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More Celebrity Jewelry Designers, Lisa And Brittny Gastineau, Join HSN ‘Family’

March 2, 2011

Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, of the E! reality show “Gastineau Girls,” are bringing a jewelry line to HSN.

The mom-and-daughter team will debut “Gastineau Glamour” March 21 on the home shopping network.

Here are the canned quotes from the pair.

“I’ve always had an eye for dressing and accessorizing, and Brittny and I are excited to bring our collection to life when we appear on HSN,” Lisa said.

And Brittny “added,” “My mom and I have always been extremely close and that will quickly become apparent when we appear on HSN. We can’t wait to share the inspirations behind the designs and be able to demonstrate to a large audience the passion we have for jewelry.”

We hate when people use cutesy spellings for their names, Brittny.

The Gastineau baubles will be modern interpretations of vintage, with pieces that feature estate-inspired looks and boho chic designs, ranging from couture-inspired necklaces and earrings, to rings, cuffs and bracelets.

“From the moment I met the Gastineaus, I knew they would be a great addition to our growing portfolio of jewelry brands,” said John Bosco, HSN senior vice president of apparel, accessories and jewelry. “Their charm, creativity and vast knowledge of jewelry will resonate with our customers.”

The Gastineau women apparently do have experience in the jewelry industry. Lisa has worked in the jewelry industry for 15 years both as a buyer and owner of two NY boutiques. The Gastineaus made their debut in fine jewelry with the launch of Tres Glam last year. Tres Glam has graced some of Hollywood’s brightest stars on the red carpet, including Debra Messing, AnnaLynne McCord, Kristin Cavallari and Guiliana Rancic.

Here’s the boilerplate on the Gastineau women.

In the 80’s, Lisa opened her first boutique, Lisa Piece’s on Long Island’s affluent gold coast, followed quickly with the opening of a second haute boutique, Avalon, in the Hamptons. Continuing from the successes of the stores, in the late 90’s, Lisa partnered with her own mother in a culmination of buying and selling expertise when they opened Trends, a vintage jewelry and textiles boutique.

Continuing her love for vintage jewelry, Lisa partnered with her daughter Brittny to create their luxury jewelry collection, Tres Glam. Launched in 2009, Tres Glam, marries timeless New York with modern Hollywood creating elemental jewel masterpieces. The unique reinterpreted and redesigned symbols make for a distinct yet recognizable statement.

The collection’s iconic Anti Envy eye is coveted by Hollywood socialites and supermodels alike, and is at the heart of the brand’s celebration of a woman’s intuition, awareness, and triumphs. Tres Glam has graced Hollywood’s red carpet, worn by leading international actresses Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts, AnnaLynne McCord, Debra Messing, and many more.

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HSN To Debut Hand-Crafted Bajalia Jewelry For International Women’s Day

February 5, 2011

Bajalia, a hand-crafted artisan jewelry line, will be coming to HSN March 8, the home shopping channel said Friday.

The concept behind Bajalia is a noble one: CEO and founder Debbie Farah uses her design skills to provide business opportunities for disadvantaged women.

The lines debut will coincide with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Bajalia helps underprivileged women sell their crafts

“She was inspired to create Bajalia by the rich cultural heritage and resilience of women worldwide,” the press release said. “The name of the company embodies the legacy of Ms. Farah’s grandfather, Elias Bajalia, a Palestinian emigrant who was an advocate of women’s empowerment.”

The launch of the Bajalia brand on HSN is a collaborative effort between for-profit and non-profit corporations. Through Bajalia, Farah has developed a worldwide network of social entrepreneurs to help create jobs for women in shelters designed to provide counseling, medical care, literacy and job training.

“To launch my collection, I wanted to select a partner that would allow me to bring to life the inspirational stories of the women behind the Bajalia brand — and HSN is an ideal fit,” Farah said in a canned statement. “I appreciate the opportunity to educate consumers about global women’s issues and invite them to change the world while shopping the world.”

Of course, HSN chimed in.

“Debbie has curated a beautiful collection of unique jewelry and accessories, and we are excited to introduce the Bajalia brand to our customers,” John Bosco, HSN’s senior vice president of jewelry and apparel, said. “Through our HSN Cares philanthropic efforts, we are committed to supporting the empowerment of women around the globe.”

Drawing upon 28 years of experience in advertising, design and product development for major retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Farah has developed and chose an ve assortment of beautifully crafted pieces to debut in March. Indigenous design elements include vibrant gemstones such as turquoise, coral, amber and lapis mixed with glass, paper and various gold and silver toned metals.

