Start the new semester right with these back-to-school accessories!

This week we’re featuring our favorite fall pieces that will help you or a loved one get ready for the first day of school!

Seoul Print Backpack with Laptop Protection from Kipling
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Kipling’s best-selling backpack is equipped with padded shoulder straps, a durable exterior and roomy interior. It easily fits textbooks and essentials, plus it has a protective sleeve for your laptop, too! 13″ x 17.75″ x 7.25″ Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Available at: http://www.kipling-usa.com

Personalized Coco Hoodie from Boy Meets Girl
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For her signature logo collection, designer Stacy Igel captures the innocent spark between boy and girl with vintage cameos and you get to design the rest! Anything from a monogram of your initials to special dates can be embroidered on these cozy hooded sweatshirts.
A few great ideas: Graduation Gifts (e.g.: Yale Alumna and UofM Alumna), Sorority Events (e.g.: Mr. ZBT and Mrs. AXO), Sports Teams (e.g.: Giant and Jets), Pop Culture (e.g.: Peeta and Katniss).
Available at: http://www.boymeetsgirlusa.com

14 Piece Scratch and Sniff Elastics from Almar
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These fun & colorful elastics are scented when you scratch them & are a great accessory for any active little girl at the school playground!
Available at: http://www.almarsales.com

Cashmink Scarf with Mariel Check from Fraas
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This scarlet scarf is the perfect accessory for adding a pop of color to any Fall outfit, plus it’s super soft and 100% acrylic! Dimensions: 30×180 cm
Available at: http://store.fraas.com/1291_home.html

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This Filson briefcase is extremely durable and features a wide carrying compartment, 2 full-length open pockets and sewn-on compartments for a calculator, business cards, writing utensils and more. It is also water repellant and has an interior brass clasp to secure keys! 16″ W x 12 1/2″ H x 4″ D
Available at: http://www.filson.com

Bamboo Dial Green Swarovski Cork Strap from Sprout100346_83_1
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This fashionable watch is eco-friendly! It has a natural cork strap with organic cotton backing and green stitching as well as a lovely lime green bamboo dial with 12 clear advanced crystal markers from Swarovski Elements.
Available at: http://www.sproutwatches.com

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These unique and bright glasses are super trendy and will male your classmates and co-workers wish they needed glasses too!
Available at: http://www.weyewear.com/en/

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Make your set of keys easier to spot with this colorful and eco-friendly Mujus keychain! Handmade in Ecuador and Peru out of Tagua seeds, this piece is also very lightweight so you’ll have an extra dose of style without weighing down your bag or pocket.
Available at: https://www.mujus.com

The Accessories Council is Searching for a Fall Intern! Get the Details Here!

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The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, national trade organization established in 1994. Our mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. The Accessories Council sponsors educational seminars, networking events, seasonal trend reports, marketing & advertising co-op initiatives, design & marketing awards for area fashion students, our exciting annual silent auction, social media events, and the esteemed black tie ACE Award Gala, an annual tribute to the leaders of the accessory industry.

The Accessories Council is seeking a driven, hard-working, and motivated individual to join our team as a paid, part-time intern. The candidate must be able to begin at the end of August. Candidate should be studying fashion, public relations or a related major, and should have a strong interest in the accessories industry.

Requirements:

-Flexible schedule and commitment of at least 3 days a week

-Superb writing skills

-Strong communication skills

-Proficiency in social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest, and tumblr

-Photoshop skills are a plus

-Ability to multi-task

-Must be punctual

Responsibilities:

-Contribute to Accessories Council blog postings

-Assistance at our various events

-Follow-Up phone calls for various events

-Research

-Basic office maintenance tasks

To apply for this opportunity please send your cover letter and resume to jessica@accessoriescouncil.org

Brighten Up The First Day of School with #Back2Kipling!

On Wednesday, July 9th, we had the pleasure of visiting Kipling’s #Back2Kipling Campaign launch, featuring YouTube sensation, Megan Nicole, at The Old School. The brightly colored assortment and the buzz surrounding it immediately evoked memories of the excitement of the first day of school!

