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Your #ACTopPicks For Valentine’s Day!

The Accessories Council hosted their annual Valentine’s Day Press Preview on January 18th at the stunning Roman & Sunstone showroom. The preview featured seventeen brands who showed us their top gifting picks for Valentine’s Day. We made a gift guide featuring our #ACTopPicks so not matter who you are shopping for this Valentine’s Day, we have the perfect gift to help you win their heart.

The Valentine On-the-Go

Is your Valentine always on the go? These gifts will not only make her smile, but will be used for her jet-setting adventures, or running around the town.

MOVING LOCATIONS: Nothing makes a long layover happier than a visit to XpressSpa! Located at over 56 airports around the world, treat her to a massage, manicure or buy her one of their spa approved products, such as a comfy neck pillow. Pair it with the Golden Glow Face Mask to keep her ‘glow’-ing at all times.

TRAVEL IN STYLE: Fashionable and sturdy, a Deux Lux weekender bag is a must for the girl on the go! Deux Lux handbags are also good for the earth, made of vegan leather and sustainably and ethically sourced, this bag shows love to more than just the recipient.

BE FASHIONABLY PREPARED: It can be hard to pack exactly the right accessories for every outfit. With StyleString, you will never be without a fabulous accessory. This eco-conscious leather accessory can be worn as a bracelet, belt, necklace, headband OR as a bag, hat or shoe accessory. Unlimited styling and three color choices make this is ultimate accessory for the girl who is constantly packing and repacking.

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The Fashion Forward Valentine

The stylish Valentine can be tricky to shop for. She’s on top of the latest trends, has impeccable taste and knows exactly what she likes. The essentials to any great outfit are handbags & eyewear. Follow our guide and we promise that even the savviest lady will be thanking you (and will be the envy of all her Instagram followers).

HANDBAG (for day): A python handbag is an absolute essential to any “it” girl’s closet. Ximena Kavalekas creates luxurious, Italian made handbags and at a price that will make you smile too! This bag has everything you expect in a luxury item. The soft, authentic feel of python combined with an array of bright and metallic colors make this a high-end bag, at an affordable price point.

HANDBAG (for night): This pink, Edie Parker clutch and heart key charm will fit right in on Valentine’s Day and will be a great conversation piece all year round. The perfect size for your iPhone, and with a mirror already built in, you’ll be set for whatever Valentine’s Day eve brings your way. The charm can be used to show a little love to all your handbags! Clip it on and bring the love with you, no matter what handbag you’re sporting!

EYEWEAR: Every fashion forward girl needs great eyewear to complete their look. If you struggle with finding eyewear that stays on your face, we have the perfect solution for you! Covry glasses not only come in amazing colors and shapes, but they’re designed to not slip. Covry created the Elevated Fit® featuring longer nose pads, a reduced frame curvature and a narrowed nose bridge, making them both functional and stylish.

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For Your Gal-entine

It’s not all about couples this Valentine’s Day. Make sure to show your bestie some love! Sometimes, the best Valentine’s are spent with your girlfriends and nobody knows you better than your gals! Follow our gifting tips to make sure you and your gal-entine have a day filled with the love of friendship (and some great accessories).

BOW DOWN: You know your bestie is a Queen but make sure you always remind her with this great necklace from AARYAH. If she’s a got a big job interview, date, or presentation, this bracelet will instantly make her feel like the powerhouse she is, and will remind her that no matter what, she’s got you in her corner. Complete her look with a gorgeous cuff and matching ear jackets!

WRAP HER ALL UP: Help your friend get in the Valentine’s spirit with a cashmere Piccolo New York scarf. We chose these great red colors and that will keep her both warm and happy in the cold months. These eye-catching scarves can be used to hail a cab, or tied onto a bag to give it a perfect pop of color.

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A Modern Twist On Classic Valentine’s Gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give your Valentine but want to do a little more than roses and chocolate, we’ve got the perfect way to add some 2017 flair into the classic Valentine’s gifts.

A NEW FAVORITE CLUTCH: Get her the perfect bag for her next night out, or brunch date. This iridescent clutch from Jill Haber pairs with absolutely everything and changes color as the light hits it. It’s the perfect size to fit all of her essentials, but not too big that it verges on a tote. She can use this to dress up her Little Black Dress when you take her out for a Valentine’s Day dinner!

GET FIT TOGETHER: Trying to uphold a New Year’s Resolution and spend time together as a couple? SWITCH PLAYGROUND is a revolutionary total-body workout. The SWITCH Playground incorporates cutting-edge fitness technology with state-of-the-art facilities, lighting and sound. The best part, you take the class in teams of two! SWITCH work outs are partner based so you can motivate each other, have fun and bond, all while getting fit.

