The Accessories Council Visits India for Inaugural Designers Fair

The Designers Fair was the first initiative undertaken by the Council for Leather Exports under the Make in India program, which is aimed at design development in the Indian leather industry. Held at the Hotel Le Royal Meridien in Chennai, India on February 1st-3rd, 2016, this exclusive and ground-breaking design exhibition showcased twenty-four reputed designers from around the world, including two Indian designers. Categories featured included leather footwear, leather wallets, purses, and handbags, and additional footwear components and gloves. Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson was in attendance for this inaugural event.

To learn more and see a full recap of the event, please see the link below.

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FDRA presents: Omnisourcing in an Omnichannel World

On August 19, 2015, the Accessories Council attended the FNPlatform Show during MAGIC in Las Vegas entitled Footwear Distributors and Retails of America Presents: Omnisourcing in an Omnichannel World.

Presentees included Matt Priest (President of the FDRA), N. Mohan (Vice President of TATA International), and N. Bhasin (Regional Chairman-West of the Council for Leather Exports).

 

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Overview From FDRA:

2.3 Billion pairs of shoes are imported to the USA each year—that is over 7 pairs of shoes per individual.  Most of those shoes (79%) come from China, with 95% of the shoes coming from just 3 countries, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.  The overall reliance on China is starting to fade a bit with athletic shoes leading the charge of alternative sourcing.

The possibility expanding the Trans Pacific Partnership, (a free-trade agreement) a 12-nation fair trade agreement could save the USA a lot of duty. In fact, by adopting this new policy including Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Chili, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.  The proposal would save companies and consumers $400 million by eliminating the duty.  This would be a big win for growth of the category.

Other highlights:

  • Cambodia has had a 134% increase in footwear production, but this is off of a very small base.
  • India is also growing at a nice pace of 10% annually—there are some tremendous opportunities in India to both source and sell shoes
  • The Dominican Republic already offers duty-free imports, but only 1.4% of the volume coming to the USA is from the DR.  May be more opportunity there.

Overview from Mr. Mohan:

Made in India:  The government is stepping up to make it easier for production and foreign investors.  India has a $500billion retail base today, with a projection of $1.3trillion projected by 2020.

There are multi-opportunities to develop business in India:

  • Opportunities to introduce and grow your brand
  • Opportunity to manufacture in India

Important facts:

  • The economy is on strong footing, it’s the 7th largest GDP and the 3rd Largest purchasing population
  • Land is amply available
  • India is the 5th largest generator of electricity with a 8.5% growth
  • Interest rates on savings are high
  • It’s getting easier to obtain an employment visa
  • There is plenty of manpower with more entering market—356 million people are aged 10-24 years
  • The government is training the population, so no shortage of labor pool
  • Demographic break
    • 65% of the population is less than 30 years old
    • 5-7 million people are “Super Rich”
    • 70-80 million are “Consuming”
    • 250-300 million are “Climbing” and aspiring to consume
    • India produces 2 billion sq. ft. of leather annually, 10% of the global production
    • They export $6.5 billion in leather
    • There is no duty on hides coming from India
    • More “zero liquid discharge” factories and cleaner production options

Footwear has a $5 billion base with a $26 billion projected business (men’s footwear is 46% of the market) Footwear consumption by Indian citizens projected to double from 2 pairs to 4 pairs by 2020.  If you are thinking of new sourcing options or selling, there is certainly opportunity in India.

Our President, Karen Giberson, walked the booths in footwear and accessories. The men’s collections showed strength and quality.  Women’s casual shoes, flats and boots also seemd possible, particularly if you are coming with your own designs. The same was true of their accessory and leather apparel assortments.

FDRA: Founded in 1944, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) is the oldest, largest, and most effective footwear trade association in the U.S. It represents the full breadth of the footwear industry, supporting more than 100 companies and over 200 brands, from research, design and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to retailers selling to consumers all over the globe. What FDRA does is simple: It advocates for lower costs for consumers, allowing its members to sell more shoes and create jobs.

Council for Leather Exports: The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is the single largest and Apex trade promotion organization of the strong and rapidly growing Indian leather & leather products industry. CLE is committed towards the overall development of Indian leather sector and achieve higher export growth to enhance India’s share in global leather trade. CLE is functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India. It is the notified Export Promotion organization for entire leather & leather products industry.

Remembering Elaine Gold

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It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we share the news of Elaine Gold’s passing. Elaine was a beloved friend and board member of the Accessories Council.

The Accessories Council is very sad to announce the passing of an industry icon, Elaine Gold.  Known for her short silver hair, fiery sense of humor and deep knowledge of the industry, Elaine had a dynamic career, influencing and working with designers and brands including Vera, Totes/XIIX Karat, Collection XIIX, Ellen Tracy, Jones New York, to name a few.  Elaine Gold passed on August 30, 2015 after a short illness.