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The #Back2Kipling line offers backpacks, totes, cross-bodies, luggage, and accessories in Kipling’s signature, crinkle nylon, in a color palette that includes gorgeous jewel tones and vibrant tribal patterns, perfect for girls and women of any age. Whether the bags are being worn to school, carried as a daily work bag, or used for travel, the line truly allows for expression of individual style. The lightweight, durable material makes for effortless wear for seasons to come!

To continue celebration of the launch, Kipling fans in Miami will be able to attend the grand opening of Kipling’s newest store in the Miami International Mall, on July 12th, from 1pm-7pm. Not only will the event feature fabulous giveaways, a back-to-school flashback photo booth, and free monograming, but guests will also be treated to a performance and meet and greet with Megan Nicole! To RSVP visit kipling-usa.com/miamirsvp.

For more information on Kipling and the #Back2Kipling Campaign or to purchase, visit Kipling-USA.com.

Brighten Up Your Summer with Our Favorite Travel Accessories!

This week, we’re featuring our favorite summer travel accessories we think would be perfect for your vacation adventures!

Onsie Katie iPhone Wallet from Chic Buds
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The Onesie Katie from Chic Buds is most definitely a travel must-have! This case has a secure wristlet strap and can hold two credit cards. It’s camera-friendly for your picture-perfect summer moments, with easy screen access and a secret magnet closure.
- Available at: http://chicbuds.com

Black Lace Garter with Pockets from GirlyGoGarter

GarterThis one-of-a-kind piece is the answer to every girl’s prayers! This black GirlyGoGarter adheres to your thigh with secure grippers and closes with soft, size-adjusting Velcro. Both the outer and inside layers have comfortable pockets that can hold up to 3 lbs! Perfect for storing your iPhone or passport under a skirt or dress.
- Available at: http://girlygogarter.com

Purple & Green Reusable Sraws from Straw Envy
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All Straw Envy products are FDA approved and dentist recommended to keep your teeth pearly white when enjoying drinks like coffee and tea, which can stain them. Unlike most reusable straws, the plastic used to make these are also safe for hot drinks. This pack includes 1 round purple straw, 1 round green straw and a carrying case for storing in your purse.
- Available at: http://strawenvy.com

Hip Hip Hooray Notebook from Bella J
NotebookThis colorful Bella J notebook can make for a wonderful travel journal! It has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, an embellished expandable inner pocket for storing things like tickets and postage stamps, and an elastic closure to protect your pages
- Available at: http://www.bellaj.com

Calypso Earrings from Julie Vos
EarringsJulie Vos’s beautifully carved medallion earrings are delicately detailed with a chalcedony gemstone set in the center and remind us of a radiant sun – a great accessory for a day on the beach or a tropical island!
- Available at: http://www.julievos.com

Red Textured Clutch by MeDusa
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Make a statement with this bright handmade clutch purse from MeDusa! The mesmerizing floral texture is extremely unique and the material is durable and easy to clean. This combination makes for a must-have accessory for partying in any continent!
- Available at: http://boticca.com/medusa/

Ave Des Champs Elysees Necklace by NylaStar
NecklaceEmbrace your chic Parisian side with this lovely NylaStar gold-plated street sign necklace with “Avenue Des Champs Elysees” embossing. It also features four little crystal accents on each corner for some extra glam.
- Available at: http://www.nylastar.com

The Guardian Print Silk Scarf by Florian London
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Get the London look with this bright Guardian scarf featuring the brand’s signature illustrated design. This piece was woven in fine soft silk and finished with hand-rolled hems; perfect for adding an unexpected twist to any summer outfit!
- Available at: http://www.florianlondon.com

The 2014 Independent Handbag Award Winners have been announced!

This past Wednesday, June 18th, Accessories Council member Handbag Designer 101 hosted its 8th Annual Independent Handbag Design Awards. With over 1,500 entries from around the globe, this was the Handbag Award’s biggest year yet.

Founded in 2007, the Independent Handbag Design Awards by Handbag Designer 101 celebrates the creativity and talent of handbag designers in the United States and around the world. With the support of fellow handbag designers, brands, and industry professionals, the Handbag Design Awards has become one of the industry’s premiere events, helping to discover, honor, and promote independent handbag designers.