GET HER SPARKLING: Bring a little Brooklyn chic to your Valentine with this stunning bracelet and shades from Freida Rothman. These pieces from the Rose D’Or collection, which combines modern elegance and femininity, is the perfect way to let your Valentine know how radiant she is. These timeless pieces will make her happy the minute she opens them.

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Don’t Forget The Parents

They were probably your first Valentine and as you’ve grown up, your Mom or Dad always remember to call you and remind you they love you. So, don’t forget to send a little love to your parents!

MAKE IT PERSONAL: Spell out her name, your initials, your special place, or anything else with these customizable necklaces from Capsul Jewelry. You can choose from gold, silver or rose gold coating so you can make sure you’ll get Mom’s preferred metal. Capsul Jewelry also has the option of uploading your own handwriting and having it 3D printed to make a necklace. Mom will beam with joy when she sees your handwriting spelling out “I love you” on a gorgeous golden chain.

EVERYDAY CHIC: Celebrate Mom with an amazing new pair of earrings and matching bracelet. This trend right pearl set from Roman & Sunstone will help spice up outfits and will become her new favorite go-to piece. They’re also a great look at a price that your wallet will appreciate.

FOR DAD: Has your Dad been carrying around that same brown leather brief case since 1980? While parting with a loved accessory can be painful, we promise Dad will have no reservations once he sees this gorgeous, sleek black bag from Darby Scott. He’ll love showing this off to all his friends and you’ll feel great knowing your turning your Dad into the envy of the office and the LIRR.

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 For the Valentine That Has Everything

Are you seriously stumped? Never fear! These three gifts are something everybody loves and wants.

THE CARD: Nothing says “I care” more than something unique and handmade. These one of a kind cards from Brooklyn based artist Tamara Garvey Illustrations come in cute, sassy and silly for every type of personality. You’ll also feel good knowing you’re buying local.

SUGAR: What’s Valentine’s Day without some candy?? We promise that all your sugar-infused dreams will be fulfilled at Sugar Factory. From their signature lollipops, as sported by the Kardashians and other celebrities, to their walls of gummies, there is something from every sweet tooth. Oh, and if you’re craving a drink, their signature candy cocktails come served up in giant goblets. This candy store also features a restaurant, so you can combine candy and a fun night out!

YOUR FURRY VALENTINE: Let’s be honest, if you have a pup, it’s likely they’re your #1 Valentine. Zoomies, a dog-centric store in the West Village has everything you need for your little Valentine. From yummy dog biscuits, to harnesses, to dog tags, we promise that your furry friend will leave happy.

For the valentine that has everything

For more information on any of these brands, click HERE to download our Valentine’s Day Press Kit!

The Doneger Group & Accessories Council Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Accessories Council was proud to unveil The Doneger Group/Accessories Council Classroom at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on December 13th at its Annual Open Board Meeting. Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Fashion Institute of Technology President; Abbey Doneger, The Doneger Group President and CEO and Karen Giberson, Accessories Council President, were on site for a ribbon cutting for the classroom designed for students of the accessories program. The funds for the classroom were raised by both proceeds from the Accessories Council Hall of Fame, which honored Abbey Doneger, and the 2015 ACE Awards Tribute Edition Journal.

The state-of-the-art classroom includes movable desks and chairs so the room can be set up in any style and desk tops that prop up to become drawing/drafting boards for traditional art classes. The classroom also features many hi-tech advancements such as Macbook Air lap tops, a printing and scanning station in the room so students can draw, scan, digitize and print their work in one room, creative Interactive Pen Display monitors with Mac Pro computers and a state-of-the-art projector, LED HD TV and sound system for presentations.

Karen Giberson said “The Doneger Group and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) have been long time friends and collaborators of the Accessories Council.  We are very proud of our partnership and this classroom is the product of many hours of work and support from our board, our Hall of Fame events and a portion of our ACE Journal proceeds.”

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Read about how Marie Claire’s Editor-In-Chief, Anne Fulenwider, prepared for the ACE Awards with her busy schedule! She sure does know how to Get Things Done!

Anne Fulenwider accepted the Media Award for Marie Claire at the 20th Annual ACE Awards on August 2nd, 2016. Read about how Fulenwider juggled meetings and layout reviews while prepping  just a few hours before the big event.

Fulenwider also moderated a conversation with Ivanka Trump at the first annual Accessories Council SUMMIT in 2015.

Click here to read the article in The Cut:

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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.

Items 17-24 Mothers Day(Z)

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!

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 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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Requirements:

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

-Superb writing skills

-Strong communication skills

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

-Photoshop skills are a plus

-Ability to multi-task

-Must be punctual

Responsibilities:

-Contribute to Accessories Council blog postings

-Assistance at our various events

-Follow-Up phone calls for various events

-Research

-Basic office maintenance tasks

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

Brighten Up The First Day of School with #Back2Kipling!

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

Megan Nicole with Kipling

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

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

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

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!