Elaine’s career began at Vera Scarves, after a chance meeting when she auditioned to be a model in the showroom. She often said she took a job in the accessory industry, as the bus from Jackson Heights where she lived, went straight to Fifth Avenue. She worked directly with Vera as her assistant and studio business manager.  During her time there, the company developed their tabletop prints and scarf business.  She also worked with budding designer, Perry Ellis.

After 19 years at Vera, she joined Robinson & Golluber, where she was an early pioneer of brand marketing in the scarf industry.  She then joined Totes to run XIIX Karats, working with legends such as Albert Nipon, Ellen Tracy and Kenzo.  In 1983 Elaine bought the company and changed the name to Collection XIIX. Stating, “I need to keep XIIX in the name as it’s already on the door and the letters are too expensive to remove!” She built Collection XIIX into a powerhouse company taking on brand licenses as Anne Klein and Jones New York to name a few. In addition, she launched her namesake Elaine Gold Collection, which was in stores until 1997.

In 1991, Elaine joined forces with Drew Pizzo, the current owner of Collection XIIX and then became partners with him when he bought half the company in 1992.  “Elaine was a visionary and a supporter of entrepreneurial women across all industries.  An icon in the accessory industry, she was known for her impeccable and strong sense of style, always perfectly put together and always a well matching scarf to accessorize her signature tailored look.  She was a mentor and friend of many and a very dear friend and partner to me.  She will be fondly remembered.”  Drew Pizzo, CEO Collection XIIX.

Elaine went on to found a new company, Elaine Gold Enterprises, which landed the US Postal service as its first license.  She worked with clients as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vera Bradley.  Elaine was a consummate professional who was known as a “go to” lady for all things scarves.

Elaine was passionate about her industry and was known for her strong commitment to giving back, in addition to being a charter member of the Accessories Council, she served on a number of boards.  She was a long time board member of Shankar College in Israel and often hosted students in her office.  She served on the Advisory Board of LIM College. She was honored by FABB, for her work in the fashion accessory industry and honored with the Accessories Council Hall of Fame Award in 2007.

She made charity a priority, serving on the board of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl. She was honored by the group in 2012 and made regular trips to visit the children in the school outside of Tel Aviv.  She was honored by The Foundation Fighting Blindness in 2013.  Elaine was a loyal member of Chabad of Midtown for 18 years.

Elaine will be missed.  An industry memorial service and celebration of Elaine’s life and industry contributions will be announced in the near future.

 

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NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LDR BRANDS

The Accessories Council would like to welcome new member, LDR Brands!

Sarah DeMarco, Nickole Raymond, and Lindsey Tervo-Clemmens are female executives from diverse career backgrounds. Together, they are the founders of LDR Brands and the epitome of the modern woman.

Their non-stop lifestyle required them to travel extensively with their laptops. On their frequent flights, these women realized that their tech accessories were stylish or functional – never both. These entrepreneurs sourced high quality materials to create the perfect laptop bag combining both fashion and practicality, thus establishing LDR Brands!

Check out this handbag from the LDR Porter Bag Collection:

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Features of this collection include:

  • 100% Italian Pebbled Leather and Suede
  • Eco-friendly shock absorbent padded computer section
  • Two interior pen/lip-gloss holders
  • One interior key/cord Keeper
  • One interior zipper pocket
  • One interior business card pocket
  • One interior phone pocket
  • Exterior zipper pocket and phone pocket slot
  • 7” handle drop with adjustable strap
  • 3 lbs., 16.5” L x 3” W and 12.75” H

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It is so exciting that these smart and successful women have created a product that never sacrifices fashion for function again.

To support LDR Brands, be sure to check out their Kickstarter Campaign. We agree, “It’s time to break up with your baggage”. Visit their website at www.ldrbrands.com to pre-order now!

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH ACCESSORIES? YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS OUT!

What’s more fun than updating your wardrobe and growing your sales with accessories? We can’t think of too many things! Accessories always fit! They are a great way to up a sales ticket and transform an outfit. Incorporating accessories into your mix is a smart, affordable and exciting way to keep your store fresh and create a treasure hunt for your shoppers. We are loving this season’s great handbags, colorful jewelry and fun footwear.

EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS—There are many designers, particularly newer companies, that are willing to do small runs, unique colors or hardware with collections. It can’t hurt to ask! As you select new products, try to find things that can be special for your store or at least exclusive for your geographical area. It will give your shopper a reason to keep coming back.

REAL MEN ACCESSORIZE—There are more wonderful accessory and jewelry choices for men than ever before. Today’s man is ready and willing to up their fashion game. As you think about buying for holiday, you might want to include a few gift items.  Try Ransom Jewels for some great men’s jewelry.