This year, winners were chosen by designers and industry leaders, including Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson. Winning designers were selected for seven categories and announced in a formal ceremony on Wednesday evening. In addition to the individual prizes awarded for each category, all award winners will receive a one year membership to the Accessories Council!

This year’s winners include:

Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design // John Edwards: Florian London //  UK

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The Bernina Best Handmade Handbag // Gili Rozin Tamam: MeDusa // Israel

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The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag // Morgan Richards: Morgan Rhea // USA

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The Timberland Best Green Handbag // Caroline Riffi Ollite-Hopman: Carat23 // The Netherlands

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Socially Responsible Handbag // Monica Frisbie: Mondrina // USA

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Distinctly Denim by Guess Handbags // Tike Kuchukhidze: TIKA // Spain

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The InStyle.com Audience Fan Favorite // John Edwards: Florian London // UK

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In addition to the seven design categories, the annual ICONOCLAST Award for Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design was awarded to Accessories Council member,  Monica Botkier of Botkier.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and we look forward to working with you at the Accessories Council!

Sand, Sun, & Fun: Our Favorite Go-to Looks for Summer 2014

After the majority of the country battled a long, harsh winter, the official beginning of summer is just a few short days away! Since we’ve already started breaking out our favorite summertime accessories we thought it would only be appropriate for us to share a few of our favorite go-to looks.

Alex and Ani

Cinnibar Sideshow Set of 5

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We are loving an arm full of bangles this summer, and Alex and Ani’s bangles not only make it easy with seperates or pre-made sets, but they also offer fun colors and personalization!

Echo Design

The Fiji Beach Tote

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What better way to make a splash when your laying by the pool or headed to the beach than with a fun, bright tote. Echo Design’s Figi Beach tote is perfect for carrying all your sun bathing essentials!

Kate Spade

Pilar Flats

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Kate Spade’s Pilar Flats are a perfect match with any outfit, day or night. We love that the neutral flat that is casual enough for everyday wear but can still add an air of dressiness when needed.

Lia Sophia

Aragon Necklace

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A statement necklace can transform a simple outfit into a wow outfit. Lia Sophia’s Aragon Necklace gives enough of a pop without being too bold. Our favorite part about the necklace? It’s perfect for layering, but more about that later…

Eric Javits

Squishee Fedora

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We love the Eric Javits Squishee Fedora for everyday or beach wear. The signature Squishee material makes the fedora easy to pack, whether its in a tote bag  or in a suitcase.

KOTUR

Large Levin Multi Clutch

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The KOTUR Large Levin Multi Clutch offers plenty of space to fit every essential you’ll need for a night out on the town. The brightly colored clutch plays with great summer neutrals and adds a pop of color and fun to any outfit!

 Lost Wax Studio

Black Diamond Pendant Necklace

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We love Lost Wax Studio’s layering necklaces. A dainty design with an slightly edgy finish, th e Black Diamond Pendant necklace is perfectly paired with a heavier statement necklace like the Lia Sophia necklace feature above, or with multiple smaller necklaces with varying lenghts.

Hammitt

Getty F Crossbody

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Hammitt’s Getty F crossbody is perfect for hot summer days when you want to be hands free and carry a light weight bag. The gorgeous leather and detailed fringe make the bag a not-so-ordinary everyday bag!

Palter Deliso

Fancy Ivory Floral Pump

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Put a little spring in your step with Palter Deliso’s Fancy Floral Ivory Pump! The shoe is perfect for adding a little color to anything from dark wash jeans and a t-shirt to business attire.

Charming Charlie

Winding Roads Ring Set

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Sticking with one of our favorite trends for the summer, stacking, Charming Charlie’s Winding Roads Ring Set make it easy to mix and match simple rings for a bold satement. Want to make an even bolder statement? Try pairing the rings with pieces that you already own!

Tory Burch

York Buckle Tote

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Throughout each season, tote bags are a fashion mainstay. Tory Burch’s York Buckle Tote comes in a number of gorgeous colors, and being made from light weight material with a double strap, makes it our favorite carry-all for the summer! Whether you’re carry the bag around the city or using it while vacationing, the tote works well for any occassion.

