Posts Tagged ‘Judith Ripka’

Ripka Debuts Jewelry Line For Lord & Taylor

December 4, 2017

Veteran QVC vendor Judith Ripka, who is newly blond, is doing a jewelry collection for Lord & Taylor.

“We’re proud to introduce Ripka, the brand new collection of everyday wearable 14K gold, diamond and gemstone jewelry, now available exclusively at Lord & Taylor.
http://bit.ly/2zumFLf”

https://www.lordandtaylor.com/search/EndecaSearch.jsp?bmForm=endeca_search_form_one&bmFormID=l.Pm6PA&bmUID=l.Pm6PB&bmIsForm=true&bmPrevTemplate=/main/ProductArray.jsp&bmText=SearchString&SearchString=judith+ripka&bmSingle=N_Dim&N_Dim=0&bmHidden=Ntk&Ntk=Entire+Site&bmHidden=Ntx&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchpartialmax&bmHidden=prp8&prp8=t15&bmHidden=prp13&prp13=&bmHidden=sid&sid=15FFF09AB864&bmHidden=FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=

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QVC Vendor Xcel Brands Buys C. Wonder Retailer

July 21, 2015

Yet again, thanks for the tip, dear reader.

Xcel Brands Inc., which owns several brands that appear on QVC, said Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the C. Wonder brand, consisting of the “C. Wonder” trademarks and related designs and other intellectual property rights.

http://ir.xcelbrands.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=922604

C. Wonder is the preppy retail company founded by billionaire Chris Burch, the ex-husband of designer Tory Burch. C. Wonder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January and closed all its stores, including the one it had in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., mall capital of the world, according to Business Insider.

http://www.businessinsider.com/xcel-brands-is-acquiring-c-wonder-2015-7?r=UK&IR=T

Xcel, a brand management firm, was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 and owns the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H by Halston and H Halston brands, and designs and manages the Liz Claiborne New York brand, which is sold exclusively on QVC.

Of course, we all know that Mizrahi and Ripka have a strong presence on the No. 1 home shopping network.

http://xcelbrands.com/

The closing of the acquisition is subject to board approval and customary closing conditions.

Xcel is mum on its plans for C. Wonder: It said it will provide further information once it completes the deal.

Can we expect to see C. Wonder products being hawked on QVC in the future?

Here’s the boilerplate on C. Wonder:

The C. Wonder brand was founded by J. Christopher Burch in 2011 to offer a wide-ranging assortment of beautiful, versatile and spirited products that are designed to transport its customers to a place they have never been.

C. Wonder offered women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares and home decor, great gifts, and a shopping experience designed to deliver delightful surprises at every turn.

Burch Acquisition, LLC, which is controlled by Mr. Burch, acquired the C. Wonder brand (including its trademarks and related intellectual property rights) following its chapter 11 filing in 2015, in order to explore strategic opportunities to re-develop and expand the C. Wonder brand.

QVC To Premiere Halston Apparel Line In September

May 16, 2015

Halston is coming to QVC, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Halston, the fashion designer who partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 in the 1970s, is alive through the licensing of his name. And it was recently announced that Cameron Silver, a Left Coast boutique owner, has been named fashion director for the H by Halston and H Halston brands.

QVC will debut H by Halston in September, with Silver hawking the apparel, the Times reported Friday.

http://www.latimes.com/fashion/alltherage/la-ar-cameron-silver-halston-qvc-20150514-story.html

The Halston name has had several owners, included indie film producer Harvey Weinstein. The name is now owned by Xcel Brands, which also owns the brands of two other QVC vendors, Isaac Mizrahi and Judith Ripka.

The 128-piece H by Halston line has caftans, dresses, jumpsuits, shoes and accessories, according to the Times. Prices are $32 to $339.

Jewelry Designer Judith Ripka Named In Sex-Swap Suit

January 4, 2015

This is a juicy way to start off the New Year, and who’d have thunk it would involve upscale jewelry designer, and QVC vendor, Judith Ripka.