TECHNOLOGY—Technology has transformed our lives and certainly the accessory world. All the tablets, phones and computers that will be gifted for the holidays will need new cases. Think about ways to grow your business with fashionable solutions to house our beloved tech. We’re currently loving Vanesa Rey’s sleek iphone cross-body cases.

Technology has infused itself into our products, too. Wearable tech items such as fit bands or smart fabrics are a fun way to refresh your assortment.

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS PRODUCTS—Consumers are increasingly looking for meaning in what they buy. If you can find great looking product that was made with integrity, crafted close to your store or that uses environmentally friendly materials, all the better. We love items that give back in some way and so will your customers. Everyone loves a product with a story, be sure to educate and train your team so that they can convey it properly to your customers. Jewelry brand, Ragini Mittal, is a great example of a product that is both beautiful and gives back to the community.

PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS—Today’s shoppers love to have items that are especially made for them. Consider offering a mix of initials, monograms or the ability to customize products for your shoppers. Brands like John Wind Maximal Art have great charm programs and brands like Kemi Designs and Auburn Jewelry can make special jewelry pieces for your stores.

CREATIVE DISPLAYS—We love our products, but they don’t always show well without a little creativity. While walking the show, note how brands have propped and presented their items. There are many low cost ways to achieve the same results in your stores.  When accessories are displayed properly, they will sell much better! We love how VIP Unlimited uses a Rolodex to display their hair bands.

DON’T FORGET THE EYES! Good eye health is essential, so offering UV protective sunglasses or reading glasses is more important than ever. The average age of Americans is rising quickly, with the Boomer being the fastest growing market segment.  Fashionable readers are a great way to add on sales. StaysOn is a great product that mixes both fashion and function  with their sunglasses that can also be used as headbands.

Stop by and see the Accessories Council Showcase at Atlanta Apparel next week, booth #2-777! Don’t miss our trend presentation on Friday at 4 p.m. or my presentation on Saturday at 10 a.m. (both on 2nd floor runway.) We are happy to answer your accessory questions and show you some of our favorite brands and items!

-Karen Giberson
President, Accessories Council

16th Annual FIT Next Generation Awards

On Tuesday May 12th, the Accessories Council hosted the 16th Annual Next Generation Awards at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  The event featured more category sponsorships than ever before.  Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this evening a success:

Congratulations to all of our winners!

  • Men’s Accessories
    1st Prize: Ryan Flynn
    2nd Prize: Den Ly
  • Fine Jewelry
    1st Prize: Melinda Mendoza
    2nd Prize: Hyun Jung Hur
  • Sunglasses
    1st Prize: Ryan Flynn
    2nd Prize: Shawnee Li
  • Millinery
    1st Prize: Eunae Shim
    2nd Prize: Aaron Anish
  • Handbags
    1st Prize: T. Jacob Hooker & Fernando Webb
    2nd Prize Gabrielle Litterio
  • SLGs/Belts
    1st Prize: Adnan Ege Kutay
    2nd Prize: Den Ly
  • Fashion Jewelry
    1st Prize: Ana Aguilar
    2nd Prize: Alexia Kitsli
  • Optical
    1st Prize: Varuna Suraseranivong
    2nd Prize: Cali Hellerman
  • Footwear
    1st Prize: Gloria Yuen
    2nd Prize: Juan Mota
  • Portfolio
    1st Prize: Gloria Yuen
    2nd  Prize: Kira Yang

In addition to the Next Generation Awards, for the first time ever we had the pleasure of hosting a mini-career fair at FIT. Attendees included V. Fraas, Global Brands Group, Deepa Gurnani, and Colette Malouf.

We are honored to award and recognize excellence in the next generation of accessory design!

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Tura WinnerJennifer Coppel of Tura Inc (left) and Varuna Suraseranivong, 1st Prize Winner for Outstanding Optical Design.

Luxottica WinnersAria Choung of Luxottica Group (left) and Robin Lawson of Glasses.com (right) with 1st Prize Winner, Ryan Flynn (middle left) and 2nd Prize Winner, Shawnee Li, for Outstanding Optical Design.

Kate Spade WinnerAmy Gofton of Kate Spade & Company with 1st Prize Winners, T. Jacob Hooker (middle left) and Fernando Webb (middle right), and 2nd Prize Winner, Gabrielle Litterio (left), for Outstanding Handbag Design.

Kara Ross NY WinnerKara Ross’s 2015 1st Prize Winner for Outstanding Fine Jewelry Design, Melinda Mendoza.

Jack Spade WinnersJarrod Khan of Global Brands Group (middle) with 1st Prize Winner, Adnan Ege Kutay, and 2nd Prize Winner, Den Ly, for Outstanding Small Leather Goods and Belts Design.

Haskel WinnerJackie Canzone (left) and Patricia Klein (right) of Haskell Jewels with Alexia Kitsli (middle), 2nd Prize Winner for Outstanding Fashion Jewelry Design.