Valentino

Rock Stud Sandal

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Valentino’s Rock Stud Sandal takes a classic gladiator shape and completely transforms it with their signature studs. The offering of neutral colors allows for the sandal to go with any casual outfit you’ll be wearing this summer!

How will you be accessorizing your summer wardrobe?

Breakfast Bytes: How a Mobile Marketing Plan Can Benifit You!

On Monday, June 2nd, the Accessories Council had the pleasure of teaming up with Qwasi to present Breakfast Bytes, an informational seminar teaching retailers how to maximize marketing opportunities with mobile technology.

Retailers are constantly tracking consumer behavior, and with mobile technology you can now segment customers based on in-store & online behaviors, in conjunction with mobile interactions. This will allow you to gain a more complete understanding of who the customer is, how the customer is shopping, and what is the driving force behind the purchases.

Unlike most other advertising and marketing tools, mobile technology allows the consumer to receive information about your company in real time. Features such as SMS and MMS offer a direct connection to your intended audience. In fact, on average, 90% of all SMS messages are opened within 3 minutes of delivery. A stark contrast from the 20 %-50% average open rate of marketing emails. Companies can not only us SMS and MMS to send out marketing alerts, letting consumers know about sales and promotions, but also to send out transactional alerts such as receipts, or order confirmations, or shipping notifications. SMS is also a wonderful tool to facilitate end to end flow from purchase to delivery with functions such as Text2Buy. It allows for a simpler customer experience, and faster, more convenient purchasing.

Other valuable mobile marketing tools include LBS (Location Based Services), Mobile Apps & Push Notifications, and Passbook. LBS allows companies to use geofencing and to notify customers of location specific offers, as well as send fraud alert notifications when a customer’s credit card is used from a location outside of where his or her cellphone is being detected. Mobile Apps & Push Notifications cause prompt direct consumer reaction through event notifications sent directly to cellphones, and allow 280 characters of text, as well as rich content such as images and video. Passbook, an app available for both Android and Iphone, allows users to store coupons, event tickets, boarding passes, balance rewards cards, and gift cards all on their phones without the hassle of having to dig through a wallet or handbag. Passbook also provides the ability for companies to update their coupons in real time, subsequently making it that much easier and more enticing for consumers to shop.

Based on the consumer behavior that’s been noted, it is apparent that consumers prefer to communicate through mobile devices rather than email. In order to keep a leg up on the competition, companies must adapt to this new mindset, and develop mobile marketing plans that allow the transmission of promotions or transactions with the touch of a button.

Begin your mobile marketing journey with Qwasi now!

QwasiVisit www.qwasi.com for more information.

All About Dad! Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

While the word “accessories” usually seems to be synonymous with women’s fashion, we are proving that men can have fun accessorizing too, with this year’s #ACTOPPICKS Father’s Day Gift Guide! From wallets, to hats, to new cologne, we’ve chosen pieces  that any dad will love and can easily wear.

Check out our favorites here:

David & Young

Men’s Fedora l $24-40
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The D&Y Spring Men’s Collection embodies an all American style with a twist of old world fashions. You will find a broad range of prints from camo and anchors to preppy plaids and bold stripes. Our fedora is one of the most popular hat styles this season, due to its structured clean lines and simple yet bold colors and prints.  In order to keep our hats lightweight and comfortable for the Spring/Summer weather, we use linen/cotton blends, and raffia paper!

To purchase visit www.shopdavidandyoung.com or your local DSW, Bon-Ton, and Wilson Leather retailers.

Dr. Scholl’s

Jason Oxfords l $120

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Versatile style comes naturally to the classic Jason oxfords from the Original Collection by Dr. Scholl’s. The Jason Oxfords feature a Velour suede upper, five eye lace-up front, soft cotton fabric lining, cushioning insole with Memory Fit(R) foam, EVA midsole, & a traction outsole.

To purchase visit www.nordstrom.com or www.zappos.com/dr-scholls-jason-original-collection-granite-velour-suede-leather.

Esquire

Slim-fit Dress Shirt & Narrow Tie l $79.50 & $59.50

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Esquire’s slim-fit shirt features a non-iron cotton that will look just as fresh at the end of a long day as it did when dad first put it on, which also makes it a great shirt to pack for business trips! The luxurious silk neckties offer a subtle sheen thanks to their woven ribbed pattern. The set offers a look that dad can wear for years to come!

