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Win Free Booth Space at WWDMAGIC!

Your brand has the chance to win FREE booth space at WWDMAGIC as part of the Accessories Council Showcase!

WWDMAGIC Win a free booth

Do you have something new and exciting that you want to highlight at one of the biggest fashion and accessory trade shows in our industry? Whether you’re a large company that’s launching a new brand or an emerging designer who’s just beginning their collection, you have the chance to win a spot in the Accessories Council Showcase.

The Accessories Council is pleased to offer complimentary space* to 10-12 exhibitors for the Accessories Council Showcase at the WWDMAGIC tradeshow.

To determine who will win the coveted space, the Accessories Council will be accepting applications, which will be reviewed and judged by the Accessories Council board. Once the winners are chosen**, the Accessories Council board will work with you to ensure you make the most of your trade show experience by offering mentoring and prep sessions leading up to the event.

The booth space at the show is free for winning exhibitors, though participants must cover the cost of travel and expenses throughout the week.

To apply or inquire further about the opportunity, please contact Carolyn Godfrey at

Application deadline: Friday, June 7th

Winners notified: Friday, June 14th

*The Accessories Council Showcase will be a mix of 10-12 exhibitors, wherein each exhibitor has a 24” square and 42” high table to showcase their product.

**Winners must be current Accessories Council members.

New Member: House of Murat

The Accessories Council would like to welcome new member, House of Murat!

judith murat, house of murat, fine jewelry, journey into the land of murat

Photos courtesy of Judith Murat.

Judith Murat has always been a part of the fashion community. Early on, Judith began her career as a top model, working for Eileen Ford and William Morris Agency. After 25 successful years in the business and appearing in countless magazines and television spots, Judith decided to transition from being the art to creating the art. Studying classical art at the Chicago Institute of Art and furthering her education at the New York Art Students’ League and The Armory Art Center, she honed her craft.

It was at her first sculpture and portrait art show, held at the Jimmy Barker Gallery, that she had a conversation with an admirer of her work, more specifically a jewelry manufacturer, that would change her life forever. In 1998, Judith Murat changed her concentration from oils on canvas and sculptures to precious gems and 18kt gold. With designs so original and noticeable, Judith Murat was being carried by Saks Fifth Avenue in Palm Beach and Dallas with in a year of its first inception.

judith murat charm bracelet, new butterfly necklace, rubelite necklace, rose ring, graduation gifts

Photos courtesy of Judith Murat.

One year after her introduction to the fashion world as a designer, Judith Murat created House of Murat, based out of her Palm Beach atelier. Extravagant, one of a kind pieces made her a hit in a town known for its charity balls and social soirees. Such high demand for her pieces on the Palm Beach social circuit led her to expand her collection to include men’s accessories, cufflinks, studs, and lapels. Having ventured over to the West Coast in 2006, Judith Murat Fine Jewelry has made a name for itself on red carpets such as the Golden Globes, and has been worn by celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Hudson.

Most recently, Judith Murat has been working on a book entitled, “Judy’s Journey into the Land of Murat.” The gold-leafed hardcover book, co-authored by Charles (Sunny) Castor, tells the tale of a magical journey to the land of Murat, where all of Judy’s inspiration lies.”The fable, which spans across the ocean, seashore,forest and universe, unearths Judith’s gorgeous jewels while inviting readers to learn the meaning of happiness.” Last Thursday night, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Muffie Potter Aston, and Somers Farkas invited Murat’s closest friends and fans to the Alzheimer’s Association’s summer kick-off event to preview the designer’s summer collection, pictured above and available just in time for graduation season, and to toast Murat’s first book. The book was such a success, it nearly sold out by the end of the night!

judith murat,, book signing, house of murat, judy's journey into land of muratPhotos courtesy of 

The book will be sold for $65.00 at independent retailers including The Classic Bookstore, Main Street News, Barzina and The Palm Beach Bookstore in addition to and her website:


Founded in 1998 by Andy Laats and Chad DiNenna after DiNenna’s unsuccessful attempt to find a watch that reflected his personal style, Nixon has grown into a watch and accessories company that spreads itself across multiple genres, ranging from laid back, action sports enthusiasts to high end retailers and specialty boutiques such as Barney’s New York, Fred Segel10 Corso Como, and Henri Bendel. Based out of Encinitas, California, what started as specifically a watch brand has now crossed over into leather goods, apparel, headphones and speakers, and tech cases and covers, proving to be a multifaceted company. Nixon currently operates in over 70 countries world wide, including stand-alone stores in Berkeley, California, Bondi and Melbourne, Australia, and Kuta, Bali.

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Photos courtesy of Nixon‘s Facebook page.