FGX WinnerEllen Mash, of FGX International with Aaron Anish, 2nd Prize Winner for Outstanding Millinery Design.

Collection 18 WinnersDiana Amorello (left) and Rachel Rowberry (right) of Collection XIIX with 1st Prize Winner, Gloria Yuen (middle right), and 2nd Prize Winner, Kira Yang (middle left), for Outstanding Portfolio Design.

9 West WinnersJimmy Chan of Nine West Group (middle) with 1st Prize Winner, Gloria Yuen (right), and 2nd Prize Winner, Juan Mota (left), for Outstanding Footwear Design.

Jack SpadeTodd Magill of Jack Spade (middle) with 1st Prize Winner, Ryan Flynn (left) and 2nd Prize Winner, Den Ly (right), for Outstanding Men’s Accessories Design.

Kara RossKara Ross, CEO & Founder of Kara Ross NY.

SarahMullinsFIT’s Accessories Design Chairperson, Sarah Mullins, kicks off the 2015 Next Generation Awards!

KarenAccessories Council President, Karen Giberson, welcomes the crowd.

Apply to Join the Accessories Council Showcases in Atlanta!

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The Accessories Council Showcase is hitting the road this summer and taking our brands to the Atlanta Apparel and Atlanta Home & Gift Show!

Atlanta Apparel: June 11th-13th

Atlanta Gift Show: July 9th- July 13th

Click HERE to download your application to join us at Atlanta Apparel!

Click HERE to download your application to join us at the Atlanta Gift Show!

 

FASHION, FUN, AND PHILANTHROPY: MOTHER’S DAY 2015 GIFT GUIDE

Are you wondering what to buy for Mother’s Day to make her feel fabulous? We’ve got you covered! On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Accessories Council had the pleasure of hosting our #ACTOPPICKS Mother’s Day Press Preview at Lividini & Co. Our designers showcased must-haves for mom. From statement accessories to sleepwear essentials, these hand picked gifts will ensure mom takes the spotlight!

Items 1-8 Mothers Day

1. Glitter Buzz Style

Lipstick l $11

Glitter Buzz Style’s fun statement lipstick comes in a variety of pop shades that keeps lips conditioned with key ingredients of jojoba oil and vitamins A, C, E. Enjoy assorted colors with great texture finishes in a matte or rich cream.

To purchase, visit www.glitterbuzzstyleboutique.com.

2. True by Isaac Mizrahi

Color Cosmetics Line l $10-$68

Known for his cosmopolitan style, Isaac Mizrahi brought his passion for bright color to an exciting new cosmetics line, TRUE by Isaac Mizrahi. Color cosmetics and face makeup are infused with the TRUE Beauty Cocktails, proprietary blends of CoQ10, green and white teas, Vitamins A and E and marine algae for a dose of “Healthy Glamour.” The designer cosmetics collection includes an extensive range of eye shadows, blush, and lip products.

To purchase, visit www.isaacmizrahi.com.

3. Mariem

Ballerina Flat “No. 3” | $240

Mariem’s “No. 3” is a new take on the classic ballerina style available in assorted colors. The upper portions of the flats are revamped with texture blocking using leather and canvas. The outsoles are adorned with leather for a classic look and rubber on the front to avoid any slippage. Memory foam encompasses the insole for comfort and support; perfect for on-the-go moms looking to remain stylish!

To purchase, visit www.mariem.co.

4. Printed Village

“Oh Buoy” Scarf | $38

Lightweight and stylish, this scarf from Printed Village will be a chic, finishing touch to any outfit. The design reinterprets organic elements, colors, and patterns for a modern world.

To purchase, visit www.printedvillage.com.

5. Dearfoams

Sequined Ballerina | $34

Shiny Sequins are paired with a soft velour lining and skid-resistant rubber outsole from Dearfoams; a great choice for moms who love to travel since they pack up easily— so sashay down the hotel hallway in style in black or gold color options!

To purchase, visit www.dearfoams.com.

6. Perpetual Shade

Metallic Luxury Silk Sleep Mask | $69

Made in NYC, Perpetual Shade’s metallic luxury silk sleep mask is another fantastic choice for moms who love to travel. Their sleep masks are made of the highest quality silk to ensure exceptional comfort while maintaining ultimate functionality.

To purchase, visit www.perpetualshade.com, www.shopbop.com, www.ahalife.com, or www.anthropologie.com.

7. Vanesa Rey

iPhone Cases | $199-$209

The Vanesa Rey crossbody wallet case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gives the modern woman a stylish way to stay connected for her life on the go. The snap close leather wallet is handcrafted in a premiere luxury leather workshop in Spain and the gold metallized phone cradle, giving open access to the phone screen, is made in America. The most important gadget for her everyday deserves to be cased in an accessory of equally beautiful design.