To purchase visit www.menswearhouse.com.

J. Fold

Stone Collection Folding Card Carrier l $59.50

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J. Fold’s Stone Collection Folding Card Carrier features full grain vegetable tanned Italian leather. The card carrier has a slim silhouette and 4 card slots, making it easy for dad to carry his cash and cards comfortably in his back pocket .

 To purchase visit www.jfold.com, www.nordstrom.com, or www.amazon.com. Also available at finer specialty stores.

Ilori

Oliver Peoples “Becket Sunglasses” l $365

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Oliver Peoples Becket sunglasses offer a masculine, classic look, constructed of immaculately beveled acetate. The sporty, simple style will work well with any face shape.

Visit www.iloristyle.com to find your nearest Ilori location.

Jack + Mulligan

Dylan Dopp Kit l $70

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Jack + Mulligan’s “Dylan Dopp Kit” is a great gift to help dad keep his toiletries in one place, whether he’s at home or traveling. The bag is crafted from water-repellent 18oz canvas with a waterproof nylon lining to protect the bag from any spills that may occur inside. Leather and brass accents give the Dyla Dopp Kitt an elegant, classic look.

To purchase visit  www.jackandmulligan.com and select retailers in New York, Connecticut, and Philadelphia.

Soxxy

Nighthawk Travel Compression Socks l $35

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Traveling dads will love Soxxy’s Nightwalk Travel Compression Socks. Not only do the socks increase circulation, reduce jet lag, swelling, & muscle soreness they also help decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

To purchase visit www.soxxysocks.com.

Vince Camuto

Vince Camuto Homme Eau de Toilette l $57-70

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Playing off of fragrances that are inspired by the allure of the European lifestyle, Vince Camuto Homme isn’t your dad’s typical cologne. The combination of pressed citron, juniper berry, iced gin, French lavender, warm musk, cools spruce and atlas cedar offers a fresh clean scent that is perfect for summer!

To purchase visit www.macys.com or your local Macy’s store.

Vasi Moda

Silk Pocket Square l $105

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Handcrafted in Como, Italy and one of 12 different print designs;  Each “B” Square is composed of same precise detail, vibrant colors and artistic elements of the signature VASI scarf line.

The “B” Square is a 16 inch square, made with the highest silk quality available with a hand sewn rolled hem. All print designs are original and unique to VASI Moda. The Square adds a sensual feel, sophisticated look and a chic touch to every wardrobe.  For men, the “B” Square effortlessly adds style, a pop of color and personality to both formal and casual looks when added to the pocket of suits, blazers and jackets.

Available on www.vasimoda.com.

How will you be gifting dad this Father’s Day?

Baubles, Handbags, & Scarves, Oh My! Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Guide Part 3

Mother’s Day is exactly two weeks from Sunday. If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for mom, check out our last round of 2014 favorites!

 

Charming Charlie

Precious Petals Stretch Bracelet l $15

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For a stroke of style genius, try a Charming Charlie artisan-inspired accessory like this stretchy enamel flower bracelet. The painted finish and glam center detail create a cool mixed media vibe.

To purchase, visit www.charmingcharlie.com or your local Charming Charlie store.

Hayden Harnett

Sandrine Satchel l $448

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The classic  Hayden Harnett ‘Sandrine Satchel’ gets a modernist update with logo hinge hardware and clean equestrian detailing. Carry by the handles or wear on the shoulder with the detachable strap, it’s the perfect everyday bag for mom!

To purchase, visit www.haydenharnett.com.

Ritani

Diamond Sunflower Gray Leather Bracelet in Sterling Silver l $235

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A sparkling addition to any collection, this Ritani gray leather diamond bracelet is full of charm. Moms can dress up or dress down with this gorgeous, classic piece.

To purchase, visit www.ritani.com.

SummerSkin

Endless Summer Scarf l $49

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The SummerSkin ’Endless Summer Scarf’ offers endless ways to get easy and chic sun protection. It can be worn as an infinity scarf, shoulder wrap, instant hood, and skirt. Not only will mom look chic but she’ll be protecting herself from the sun’s harmful rays with UPF 50+!