Celebrity stylist, ex-HSN vendor, old soul and often-hilarious Waynescot Lukas (a Jersey boy) had always lamented that the rich hate to pay their bills. This is the gorgeous man with the gorgeous mane who helps make Christie Brinkley gorgeous with his wardrobe selections for her.

Judith Ripka

Judith Ripka

Anyway, Ripka has been accused of just what Wayne talks about. Interior decorator Tristan Harstan, who designed Ripka’s Madison Avenue shop, is suing her, claiming she wanted him to give away his goodies so she could get free goodies for one of her luxurious dwellings, according to the New York Daily News.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/judith-ripka-sued-designer-sex-furniture-claim-article-1.2062561

Harstan alleges that Ripka told him to have sex with upscale furniture designer Nancy Corzine, apparently so she could get furnishings for her Palm Beach home, the News reported.

Ripka often swaps pieces from her high-end, non-QVC jewelry line for “goods and services,” the suit says, and that in fact she has given Corzine $3.4 million worth of baubles for furniture, fabric and lighting since 2005.

Harstan would not put out for Corzine, telling Ripka he wasn’t “a male prostitute,” according to the lawsuit.

The interior designer also charges that Ripka owes him more than $105,000 in salary.

Ripka sold her company for $22.5 million last April to Xcel Brands Inc., which owns the Isaac Mizrahi(another QVC vendor) brand and has an interest in the Liz Claiborne New York brand.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/xcel-brands-acquires-judith-ripka-2014-04-04

“This is an outstanding opportunity to cultivate our brand and reach our loyal followers in a new way,” Ripka, who served as the brand’s Chief Designer, said at the time. “We deeply value our relationship with Robert D’Loren and look forward to joining him at Xcel. I’m thrilled to be part of the Company and believe that we are well positioned for the future.”

According to the press release about the deal, “Judith Ripka Brand’s existing product lines are sold by independent jewelers in the U.S., abroad and online, as well as on QVC under the ‘Judith Ripka Sterling’ brand. Judith Ripka Brand is currently distributed in over 200 stores in the U.S. and generates approximately $140 million in retail sales.”

Herkimer Diamonds: ShopNBC Versus HSN

March 24, 2013

For the first time in a long while, we spent a lot of time in front of the boob tube tuned to ShopNBC Thursday and Friday for its Gem Day festivities, and we caught a bit of jewelry doyenne Judith Ripka on QVC last night.

Actually, we were pleasantly surprised at the assortment of goodies that the Three Amigos — Jersey Boy Chuck Clemency, Paul Deasy and Michael V. (we’re to tired to look up the right spelling on his name) — trotted out for the Minnesota home shopping venue.

Deasy really got in our good graces by pulling two Herkimer diamond necklaces out of his bag of tricks. HSN vendor Deb Guyot brought a Herkimer necklace to that home shopping network as a TS some months back, and we are wearing it as we write. Apparently, she doesn’t have an exclusive on the market.

Paul Deasy not wearing his tan jacket

Paul Deasy not wearing his tan jacket

Herkimer diamonds, quartz crystals that come to points at both ends, are supposed to be powerful spiritually, helping foster creativity and opening a shitload of chakras. The stones come from Herkimer County in Upstate New York, which was in the news last week when a crazed gunman killed some innocent folk up there.

Guyot’s Herkimer diamond necklaces for HSN are 5 mm, at 18 1/2 and 24 inches for $280 and $370, respectively.

http://www.hsn.com/products/deb-guyot-designs-herkimer-quartz-tennis-necklace/1013619
http://www.hsn.com/products/deb-guyot-designs-5mm-herkimer-quartz-tennis-necklace/6912614

On ShopNBC Deasy offered just the 18 inch length, but had two different widths, 5 mm and 6 mm. His necklaces, non-Gem Day priced now, are $358 and $418.

http://www.shopnbc.com/Gem_Insider_Sterling_Silver_18_6mm_Herkimer_Diamond_Quartz_Beaded_Necklace/132-212.aspx?storeid=1&cm_re=SearchList-_-N-_-N&prop=Jewelry|165&prop=Gem%20Insider|1519&icid=DN-_-JEWELRY-_-GemInsider

Deasy, a home shopping vet who is married to another home shopping vet, Judy Crowell, is a delight to watch. He made a lot of self-deprecating jokes about his clothes and his need to get one of Suzanne Somers’ Face Masters. He and Judy are lucky to have found each other.