To purchase, visit www.vanesrey.com.

8. Kemi Designs

Custom Gold-Plate Necklace | $150

This hand-stamped and custom-made necklace by Kemi Designs can be decorated with your initials or a favorite saying or word up to 10 characters; a perfect personalized gift to show your affection for your mom!

To purchase, visit www.kemidesigns.com.

Items 9-16 Mothers Day

9. Marcolin

Swarovski “Edith” Sunglasses | $175

Marcolin’s easy-to-wear “Edith” cat-eye sunglasses are crafted in fine acetate. The individuality of this timeless style lies in the elegant decorum showcased on the arms and temples. This is a fabulous, essential design for a sunglass lover.

To purchase, visit www.us.marcolin.com.

10. Be Brilliant Bags

Brilliant Body Tote | $265

The Brilliant Body Tote combines high style with practical function allowing a woman to carry her “day” with ease. It features pockets for a laptop, iPad, iPhone and even a zippered compartment for a change of shoes. Inside, a snap-out clear plastic case allows for inspection of liquids at the airport or for carrying your personal items at the gym.

To purchase, visit www.bebrilliantbags.com or select boutiques and fitness centers.

11. MCM

“M” Reversible Belt | $295

Mom will exude style with the Visetos Round Reversible belt in MCM’s signature monogram print. Pink and red color options are sure to provide your mom with a bold pop of color to include in her wardrobe.

To purchase, visit www.mcmworldwide.com.

12. Stephen Dweck

Hand Carved Turquoise Ring, Earrings, Bracelet | $545-$1375

Wow your mom with Stephen Dweck’s hand carved turquoise with citrine jewelry, set in sterling silver. Dweck’s bracelet is additionally adorned with turquoise, citrine, and topaz to give your mom the wow moment she deserves.

To purchase, visit Neiman Marcus in store or online.

13. Hedgren

Kaci Tote | $99

The Kaci Tote in Baltic Blue is made for the mom that brings everything on the go and is made of Hedgren’s signature nylon material. The Kaci comes in a variety of spring colors, has great leather accents and details including stylish tassel, zippered and slip pockets for extra organization as well as an adjustable shoulder strap.

To purchase, visit http://www.ebags.com/brand/hedgren.

14. Roman & Sunstone

Heart Beaded Stretch Bracelet | $18

Roman & Sunstone’s artisan heart beaded stretch bracelet made with genuine elements is a perfect addition to your mom’s arm party. Stack them, wear them alone, or mix with other styles for a perfect look.

To purchase, visit www.romansunstone.com.

15. Pink Sheep Heiress

Sheep Shades | $180

Pink Sheep Heiress’s “Nassau” and “Indio” frames are designed in the heart of New York City’s Garment District. These new “it” sunnies are durable enough to take anywhere and come with the highest quality CR-39 lenses and 100% UV protection.

To purchase, visit www.pinksheepheiress.com.

16. Mona Assemi

Zany Necklace | $288

This 14kt gold plated long tassel necklace can be worn long, short, or layered. Busy moms can create a polished look day or night with this quirky, statement necklace also available in rose gold, silver, and gunmetal.

For all purchases call 917-828-5812.

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17. Ragini Mittal

Wheel of Fortune Ring | $36

The Wheel of Fortune Ring by Ragini Mittal encapsulates good fortune with style. The ring, hand-crafted in New Delhi, features prominent gold tones, man-made pearls, and a red onyx stone. Both the vivid and lively features from the ring will draw the eye of many admirers! Mittal’s jewelry represents the feminine and fun woman while offering empowerment to young women through entrepreneurship.

To purchase, visit www.raginimittal.com.

18. Luxchilas

Mochila Fringe Bag | $450

The Mochila Fringe Bag by Luxchilas will help mom look fab, feel bold, and give back. Proceeds from Luxchilas help support sustainable work for Wayuu Tribe families from Columbia. Every bag is hand-woven and embellished with crystal and leather fringes.

To purchase, visit www.shop.luxchilas.com.

19. Safilo

Kids by Safilo | $98-$120

Give the gift of sight to a child who you love as much as mom. The new Kids by Safilo line is kid-tested, mom-approved. This collection is the outcome of careful observation of children’s needs and meeting their requirements with solutions designed specifically for them.

To purchase, visit select high-end optical retailers nationwide.

20. Polaroid Kids’

Polaroid Kids’ Sunglasses | $39.50

Polaroid’s high performance products blend perfect vision with optimum protection. Their supreme quality provides a child with exceptional comfort and practicality.

To purchase, visit Solstice Sunglass stores.

21. Polaroid Women’s

Polaroid Women’s Sunglasses | $75-$98

Your mom will combat glare fashionably with these Polaroid Women’s Sunglasses. With Polaroid’s unsurpassable polarized lenses, she can wear these stylish shades while knowing her eyes are being protected. Available in various styles, you can find a pair that your mom is sure to love!