To purchase, visit www.yoursummerskin.com.

Roman & Sunstone

Preppy Pearl Marquise Cabachon Statement Necklace l $36

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This stunning necklace from the Roman & Sunstone ‘Preppy Pearl’ collection is sure to make a statement! Its eye-catching design features simulated cream pearls and blue and green faceted accents. You are sure to dazzle with this amazing look!

To purchase, visit www.romansunstone.com.

Matterial Fix

Strength and Dignity Bangle l $60

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Vibrant enamel arched between hand carved geometric details, this Matterial Fix bangle is a representation of all girls – strong and dignified. This gorgeous bangle will serve as a constant reminder of mom’s strenght and dignity!

To purchase, visit www.matterialfix.com.

Stella & Max

All I Need Clutch l $48

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Keep yourself organized while remaining elegant with Stella & Max’s ‘All I Need’ clutch. Available in four bold colors with subtle grain texture, the clutch is the perfect go-to bag for a Moms Night Out!

To purchase, visit www.stellaandmax.com or your local Macy’s store.

 

Every mom deserves a special Mother’s Day gift. We hope we made your shopping just a little bit easier!

Baubles, Handbags, & Scarves, Oh My! Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Guide Part 2

Yesterday we gave you a taste of our favorite gifts for mom this Mother’s Day. Check out some of the other gifts we think any mom will love!

Vasi Moda

Neo Classique I l $360

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The signature shape makes a VASI easy to wear. It is a statement piece that is effortlessly elegant, providing the finishing touch to classic wardrobe staples. The NEO CLASSIQUE I is inspired by international architecture of metropolitan cities that can be found from Europe to Manhattan.

To purchase, visit www.vasimoda.com.

Pico Design

Laser Cut Heart Pendant l $65

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This necklace is Pico’s architectural interpretation of the classic heart. The interior framework was designed to provide structure and strength to an otherwise delicate design. Its the perfect way to show mom how much you love her!

To purchase, visit www.picomeanslittle.com

olivia + joy

Lillie Wristlet l $58

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The large ziparound with gold olivia + joy plate and removable woven chain wristlet strap not only looks chic, but its functional as well with a removable zipper pouch to take on-the-go!

To purchase, visit www.oliviaandjoy.com

Isharya

Goddess Loop Fringe Earring l $118

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The Isharya ‘Goddess Loop Fringe’ earring is an effortless style that is lightweight and perfect for moms. It has just a hint of fringe, a semi-precious stone, and is easy to wear.

To purchase, visit www.isharya.com.

Iristocracy

Matthew Williamson Classic Medium Wayfarer l $395

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The classic medium size wayfarer frame is an easy-to-wear style that fits all face shapes.  They’re the perfect frame to add a little color to mom’s look!

To purchase Matthew Williamson Eyewear, visit www.iristocracy.com.

Freida Rothman

Turquoise Pave Radiance Pendant Necklace l $185

Freida Rothman Turquoise Pave Radiance Pendant Mother's DayFrom the Freida Rothman FEMME LUXURE Collection, the Turquoise Pave Radiance Pendant Necklace is made of Sterling silver and 14k matte gold plated. The perfect mix between classical charm and big city glamour, the piece is easy to layer or wear on its own!

To purchase, visit www.nordstrom.com.

Minnie Rose

Cotton Fringe Ruana l $128

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Minnie Rose’s poncho style ruana with a detailed fringe trim and is a must have item for traveling moms. Easily packed as a carry-on, the ruana makes for a great wrap on the plane or a cover-up on the beach!

To purchase, visit www.minnierose.com.

Keep your eyes open for our final round of must-haves for mom!

Baubles, Handbags, & Scarves, Oh My! Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Guide

On Tuesday, April 8th, the Accessories Council had the pleasure of hosting our annual #ACTOPPICKS Mother’s Day Press Event at BLT Fish. Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson, and premier lifestyle correspondent, host, accessory expert, and spokesperson, Pamela Pekerman, led the presentation of amazing Mother’s Day must-haves presented this year. From amazing necklaces and baubles to gorgeous ruanas and scarves, this year’s gift-guide offers something for every mother!

