll give that to her.

Shawn Killinger getting ready for her nuptials

Shawn Killinger getting ready for her nuptials

She posted a photo on Facebook of her getting her hair teased for the big shindig. We wonder if Isaac Mizrahi gave her away.

Anyway, best wishes to her and her new hubby.

Jewelry Television Donates $80,000 To American Heart Association

April 12, 2013

Tim Matthews

Tim Matthews

They’re doing some good down in Knoxville, Tenn.

In February Jewelry Television raised $80,000 for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” movement. JTV designated February “Love Your Heart” month and launched a comprehensive multimedia campaign aimed at raising awareness and educating viewers about the risks of heart disease.

“We were pleased with the outstanding number of donations from JTV customers and employees contributed to the Go Red For Women movement,” JTV CEO Tim Matthews said in a canned statement. “Our shopping network reaches 80 million U.S. households, so if this campaign helps save even one life, we will have used our platform for reaching women and their families effectively.”

Through this initiative, JTV said that developed a relationship with the American Heart Association, and that it plans to support the Go Red movement on an ongoing basis.

JTV’s customer base is 90 percent female (no surprise there), and heart disease is the number No. 1 killer of women 20 years and older in the United States, so women are a central focus for both Go Red For Women and JTV.

“We’re thankful for Jewelry Television’s support of Go Red For Women and we appreciate their participation in the collective fight against women’s No. 1 killer,” Ron Haddock, chairman of the American Heart Association, said in his canned statement. “The funds raised through their campaign directly impact the lives of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends who are affected by heart disease each and every day.”

JTV’s marketing maven got her two cents in, too.

“We are very thankful for the support of our loyal customers and employees,” said JTV vice president of marketing Jill Johnson. “The American Heart Association is the perfect fit for us. We’re already discussing how we can do more to advance the mission of the Go Red For Women movement in 2014 and beyond.”

HSN To Report First-Quarter Results May 2

April 12, 2013

HSN Inc. will release its first-quarter results on May 2 at 8 a.m. before the market opens, the home shopping channel said Thursday.

Chief Executive Officer Mindy Grossman and Judy Schmeling, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. to review the results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 877-307-0246 or 224-357-2394 at least five minutes prior to the call.

There will also be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at A replay of the conference call can be accessed until May 16 by dialing 800-585-8367 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 31601678 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.