To purchase, visit Solstice Sunglass stores.

22. Raphael Vineyards

Vineyard & Wine Tasting Experience

Raphael Vineyards, nestled near the Peconic Bay, is dedicated to the production of world-class Merlot. The Petrocelli family prides itself on attention to detail, fine craftsmanship, and devotion to quality in every aspect of grape growing and wine making. Treat your world-class mom with some quality time at a vineyard & wine tasting experience!

For purchases and inquiries, visit http://www.raphaelwine.com/.

23. I Atelier

Single Strap Hobo Bag | Price upon customization

Go from classic elegance to bohemian chic with this entirely customizable I Atelier bag, hand-crafted by local artisans in NYC’s Garment District. Notable features include signature hardware & detailing, hand painted edges, and suede leather lining with zipper closure.

To purchase, visit www.1atelier.com.

24. Moira Anne Artisan

Hand Crafted Jewelry | $35+

Moira Anne Artisan’s handcrafted jewelry collection consists of special stones and symbols that represent protection, abundance, peace, and enlightenment. Shower your mom in arm candy that evokes positive energy; a fabulous gift choice that you can mix and match for ultimate style.

To purchase, visit www.moiraanne.com.

We hope you love our Mother’s Day favorites as much as we do!

Remembering Carlos Falchi

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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of Carlos Falchi’s passing. Carlos was a long time board member and a beloved friend of the Accessories Council.

A legend in the accessories industry, the Brazilian-born, New York based designer began his career in the late sixties in Greenwich Village. Carlos was renowned for his luxury patchwork designs in various exotic skins; his unique handbags were all hand-sewn in New York City. In 2004, the Accessories Council awarded Carlos with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Carlos’ exquisite work and achievements have left a mark on the industry that will surely not be forgotten.

We are delighted that Carlos’ legacy and company will continue, led by his daughter, designer Kate Falchi.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carlos’ wife Missy and daughters, Juliet and Katie.

Below are some of our favorite moments with Carlos:

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AC Member SARDEiRA Launches New Collection!

SARDEiRA LAUNCHES “AMOR” COLLECTION OF PURE SILVER JEWELRY

A Unique Collection of Fine Jewelry Inspired by a World’s Treasure

“Gorongosa National Park” in Mozambique

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NEW YORK:  SARDEiRA a USA Made fine jewelry collection designed by Carla Marina Sardeira will premier its collection on Friday, March 20th, 2015.  Fine Silver designs set in Sterling Silver, this collection features wildlife that is distinctive to the “Gorongosa National Park” in Mozambique, Carla’s native country.  Powerful images of an African Elephant, a Warthog, a Martial Eagle and a Waterbuck are minted into the assortment of necklaces, earrings and cufflinks.  The collection will range from $560-$685.

Each piece is designed from photographs taken during Carla’s visit to the park. Those images were sculpted and struck to be realistic depictions of the wildlife.  Each medal has a concave image on the front with the “Empowers, Inspires, Celebrates” TM inspirational tagline and signature “S” on back.  The Fine Silver Medal is cased in a Sterling Silver setting, using the finest manufacturing capabilities available today.

Carla has over 20 years of experience as a senior jewelry designer, with many years as a VP of Design for the Joan Rivers Collection.   For the SARDEiRA debut in fine jewelry, Carla has returned to her birthplace and found inspiration from one of the world’s most revered National Parks.  Driven by her passion, the images she has created represent the Resilient, Serene, Free and Priceless wildlife she encountered on her recent visit.  Carla chose these emotional words as representatives in response to her deep connection with these majestic creatures.  Carla is committed to continue to offer unique, high quality, detail oriented pieces with 10% of the proceeds from this collection will benefit preservation efforts.

The collection will be available on www.SARDEiRA.com Follow Carla as she grows her collection and adds new items on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram  @SARDEiRA

 

For Press Inquiries

Karen Giberson

Karen@accessoriescouncil.org

917-647-1868

 

 

 

Accessories Council Presents: “The Retail Track” at Vision Expo East

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Karen Giberson/President of the Accessories Council

The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit trade association, dedicated to helping our members grow their sales.  We have over 250 members and offer multiple events each month to promote our companies.

We know that the retail landscape is changing at a warp speed.  New players are emerging while former pillar brands are crumbling around us.  The Accessories Council believes that to thrive today, companies must be nimble, open to new ideas and to ready reinvent how they operate.

We have dedicated our year to offering educational events to help spark ideas for change.  On April 9, we will host a daylong session in partnership with Wharton.  We will host our first Accessories Summit in partnership with WWD and NPD, on July 27th. Along the way, we will be offering at least one program each month to explore new ways to grow our businesses.  It is in this spirit that we built our program for Vision East.  We have invited a sampling of our most popular and inspiring speakers.