Stella & Dot

The Classic l $98

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Stella & Dot’s ‘Classic’ tote is an everyday, go-to tote ready to seize the day with a bottle pocket, easy-wipe lining, and space galore for books, snacks, beauty pick me ups and more. The bag features a linen exterior and lizard textured neon yellow trim, broken stripe print interior on spill resistant fabric, 4 interior pockets, and a top zip closure.

To purchase, visit www.stelladot.com.

lia sophia

Wayfarer Necklace l $168

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The ‘Wayfarer’ necklace from lia sophia is the perfect gift for busy moms on the go. Made with lia sophia’s exclusive Genius™ Clasp, Wayfarer features three detachable necklaces in one, and can wear the necklace 7 different ways!

To purchase, visit www.liasophia.com to locate a fashion advisor.

Adrienne Landau

Fox Fur Keychain l $25

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Adrienne Landau’s ‘Fox Fur Keychain’ makes it easy to find your keys in any bag, large or small!

To purchase, visit www.adriennelandau.com.

Trollbeads

Black Flower Mosaic Bangle l $216

Troll Beads Mosaic Flower Bangle Mother's Day

The Trollbeads ‘Black Flower Mosaic Bangle’ features a sterling silver bangle, two sterling silver stoppers and a Black Flower Mosaic glass bead.  The Black Flower Mosaic glass bead is an exquisite Persian flower mosaic cast in black with a shiny cast of dichroic glass. It’s the perfect starter bangle for mom!

To purchase, visit www.trollbeads.com or Troll Beads NY store at 1016 6th Avenue (btw 37th and 38th).

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Flow Bracelet l $234

x by trollbeads flow bracelet mother's dayX by Trollbeads ‘Flow Bracelet’ is perfect for moms that like a little edge to their jewelry. The ‘Flow Bracelet’ features black links, bronze links, bronze clasp and decorative sterling silver, Flow, link.  The link was designed by Trollbeads Designer, Søren Nielsen.

To purchase, visit www.trollbeads.com or Troll Beads NY store at 1016 6th Avenue (btw 37th and 38th).

Isaac Mizrahi

Faye Tote l $298

Isaac Mizrahi Faye Tote Mother's Day

Isaac Mizrahi’s ‘Faye Tote’ features a double handle portfolio style with a front zipper pocket and extra interior pockets.  The side zipper details allows you to  increase and decrease the width. Chic and simple, the ‘Faye Tote’ is the perfect everyday bag for busy moms on the go!

To purchase, visit your local Lord & Taylor store.

Stay tuned to see what other fabulous gifts we love for Mom!

Get Fashion Industry Experience with a Paid Summer Internship at the Accessories Council!

Are you still looking for a summer internship? The Accessories Council is searching for a paid summer intern!

Accessories Council Summer Internship Opportunity

 

Intern responsibilites will include but are not limited to:

  • Updating and creating blog content.
  • Updating social media content.
  • Receive and unload packages.
  • Assist in day to day office activities.
  • Supporting the staff in all office functions.
  • Performing outreach in order to secure ticket sales, donations, & sponsorships for the 2014 ACE Awards.
  • Performing outreach in order to gain participants in seasonal #ACTOPPICKS Press Events.
  • Assist in coordination and set up of Accessories Council events.

* Proficiency in Microsoft Office and WordPress a plus.*

If you love fashion and accessories and are interested in the postition, email us at carolyn@accessoriescouncil.org to apply!

Catching Up with Music Festival Fashion 2014

Music festival season is back in full swing and with that comes major fasion statments. Hair accessories, stacked bracelets, crossbody bags, and over the top sunglasses are just some of our favorite looks!

Check out some of the looks we love for this year’s fesitvals!

 

Coachella Street Style

 

Photographed from left to right (Top): Eric Javits ‘Squishy Hat’ Fedora, Ela Rae ‘Morah’ Necklace, and Electric Picks stacking beaded bracelets; Middle: Charming Charlie ‘Jessa Checkered’ Crossbody, Ela Rae assorted bracelets and handchain, and Rebecca Minkoff ‘Barb’ Sandal; Bottom: Ray-Ban ‘Wayfarer’ Sunglasses, Deepa Gurnani ‘Blush’ Headband, and assorted Kate Spade crossbody bags.