Women who have benefited from the support of Bajalia include:

Bahkt Nazira – Afghanistan: Facing scarce economic opportunities and safety concerns, Bahkt Nazira developed her own fashion line. She transitioned from being unemployed and uneducated in business to being the primary support for her family and a force of change in her community. She has now learned to speak English, runs her own company and helped her husband launch another business.

India: Asala is a 27 year-old entrepreneur who produces semi-precious stone jewelry. A homeless child, Asala was taught the craft of making stone jewelry by an artisan associated with Bajalia. Thanks to regular work and fair wages, in 2008 she was able to pay for and move into a small one-room kitchen flat. Today, she is the main wage earner for her family.

India: Moofees is a 45-year-old skilled artisan living in Agra who develops samples and trains other artisans. Deserted by her husband nine years ago, she trained herself in embroidery, created her own business, and is now the sole provider for her two sons and five daughters. Two of her daughters are now receiving educational grants from a non-profit partner in India.

India: Shabnami is a 37-year-old mother of six children. Despite limited educational training, she has assisted her husband in overseeing the finances of his jewelry business and helped with the production of beaded jewelry by working with women in her neighborhood.

The Bajalia collection will feature a variety of styles and designs, ranging in price from $19.95 for oblong paper bead earrings to $199.95 for a silvertone glass bead horn necklace and earrings.

Boilerplate on Bajalia:

Headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., Bajalia was founded in 2003 by Farah. Bajalia’s mission is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people around the world through trade, training and other forms of community development and marketing their products to bring about sustainable, empowering, change in their lives.

Bajalia is a leader within the emerging social enterprise movement. Bajalia, through collaboration with its non-profit sister organization works intimately with its production network to help them manage their growing enterprises, hire and empower more women and focus on education, economic development and long-term sustainability.

Through its first retail location in Winter Park, Fla., its Web presence and its strategic distribution networks in the U.S. and Europe, Bajalia allows artisans to operate on a scale of production that they could not attain by themselves, marketing together globally.

In doing so, the producers are empowered to replicate themselves and to bring transformation to their communities. Bajalia’s collaborative partners globally include US AID, BPeace (Business Council for Peace), Aid to Artisans, SEWA, India, Export Promotion Council for Handcrafts (EPCH), India, and Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College.

We Assume It’s A ‘Do’: HSN To Debut Jewelry Line Designed By The Editors Of Glamour Magazine

July 22, 2010

Some of Glamour Magazine's bling for HSN

Elle Magazine has a namesake jewelry line, and now Conde Nast’s Glamour Magazine is following suit. It is teaming up with HSN to create a collection of bling and baubles, the home shopping network said Thursday.

The Glamour Jewelry Collection, designed by the magazine’s fashion team, will premiere Aug. 18 on HSN, which has the line exclusively. The jewelry line is Glamour’s first foray into the accessories business. Well, with advertising at magazines sinking like the Titantic, we guess it makes sense for Glamour to look for new ways “to extend its brand,” to use that ridiculous marketing-speak term.

“Reimagining what Glamour looks like in jewelry form has been a blast,” Jen Weinberg, Glamour’s special projects editor, said in a canned statement. “We are thrilled to partner with HSN to develop a collection that offers the perfect finishing touches for any wardrobe.”

This is the first time that HSN has partnered with a publication to create a namesake line, according to the home shopping network.

A fringe necklace from Glamour's HSN collection

Glamour’s fashion and accessories editors have teamed up with HSN to develop the collection, featuring everything from hot new trends to classics, each for less than $100.

The collection will have four new offerings a year, and Glamour’s style editor Tracey Lomrantz will present it on air.

The product assortment includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, and the premiere fall line will focus on four key trends: American Luxury; Charms & Chains, Sparkle & Shine; and Eye Candy.

“We are excited to offer our customers an exclusive jewelry collection from Glamour that captures this season’s must-have trends and styles,” said John Bosco, HSN’s senior vice president of merchandising. “In working with one of today’s top fashion publications, we are confident this collection will appeal to HSN’s consumers and integrate seamlessly with our existing high-quality HSN jewelry pieces.”

The Glamour Jewelry Collection will debut on HSN at 2 a.m., which is not exactly primetime on the East Coast. That kind of scheduling is often not a good sign about HSN’s hopes for merchandise.