We Crown JTV The King Of Black Spinel, Chrome Diopside

March 24, 2013

We are actually going to tip our hat to Jewelry Television tonight. Hell has officially frozen over.

Both ShopNBC and QVC have been hot and heavy touting what they are calling the new “in” gemstones, black spinel and chrome diopside. But JTV has led the way with those gemstones, beating the pants off its two larger home shopping rivals.

Jersey dude Chuck Clemency for ShopNBC’s Gem Day had a ring with a huge chrome diopside center stone as the net’s Today’s Top Value. And he and other vendors had a number of chrome diopside pieces, as well.

Chuck Clemency and Paul Deasy share late-night pizza on ShopNBC Gem Day

Chuck Clemency and Paul Deasy share late-night pizza on ShopNBC Gem Day

Meanwhile over at QVC, jewelry diva Judith Ripka has some pretty pieces with black spinel pave, including a huge ring and a round locket.

But the fact of the matter is, JTV has been offering a huge array of both Siberia-origin chrome diopside and black spinel for a long, long time now.

We’re not chrome diopside fans. While the color is pretty, the stone is extremely soft, too soft for us.

But we love black and hence we love black spinel. And JTV has some amazing black spinel pieces with huge honking stones for really great prices. ShopNBC, HSN and QVC have nothing to match it.

Just sayin’.

Go Giants! And Jewelry Geeks, Ditch The Wings And Dip And Pick Up Some Great Pieces On QVC, HSN And JTV

February 5, 2012

In the TV world, it’s called counter programming.

If there’s a sitcom on ABC, NBC airs a police procedural instead, etc. That’s what is happening in the home shopping world this weekend.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, when Jersey’s beloved Giants will battle the Patriots. So not to try and stereotype genders, but if you are a female not interested in football you may be looking for something else to watch. And that something else just might jewelry.

So Today QVC has its 24-hour Sterling Designer Gallery, with jewelry heavyweights such as Robert Lee Morris, Michael Dawkins, Judith Ripka and a host of other masters in the house in West Chester.

Not to be outfoxed, HSN this weekend is featuring Carol Brodie, who is looking good, offering her Rarities line down in St. Petersburg. Carole, it’s a good thing we have one of your evil eyes. We need it while we’re covering local politics in Joisey.

We loved your labradorite looks-like-rough-diamonds necklace, by the way. You go girl.

And down in Dixie, Jewelry Television is doing a Valentine’s Day Diamond Event today that is pretty impressive.

QVC has some insane clearance prices on pieces by Morris, Barry Cord and John Atencio. Somebody, hide our charge cards.

QVC Host Lisa Robertson Looks Pretty Damn Good In Person

September 8, 2011

We’re standing in the Suspenders Building in Soho at QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out Event. Our dogs are starting to bark, our Spanx have cut off our circulation and our hair is frizzy. But who cares?

We’re blogging on one of the laptops that QVC has set up. Sweet.

It’s a typical Manhattan event, with loud music and a lot of people dressed in black, us included. It’s crowded and noisy. The party started at 5 p.m., and QVC doesn’t start broadcasting live from here until 9 p.m. And we haven’t had one drop of liquor! Yet.

Lisa and The Homeshoppingista

The highlight so far has been seeing QVC host Lisa Robertson in the flesh. She’s wearing a simple cobalt blue dress with a black belt, and we love her hair tonight. She is slender and pretty. She was posing for photos upstairs, and of course we had to horn our way in.

Robertson got on our good side immediately when she complimented us on our diamond stick cross.

We quickly introduced ourselves as The Homeshoppingista, but we really have no idea if she knew who are. Then QVC took a shot of us with Robertson, and we will downdoad and post it later. That is, we’ll post it unless we look like a big whale next to her, despite our Spanx.

