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CHIC ACCESSORIES FROM CROSS ® INTERPRET THE BEAUTY OF BAROQUE AND OTHER FALL FASHION DIRECTIONS

Taking a cue from the catwalks, CROSS brings the latest fashion influences to its fall 2006 collections. From opulently patterned pens to leather-wrapped writing instruments, CROSS interprets the season’s most notable fashion trends in the creation of essential articles for everyday use.

Trend: Baroque Style
Cross introduction: Century® II Chantilly Pen by Rafe
Velvets, tweeds and lace topline the textures for fall. Inspired by intricate French lace patterns, Cross introduces the new Century II Chantilly pen by Rafe, the renowned handbag and accessories designer. This pattern conveys an old-world opulence, one of the season’s hot fashion trends. In a nod to baroque style, the Chantilly pattern is at once elaborate and elegant. The Chantilly pen features a damask-like pattern interwoven with leaves. A strong and graphic design, the Chantilly pen is a feminine feast for the eyes. This stunning ball-point pen is rendered in three colors: plum, honey, and olive with a suggested retail price of $60.
Trend: Lust for Leather
Cross introduction: The Autocross™ Pen
Tall boots and black leather ruled the runways. Cross takes a page from the fashion notebooks with its Autocross pen, a striking and unusual design that features a leather-wrapped body and engraving inspired by automotive details on the tip. A distinctive writing instrument with a voluptuous silhouette, Autocross is perfectly sized to fit in the palm, purse or pocket. Available in black, brown, toffee, red, and teal leather options. Ball-point pen – suggested retail price $50.
Trend: Empire Style and Quiet Luxury
Cross introduction: Cross Townsend® Pen in Garnet and Citrine Colors
Empire line dresses and jewel tones in velvet are among the sophisticated looks for fall. This understated approach to luxury has been beautifully interpreted in the new finish of the Cross Townsend pen. Translucent European lacquer finishes in lustrous, jewel-like tones -- garnet and citrine -- convey an aura of refinement, a quiet chic. Graceful lines, evoking the Empire epoch, circle the body of the pen adding a fresh dimension of style. A gorgeous pen to be treasured, the Cross Townsend is available in three writing technologies at these suggested retail prices: fountain pen $230, Selectip® rolling ball pen $125, and ball-point pen $100.
Trend: Deep Purple, Moody Blues and more –
the saturated shades of fall
Cross introduction: ATX® pen in stylish new hues
Despite the back-to-black spirit of this fall fashion season, some designers opted for dark blue as the new black. Moody, mysterious colors were the rage on the runways, with deeply saturated tones the perfect embodiment of autumn style. The ATX pen, with its bold lines, textural quality, and great balance for ultimate writing comfort, is being introduced in three new fashion-forward shades in keeping with the moody, broody tones of fall: juniper blue, sage green and Victoria purple. Comes in fountain pen (suggested retail price $ 80), Selectip rolling ball pen (suggested retail price $65), and ball-point pen (suggested retail price $50).
Trend: The New Neutrals
Cross introduction: Apogee™ in Gray-Blue, Deep Brown and Chrome
Apogee, one of the most successful new Cross pens, ingeniously combines engraved chrome designs with stunning lacquer finishes to achieve an extraordinary aesthetic effect. The latest Apogee pens incorporate cool neutral shades – gray-blue and deep brown – along with fabulous engraved lacquer finishes, making them the epitome of style. A staccato engraving on chrome echoes the revival of Deco and the rhythm of modern architecture. The sable Apogee pen, in a herringbone design that recalls the classic brown tweeds of the season, finds traditional inspiration but renders it for contemporary taste. The frosty steel Apogee with a gray-blue cast (gray is one of those monochromatic tones forecast for fall) is decorated with a subtly engraved pattern that is almost pointillist in nature – uncommon beauty that transcends time. Apogee in sable and frosty steel at these suggested retail prices: fountain pen $165, Selectip rolling ball pen $115, and ball-point pen $95. In chrome staccato, suggested retail prices are fountain pen $145, rolling ball pen $95, ball-point pen $75.
Trend: Gold is Grand
Cross introduction: Verve® Golden Shimmer pen
The new Verve pen in golden shimmer dovetails wonderfully with the trend towards gold – both in color choice and embellishment found in fall clothing and accessories. The Verve pen, a model of sleek styling, will be presented in a new finish, a matte bronze-gold tone inspired by the jet-setting lifestyle of secret agents. (The Verve pen in the radial chrome design appears in a pivotal scene of one of the fall’s much-anticipated movies, STORMBREAKER™, featuring a teenage super spy. The film is set for release in U.S. theatres this October.) Suggested retail prices for the Verve golden shimmer pen with charcoal accents and rhodium-plated appointments are: fountain pen $175, Selectip rolling ball pen $135, and ball-point pen $95.

Cross is the renowned maker of fine writing instruments, accessories, timepieces and gifts, headquartered in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Contact: Patricia Russo
212.688.4868
patrusso@earthlink.net

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