March 22, 2010 |
Dear Karen: How do I choose a collection service for my unpaid invoices? Answer: Ask agencies about their recovery percentages, their rates and whether they have experience with your industry. Balance their commissions with their success rates, said Tony Reisz, chief of Ontario Systems of Muncie, Ind., which sells collections software. "Carefully consider and evaluate how an agency will reduce your costs while improving efficiency," he said. Check references with other firms in your industry.
October 12, 2013 |
If you haven't heard of British eyewear brand Oliver Goldsmith, think of Michael Caine's signature black glasses, John Lennon's iconic granny glasses and Audrey Hepburn's oversize sunnies in “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” Other A-list clients of the heritage label include Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana, Ursula Andress, the duke of Windsor, Peter Sellers and Mick Jagger. Grace Kelly owned at least 20 pairs of the glasses; Goldsmith once traveled to the palace in Monaco, where she commissioned him to create 11 pairs.
July 9, 2012 |
A French video game collector just sold a collection of thousands of video games on eBay for more than $1.2 million. The collection includes every video game for many of Nintendo's consoles, every video game for every single Sega console as well as all the games for the lesser-known NEC video game systems. In total, the collection includes 22 full sets with about 7,000 video games. The seller is a 32-year-old man named Andre who lives in south France. Andre said he works in law and is constantly selling video games -- this collection just happened to be the biggest he's ever sold.
March 9, 2014 |
We've seen supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio posing in bejeweled bikinis and gigantic feather wings. Now she's crossing over to the other side of the camera, creating a line of beachy, bohemian clothing called ále by Alessandra. The longtime Victoria's Secret Angel draws on her Brazilian heritage and Southern California lifestyle for the collection, which is scheduled to debut at Planet Blue stores and www.shopplanetblue.com on March 15. "It reflects my everyday life," Ambrosio says of the collection, whose pieces sell for $60 to $260.
October 28, 2010 |
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it had closed its investigation into Google Inc.'s collection of data over unsecured wireless networks after the Internet giant pledged to strengthen privacy controls. The agency also said the Mountain View, Calif., company agreed not to use the data it says it inadvertently collected while operating a fleet of vehicles for its Street View mapping service, according to a letter from David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, to Albert Gidari, a Google attorney.
March 7, 2010 |
After two years in New York, designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are returning to L.A. to meet and greet customers as they launch their new spring collection at Confederacy on March 18. "It's fun coming back to L.A.," Halmos says. "I've been back only once for a quick weekend trip. We can listen to LL Cool J's ‘Going Back to Cali' on the way." Along with John Whitledge and Josia Lamberto-Egan, Halmos and Shipley founded Trovata eight years ago in Newport Beach. After winning the CFDA Swarovski Perris Ellis award for menswear in 2006, the duo left the label — now designed by Whitledge — but they retain an ownership stake in Trovata in addition to designing the Shipley & Halmos line.
July 4, 2010 |
Institutionalized for the last 27 years of his life, Swiss modernist Robert Walser achieved a literary rebirth when a vast collection of paper strips, covered with tiny, cryptic pencil markings, was discovered after his death in 1956. First thought to be in secret code, Walser's prose fragments turned out to be composed in Kurrent, a script style dating to the Middle Ages. The 25 short pieces that make up "The Microscripts" (New Directions: 160 pp., $24.95) have been culled from a six-volume German collection of these writings.
March 5, 2014 |
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is scheduled to show off her new shoe collection in L.A. on Thursday. The fashion-savvy Parker teamed with Manolo Blahnik Chief Executive Officer George Malkemus to develop the much-anticipated SJP collection, which launched exclusively at Nordstrom on Friday. It includes 25 made-in-Italy shoe styles ($195-$485), three handbags ($245-$375) and one trench coat ($495), as writer Ingrid Schmidt explained in a Q&A with Parker on All the Rage on Tuesday.
October 24, 2004
I was pleased to see the article on retired Judge William C. Beverly Jr.'s efforts to document the achievements of African Americans and other Los Angeles minorities ("One for the History Books," by Emory Holmes II, Metropolis, Oct. 3). Such an effort is long overdue. I hope that Judge Beverly's collection will gain support and evolve into one that is more accessible to the public. Valena Broussard Dismukes Los Angeles
April 27, 1996
As an educator and art historian who for the last 30 years has been committed to enhancing the cultural life of our community, I read with surprise and sadness of the imminent departure of the Gilbert collections from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("LACMA Will Remove Trustee's Collection," April 18). Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert's collections of silver, micro-mosaic and gold boxes are likely valued at well over $150 million and their intrinsic value is even greater. What an inestimable loss to our community if we can no longer share in viewing objects whose beauty and history recall supreme moments of human creativity and the exaltation of human spirit.