Being here is certainly a great incentive for us to lay off the Pizza Hut bread sticks. We guess it’s a good thing that we can’t find any food here.

There was a blonde female reporter here from the entertainment magazine show “Extra,” and we’ve been following her around. That’s because we can’t believe how thin she is.

When we came in, we caught a quick glimpse of QVC host Jane Treacy, and then we headed upstairs. QVC has a red carpet area outside, but we didn’t see anyone of note on it. Upstairs, we met QVC top honcho Mike George and briefly chatted with him. We hope our tape recorder was working.

QVC upstairs set up stations with the various makeup lines that it sells, such as Laura Geller, who has tomorrow’s TSV, and Bare Escentuals. In fact, we saw Leslie Blodgett posing for photos with party attendees. We had Bare Escentuals touch up our shiny face, and the Laura Geller rep used one of the blushes from the TSV on us.

We were dying to have the reps from T3 flatiron our hair straight, but it’s so humid that we now it would go curly as soon as we walked out the door. So why bother?

For a QVC shopper like us, this is a dream. Downstairs there are stations with samples of new products from vendors such as Joan Rivers, Heidi Klum, Michael Dawkins, Judith Ripka, Melania Trump, Rachel Zoe, Robert Lee Morris and Marc Bouwer.

There are samples of two huge, gorgeous bib necklaces on display from Joan Rivers. One has huge faux diamonds, and the other has bling and orange and black enamel flowers. Stunning.

We got a gander at Klum’s new jewelry line, but we have to say that we’re not feeling it. Sorry Heidi.

Trainwreck Actress Lindsay Lohan Gets The Evil Eye From Judith Ripka, QVC Jewelry Vendor

March 13, 2011

Here’s an odd couple for you: Judith Ripka and Lindsay Lohan.

Ripka, of course, is the high-end Manhattan jewelry designer who does a lower-priced line for QVC. Lohan, of course, is the lost soul who faces jail for walking out of a Los Angeles jewelry store with a $2,500 necklace. We’re sure she just forgot she had it on.

Judith Ripka

On Friday the New York Post had a story about Lohan with the headline “Keeping an Eye on Lohan: Wears ‘Evil’ 2G bling to hearing.”

It seems that Lohan was wearing a so-called Evil Eye pendant by Ripka to a court hearing. The $2,200 piece of jewelry, said to protect its wearer from bad thoughts and spirits, was in 18 carat gold. There is a photo of Lohan wearing the necklace as she walked into court.

The Post said that a New York entrepreneur, Eric Freiberg, gave the Evil Eye pendant to Lohan to help her through the tough times she is experiencing. Maybe he’s hoping to get lucky with her.

Anyway, we wish someone a guy would send us a $2,200 Ripka pendant.

We do have an evil eye pendant, actually (but we could always use another one).

Our Carol Brodie Evil Eye

It is in sapphires by HSN jewelry vendor (and blonde beauty) Carol Brodie, who is home shopping’s Evil Eye queen. She does several different versions of the Evil Eye pendant that are big sellers.

Ripka, a very gracious and charming lady, has been on QVC all this weekend. She had Saturday’s Today’s Special Value, a copy of a “Dew Drop” necklace that is part of her couture collection.

Jewelry Designer Judith Ripka Totes Her Handbags To QVC

January 11, 2011

Guess we’ve been asleep at the wheel again, but we only just noticed that upscale jewelry designer Judith Ripka is now selling handbags, as well as baubles and bling, on QVC.

We saw at least 15 purses on QVC.com from Ripka. They all have a classic, high-end look, and range in price from $150 to $300.

Manhattanite Ripka has named each of her handbags after a neighborhood or street in the Big Apple, monikers such as Soho, Grammercy, Astor, Waverly and Sutton. Most of the reviews are pretty good.

We guess Ripka is taking a page out of QVC queen Joan Rivers’ book. The comedian started out doing jewelry for the home shopping network and then branched out into items like purses and apparel.