The Nixon team prides itself on delivering a product that “contributes to a single, unified expression: team-designed, custom-built accessories for a life well lived.” The team’s feedback is essential to the brands DNA. Nixon has a team riders who want to discuss design, to function in their sport discipline, to what makes a great watch when traveling constantly and more. There’s no wrong answer when it comes to its team roundtables. The rider’s contributions are essential and they take pride in being a part of the creative process.

With an opening price point of $75, clients can find watches made from various materials such as stainless steel, ceramic, or leather. Innovative dials, displays, and colors help Nixon stand out from its competitors, and true to its mission, allow the watches to do the talking for your personal style.

Constantly having a few fun projects in the queue, Nixon is currently looking forward to launching its first mobile Bluetooth portable and awarding winning speaker, The Blaster. It launches this summer after it was first introduced at January’s CES show, so stay tuned…

New Member: Elizabeth Gillett

The Accessories Council would like to welcome our newest member, Elizabeth Gillett!

elizabeth gillett spring 2013 scarves

 Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Gillett.

Officially founded in 1991, Elizabeth Gillett designs Indian crafted scarves out of her New York City showroom. Inspired at an early age by her Grandmother, an artist, Elizabeth has been creating art through paint and design since the age of 8.

What began as “a variety of ultra-cool 70′s macrame bracelets” that were sold in a local, small town gift shop in Hudson, Ohio has transitioned to a focus on quality scarves, and has successfully evolved into a full-fledged accessories company with global reach. Each piece is designed with a mixture of exclusive prints, hand-woven fabrics, artisan embellishments, novelty textures, and metallic accents.  Elizabeth believes that “a scarf is the ultimate accessory , an outfit changer that brightens the face like a great shade of lipstick and lets us edit what’s show versus what’s covered in an easy, one size, timelessly style-able item.”

Elizabeth Gillett designs are currently sold in department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Von Maur, in catalogs Peruvian Connection and Garnet Hill, online at HSN, and at 750 boutiques worldwide. The company also produces private label scarves for a range of national retailers.

With past features on “Gossip Girl”, “Ugly Betty”, “Desperate Housewives”, and in magazines such as Marie Claire, Vogue, Glamour Instyle, and Lucky its safe to say that Elizabeth Gillett has established herself as a player in the scarf design community!

2013 Hall of Fame: Robin Marino

Last Tuesday evening, the Accessories Council proudly inducted industry leader Robin Marino into its Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Tribute event, which began in 2007, is presented to a proven leader whose business activities significantly contribute to the $30 billion a year accessories market.

Friends, families, and colleagues flocked to 91 Horatio in New York City’s meatpacking district to help honor Robin and her impressive career achievements. In the intimate venue, white linens were topped with monochromatic floral arrangements and delicate white votive candles.

91 Horatio DecorInterior of 91 Horatio, dressed for the Hall of Fame Event

The night paid tribute to Robin’s impressive career. A proven industry leader, Robin is presently the Group President of the Fashion Accessories and Home division of  LF USA. Prior to LF USA, Robin conceptualized and implemented major strategic initiatives as the President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, President and COO of Kate Spade, and SVP of Accessories Worldwide at Burberry.

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Robin accepts her Hall of Fame award

Robin was introduced by Rosemarie Bravo, former President of Burberry, and designer Jonathan Adler, both of whom lit up the room with Robin’s praises.

Robin & guests

Clockwise from top left: Rosemarie Bravo, Jonathan Adler, and honoree Robin Marino / Cornelia Guest and Robin Marino / Robin Marino, Carlos Falchi, and Rosemarie Bravo / Monica Rich Kosann, Jaqui Lividini, and Jonathan Adler

Robin joins past Hall of Fame inductees Elaine Gold of Elaine Gold Enterprises, Mary Belle of The Jones Group, Marge Axelrad of Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine, Dorothy Roberts of Echo Design Group, Ruth Finley of The Fashion Calendar, and Abbey Doneger of the The Doneger Group.

Elaine Gold, Mary Belle, Karen GibersonPast Hall of Fame inductees Elaine Gold and Mary Belle with Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson

The Accessories Council is extremely honored and proud to welcome Robin into our Hall of Fame!

2013 Mother’s Day Gift Picks: Part 3

Mother’s Day is only a little over a week away! For those of you who haven’t had a chance to buy an amazing gift for Mom, we’ve got you covered!

mcm wrap bracelets mother's day top picks 2013

MCM 2013 Armour Collection, and its Armour Double Bracelet, $220, is inspired by the equipments of horsemen who protect European royal family and nobles in the middle ages, namely the shining armors of the great knights. MCM uses snake-embossed pattern to show the chivalry. The powerful snake-embossed pattern is MCM’s new try on its classic Visetos material, decorated with 24K gold plate and gunmetal studs. The whole collection is full of exotic atmosphere. The Armour collection creates unprecedented boldness and personality in MCM history, fully expressing the romantic feeling of dark legends and confidence of knights. The collection includes popular items like backpacks, shoppers, totes, handbags, and bracelets.