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Frances Cole Jones, author and coach will kick off our day with “10 Things You Can Do Today To Wow Tomorrow”.  Frances shares simple, but highly effective tips on how to present your ideas, sell your products and communicate effectively in our technology loaded world!

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NPD’s Carolyn Cohen’s session, “Inside the Mind of Today’s Changing Consumer” will use statistics to demonstrate the influence of the millennial and boomer.  This date offers great insights on how to appeal to these customers.

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David Jacoby, attorney with Culhane Meadows, will offer a legal perspective in laymen’s terms in his presentation “Navigating New Technology—Real Life Implementation and Implications”. David’s sessions are always filled with thought provoking questions.

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Futurist and Founder of HipGuide, Syl Tang will give us a glimpse of things to come in her presentation “Trends-Fads-Reality: What’s Next?”  Syl has a talent for spotting emerging trends and technologies.  We believe that having an idea of what’s coming can help one make sound decisions today!

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I will present a special session called “What’s Going On in Retail that You Can’t Afford to Miss Out On”.  I will cover ideas that are working at retail today, tricks of the trade and share ideas to grow your business today.

I will be on hand all day to answer questions and look forward to seeing you there!

Accessories Council Members Go MARSALA

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In December, Pantone announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 would be marsala. Marsala is Pantone Shade 18-1438, Pantone describes it as “A naturally robust and earthy wine red.”

We asked our members to send us their products in Pantone’s newest Color of the Year and received an incredible array of accessories in all shades of marsala. Take a look below!

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  • Palter Deliso ‘Vixen’ Pump - $695 – store.palterdeliso.com
  • Bulova ‘Watch’  – $250 – www.bulova.com/en-US
  • Isharya ‘Claw Stud Earrings’ - $48 – www.isharya.com/
  • Julie Vos ‘Baroque Earring’ - $185 – www.julievos.com/
  • Kenneth Jay Lane ‘ Earrings 4672ER‘ - $150 – www.kennethjaylane.com/
  • Les Pieces Uniques c/o Iristocracy ‘#04 Burgundy’- $275 – www.iristocracy.com/
  • Echo Design ‘Polynesian Paisley’ - $38 – www.echodesign.com/

 

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  • Palter Deliso ‘Ritz’ Maryjane Heels - $1,295 – store.palterdeliso.com
  • Matterial Fix ‘Radiant Cutout Pendant’ - $64 – www.matterialfix.com/
  • Matthew Williamson c/o Iristocracy ‘#43 Plum Gradient’ - $395 – www.iristocracy.com/
  • Wittnauer ‘Watch’ - $195 – wittnauer.com/
  • Anne Touraine ‘French Silk Scarf: Accessories’ - $210 – annetouraine.com/

 

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  • Kenneth Cole Reaction ‘Cross Body’ - $105 – www.kennethcole.com
  • Caroline Rocha ‘Pink & Gold’ Bracelet - $159 – carolinerocha.com
  •  Vasi Moda ‘Classic Scarf’ - $360 – www.vasimoda.com/
  • Wittnauer ‘Rose Gold Watch’ - $395 – wittnauer.com/
  • Tura Inc. Eyewear ‘Model R613 - $209 – www.tura.com/
  • HEET ‘Rockstar Exotic Marsala Bracelet’- $250 – shopheet.com
  • JGEREN ‘Walton Wrap Belt’ - $185 – www.jgeren.com/

 

 

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  • JGEREN ‘The Astor’ Bag - $795 – www.jgeren.com/
  • Patricia Underwood BowenHat- $350 – www.patriciaunderwood.com/
  • John Wind Maximal Art Necklace - $59 – www.maximalart.com/
  • Eye Of The Sea ‘Power Red Crystal’ Bracelets with Hamsa & Spiral - $50 – eyeofthesea.com/
  • Theordora & Callum Scarf - $175 – www.theodoraandcallum.com/

For more information on any of the featured items please email jessica@accessoriescouncil.org

 

 

Accessories Council Member, John Wind, Becomes a Permanent Fixture in the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

Release the confetti and throw some glitter for our very own, John Wind.

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John Wind is the creator of Maximal Art. A collection of 10 pieces from the company’s 30 year span has been procured by the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a part of the Costume and Textiles Collection.

Since 1985, John has used Maximal Art to bring his love for fashion and art together. John uses his voice to bring women of all ages whimsical and sassy pieces.  His collections range from playful arm candy full of charm and character, as seen in his charm bar; to timeless pearls, all the way through to chic fashion pieces. Each piece is created with a ‘modern vintage’ twist, so they will be effortlessly on trend with the hint of vintage flair.

