Category Archives: Handbags

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!

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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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

 

 

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 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.

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Alex and Ani Cinnamon Sideshow Set of 5Photo courtesy of Alex and Ani.

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

Echo Design Fiji Beach Tote

Photo courtesy of www.echodesign.com.

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

Kate Spade Pilar Flats

Photo Couresty of www.katespade.com.

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

Lia Sophia Aragon Necklace

Photo courtesy of Lia Sophia.

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

Eric Javits SquisheePhoto courtesy of Eric Javits.

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

Kotur NY Large Levin Mulit ClutchPhoto courtesy of KOTUR.

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

Lost Wax Studio Necklace Black Diamond PendantPhoto courtesy of Lost Wax Studio.

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

Hammitt Getty F

Photo courtesy of Hammitt.

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

Palter Deliso Fancy Ivory Floral PumpPhoto courtesy of Palter Deliso.

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

Winding Roads Ring SetPhoto courtesy of Charming Charlie.

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

Tory Burch York Buckle TotePhoto courtesy of Tory Burch.

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

Valentino Rock Stud SandalPhoto courtesy of Valentino.

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?

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

charming charlie precious petals strech bracelet mother's day

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

Hayden Harnett Sandrine Satchel Mother's Day

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

Ritani Diamond Sunflower Gray Leather Bracelet Mother's Day

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

summerskin endless summer scarf mothers day

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

roman and sunstone preppy pearl necklace mothers day

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

Matterial Fix Bangle Aqua Mother's Day

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

Stella & Max All I Need Clutch Mother's Day

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

Vasi Moda NEO CLASSIQUE I scarf Mother's Day

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

Pico Design Laser Cut Heart Pendant Mother's Day

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

olivia + joy wristlet mother's day

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

Isharya Blue Lapis Goddess Fringe Hoop Earrings

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

Iristocracy Wayfarers Matthew Williamson Mother's Day

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

Minnie Rose Ruana Mother's Day

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

stella & dot

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

lia sophia wayfarer necklace mother's day

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

adrienne landau fox fur keychain mother's day

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).

X by Trollbeads

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!