roman and sunstone bracelet mother's day 2013 top gift picks

Take a walk on the wild side with this Roman and Sunstone python skin inspired bracelet, $20.  A textured python print inlay is set in gold tone metal.  A functional buckle closure and back hinge allows for an adjustable fit.


sprout watch mothers day top gift picks 2013

The environmentally friendly mom will love this watch, $65, from Sprout! All Sprout watches use biodegradable corn resin, genuine mother of pearl and mercury-free batteries.


jill haber mother's day 2013 top gift picks

Jill Haber is pleased to introduce the JILL HABER Collection of exotic skin handbags. Each original design is meticulously detailed and crafted using the world’s finest python, alligator, lizard, stingray, and ostrich skins. Exclusive hardware made by Italian artisans and exotic woods selected for their organic beauty adds to the uniqueness of each piece. The JILL HABER collection is made by hand in New York City by European trained craftsmen. The JILL HABER collection is a modern interpretation of iconic silhouettes designed to showcase luxury created for today’s global woman who inspires beauty and individual style.

Remember, no matter how big or small your budget is, it’s always the thought that counts when shopping for Mom!

2013 Mother’s Day Gift Picks: Part 1

Last night, the Accessories Council and Alison Lang co-hosted our annual Mother’s Day Gift Event. Among the top picks were watches by Sprout and Armitron, handbags and clutches by Eric Javits and Jill Haber, and fun stacking bracelets by John Wind Maximal Art, Roman & Sunstone, and MCM, to name a few. Attendees were gifted with Steve Madden and Hayden Harnett totes to take home all their Mother’s Day goodies.

Over the next few days we will be showing you our picks for top accessories must haves for every mother this season. Here are today’s looks!

armitron watch

The Armitron 3689 series, $80, includes gold accents, genuine Swarovski crystals, genuine mother of pearl dials, luminous hands and sweep second hands.

 bcbgeneration fedora mother's day 2013 top gift picks

Hit the festivals or the city streets this season with a fresh pop striped fedora from BCBGeneration, $32.


bishop apron mother's day 2013 top gift picks

The fabrics used in Bishop Aprons, $25.95, are 100% cotton. The style is perfect for the feminine body shape as well as slender gentlemen. The black and white fabric is Regency, the natural and black is Calligraphy. Sample size is Regular, which is designed to fit 5’3″ -5’10″ adults. These are available in 4 adult sizes (Petite, Regular, Full and Tall) The straps tie in the back. A velcro neck closure on the neck strap make easy on and off, especially if a lady has a pretty up-do that she does not want to mess up. She can remove the apron without taking it over her head. These aprons are all made in the United States.

carolina rocha top mother's day 2013 picks

100% of the Caroline Rocha signature cuffs, ranging from $159-$219, are made in their studio. Caroline’s team starts by cutting the leather, then Caroline hand paints each and every one. Once the leather is painted, each cuff is adorned with Swarovski crystals; the process of applying the crystals is Caroline Rocha’s little secret, but each one is placed by hand to best accentuate each individual design. No two cuffs are alike.

Stay tuned to see more of our favorite picks for moms this season!

New Member: Mocha Projects

The Accessories Council would like to welcome our newest member, Mocha Projects!

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Established by Katie Morita in 2004, Mocha Projects is a full-service fashion design consulting firm. The company, founded on the premise that “using the best talent and listening to the clients needs are critical to a successful partnership,” offers design services such as trend analysis, conceptual design, accessories design, print design, revitalization of established brands, and new brand launching. Mocha Projects also offers resource recommendations such as material resources, domestic and international manufacturing resources, and technologically advanced resources specifically catered towards the fashion industry.


Photos courtesy of Mocha Projects

Through Katie’s expertise in each step of the design process including; trend analysis, initial product conceptualization, sketching, specing, prototype correcting, material sourcing, and factory placement,  Mocha Projects has been able to consult on design projects for Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, Echo Design, and Uniqlo to name a few.

To have Katie and Mocha Projects consult on your next project visit:

The CMO Club & Accessories Council Fashion Show

This Thursday, April 11th, the Accessories Council will be partnering with The CMO Club to present its first ever Accessories Fashion Show. On Thursday evening at The Plaza Hotel, CMO Club members will be walking down the runway showcasing the latest accessory trends, styled by Founder and Fashion Director of Alison Lang Style and long-time celebrity stylist, Alison Lang. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson, and with a final grace down the runway by Evie Evangelou, the face and leader of cultural diplomacy and founder of Fashion 4 Development, this catwalk is guaranteed to be entertaining!

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Accessories Council Member, Rebecca Minkoff, Spring/Summer 2013

Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to find out which accessories will be featured on the runway!