In the past 30 years, John Wind has taken Maximal Art all over the world. Throughout the years his pieces have been procured by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and countless exhibitions. The current procurement of Maximal Art was brought on by the latest Patrick Kelly exhibition. Maximal Art was featured in the styling of the models in the vintage Patrick Kelly spreads, which were on display.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art appreciated John’s work and contribution to the community and picked 10 pieces that reflected the last 30 years of Maximal Art. “This honor feels really serendipitous,” says John Wind, “the fact that it’s happening as we go into our 30th year right” he continued. John also appreciates the Philadelphia Museum of Art for making it his first museum in America, but for making the most unique, because its home.

The AC team is so very proud of John and are very lucky to have him a part of the Accessories Council family. We can’t wait to see where else he’ll go!

On Giving Tuesday Here Are Some Holiday Gifts that Give Back!

In the spirit of “Giving Tuesday” take a look at some of our incredible brands that are giving back!

Mujus: This brand creates gorgeous vibrant jewelry that is eco-friendly! Mujus jewelry is all created with organic tagua seeds found in Peru. They use all organic and sustainable raw materials in an effort to preserve the environment! The brand also gives back to communities in Peru and the United States, in Peru they pay fair wages and provide health insurance to their workers as well as working with the surrounding impoverished communities. In the United States Mujus works with the ALS association to raise money for those battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Take a look at their beautiful and bright collection here: www.mujus.com

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Elyse Ryan: Elyse Ryan creates beautiful bracelets that benefits the Easter Seals Gives Back Program. The program allows high school students with disabilities the opportunity to work and create the jewelry for income. Check out Elyse’s bracelets and learn more about this great cause here: http://esgivesback.com/

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 V.I.P. Bands: Leigh Ann Barnes has found a smart and stylish way to give back to some Very Important People, survivors of domestic abuse. Each V.I.P. Band functions as a hair-tie or headband, but the hair-ties are great as bracelets too! Each band is handmade and the women are paid per each band created. Each band is made from recycled handbag leather creating a huge variety for the bands! Take a look and support a GREAT cause here: http://www.vipunlimitedbands.com/

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Vasi Moda: This effortlessly chic collection of scarves is not only beautiful, but 20% of the proceeds from each VASI purchase goes directly to the Vasi Moda Inspiration Fund! The fund donates to multiple cancer research foundations. The 100% Italian silk twill scarves are all hand sewn with a rolled hem and printed in Como, Italy. VASI provides an original collection of prints and patterns as well as a philanthropic meaning behind each purchase! Use the discount code HOLIDAY2014 for 30% off through December 31st! Learn more here: www.vasimoda.com

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Matterial Fix: This socially responsible jewelry brand works with non-profit organizations to empower girls around the world! 10% of every purchase goes towards empowering young girls in impoverished countries such as India and Peru. The collection is earthy and chic with silver and gold tones that are perfect for anyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out the gorgeous collection and learn more about how you can empower young girls today here: www.matterialfix.com

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Enjoy your holiday shopping and get to GIVING BACK!

How To Improve Your Social Media By Creating Better Pictures with Matt Sweetwood

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On Wednesday, October 15th, Matt Sweetwood of Unique Photo presented a seminar on How to Improve Your Social Media By Creating Better Pictures. In his presentation, Matt shared many useful insights into how to successfully use your social media presence to grow your brand. Some key takeaways include:

  • “If you are not using social media every day, you are falling behind one day at a time” Matt stresses quality over quantity, so even if you’re not posting a new item you’re constantly engaging with your audience. All posts should remain authentic to the brand and its target audience.
  • “Treat Social Media Like Dating” With social media, always be in the right frame of mind and be ready to post, react and discuss. Customers will always remember how you interacted with them on social media.
  • The best smartphone does not replace a camera. Most new digital cameras come wifi enabled, so you can instantly send pictures to your phone and upload them to social. Investing in the right equipment can dramatically improve the quality of your pictures and the response to your brand. High quality photos show that you are a high quality brand. Lighting, background and composition are all important when taking pictures.
  • But when in doubt, the best camera is the one you have. Posts with images are more likely to catch readers’ attention than those without.
  • Don’t overdo hashtag use. Too many hashtags clutter your post and makes it look like you’re simply trying to attract more followers. Choose thoughtful and creative hashtags that are relevant to your post and your company.
  • While a high number of followers might not translate directly into sales, a large social media presence is great for buyers to see. It shows that you can encourage your followers to shop in their stores.
  • A special tip given was to post photos to Facebook from Instagram as they are more likely to be promoted in your followers’ timelines. When to post is important too: mid-afternoon is often the best time to reach people, but you should experiment and find out what time works best for your individual audience.

Many thanks to Matt Sweetwood for his engaging presentation! For more on Matt, follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Also follow Unique Photo and visit their website to view their schedule of photography lessons and be sure to follow @AccessoryNews.

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