 

What will you be wearing this year?

Alex Woo Collaborates with Disneynature’s “Bears” to Benefit the National Park Foundation!

Accessories Council member, Alex Woo, and Disneynature‘s “Bears” have collaborated to benefit the National Park Foundation!

Alex Woo and Disneynature "Bears" Collaboration

In her third collaboration with Disneynature, Alex Woo has designed a gorgeous pendant featuring the franchise’s three newest stars, Sky, Amber, and Scout; a mother bear and her twin bear cubs, from the big-screen adventure, “Bears”. According to Woo, “As a mother myself, I instantly bonded with the theme and story of Disneynature’s new film “Bears.” I was really touched by the universal symbolism and significance of the relationship between mother and child. And in an effort to help preserve our national parks, I designed a special pendant that captures the true beauty and essence of American wildlife. The mother bear Sky watches over her twin cubs Amber and Scout while they look up to her for a shield and protection from the dangers of the wild. All mothers share a common bond of wanting to protect and nurture their child as best they can. So that was the story I wanted to tell through my design. The final element that I wanted to incorporate was the three snow-capped mountains at Katmai National Park that represent a different goal that Disneynature and the National Park Foundation hope to achieve: wildlife protection, habitat restoration, and conservation research. What is exciting about the National Park Foundation is that they are the gateway to everyone’s lives in experiencing nature; its goal is to connect people to the parks, protect them, and inspire people to learn more about them. I hope that you like it as much as I enjoyed designing it!”

The pendant is available in a variety of metals, including sterling silver and 14kt gold, and retails from $218-$1098. 20% of the proceeds from the piece will go towards the National Park Foundation’s efforts to conserve and preserve our National Parks, and allow visitors to continue to enjoy America’s national park system. The necklace will be available at www.alexwoo.com and other fine specialty retailers.

Alex Woo Disneynature Bears Collaboration

To purchase visit www.alexwoo.com and for more information on the National Park Foundation visit www.nationalparks.org.

Swarovski Shines at Fall/Winter 2014 Press Preview

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of visiting the gorgeous Swarovski showroom for the  Fall/Winter Press Preview and we were completely enamored by the amazing colors that we encountered!

Swarovski Fall/Winter 2014 Preview

The focus of the season’s collection is to truly bring together and experiment with art and light. Newly designed custom cut crystals, exclusive to Swarovski’s Fall/Winter 2014 line, assist in allowing light reflect so that each piece sparkles perfectly. Rich jewel tones set in black metal and silver add a little edge to otherwise ultra-glamorous statement pieces. Rose gold and mixed metals are also prevalent throughout the collection, and offer a fresh take on many of Swarovski’s classic pieces. And once overpowering, classic statement watches have been redesigned to offer a slimmer, more delicate look.

Overall, the Fall/Winter 2014 collection offers a fabulous balance of femininity and edge. It was difficult to walk through without taking mental notes of each and every piece that we are dying to get our hands on!

The Accessories Council and 92Y Jewelry Center Join Forces!

The Accessories Council and the 92Y Jewelry Center have joined forces to bring a series of conversations with some of the greatest jewelry designers of our time! The series kicked off last October with an entertaining and in depth discussion with Kenneth Jay Lane.

92y jewelry center alexis bittar

The 92Y Jewelry Center serves 1700 students each year with over 60 classes each term. The Center also offers weekly workshops in 4 studios, and is the largest program of its kind in the United States. Classes and workshops range from beginner introductions to advanced courses for those looking to refine their skills. Classes include gold and silversmithing, stone setting, wax carving, enameling, and the only Judaica metalsmithing program in the nation.

Most recently, the Accessories Council and the 92Y Jewelry Center had the pleasure of hosting two time ACE Award Honoree, Alexis Bittar, as he discussed his incredible journey as a jewelry designer with writer and producer Rima Suqi infront of a sold out crowd of over 200 guests! What started as “hawking his wares on the streets of New York” has turned into an immediately recognizable eponymous jewelry collection that is sold in 34 countries around the globe. Today, Alexis Bittar has been regarded as “one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century.”

Stay tuned to see who our next featured designer of the series will be!