UJA-Federation of New York Plans New Accessories Division

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NEW YORK— The UJA-Federation of New York is planning to establish a new Accessories Division, which will target the involvement of companies and executives in the eyewear, sunwear, jewelry, handbag, small leather goods and footwear sectors, spanning the wholesale, retail and licensing arenas.





Marchon co-founder, Al Berg, active in the UJA-Federation, with Gilbert Harrison, Chair of the UJA-Federation Fashion Division and Chairman of Financo, Inc. Marchon's president and CEO, Claudio Gottardi, left, with Berg. UJA-Federation of New York's Marcy Fink with Marchon's Pierre Bessez. Marchon's Mark Ginsberg with Jones New York's president of licensing, Mary Belle.

Attendees representing various eyewear and accessory companies, New York department store retailers and related organizations attended a reception last month, hosted in the Marchon Eyewear showroom, to learn how they might become more involved in the work of the new division of this non-profit organization which allocates resources, and programs to more than 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel and in 60 countries worldwide.

Marchon co-founder, Al Berg, active in the UJA-Federation, along with Gilbert Harrison, Chair of the UJA-Federation Fashion Division and Chairman of Financo, Inc. joined with other representatives of UJA, to talk about the potential for the accessories industry to create an exciting event or series of programs, with a goal of launching officially in 2013. Among those on hand at the reception were Marchon's president and CEO, Claudio Gottardi along with other Marchon senior execs, Karen Giberson, president of The Accessories Council, David Friedfeld, president of ClearVision Optical, Cliff Robinson, B. Robinson, and others from the fashion/retail business.

For many years, the UJA-Federation of NY had an active optical industry division which raised funds for the group's charitable initiatives. Those participants in the optical sector are now encouraged to take part in the new Accessories Division. More information and details of upcoming meetings are available from Marcy Fink (212) 836-1448 or finkm@ujafedny.org and Jon Marcus (212) 836-1853) or marcusj@ujafedny.org of the UJA-Federation of NY.