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FDRA presents: Omnisourcing in an Omnichannel World

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

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



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Overview From FDRA:

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

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

Other highlights:

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

Overview from Mr. Mohan:

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

There are multi-opportunities to develop business in India:

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

Important facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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!

P1010804Next Generation Awards 2015.

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 (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!

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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

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

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

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

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

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,,, or

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 –
  • Bulova ‘Watch’  – $250 –
  • Isharya ‘Claw Stud Earrings’ - $48 –
  • Julie Vos ‘Baroque Earring’ - $185 –
  • Kenneth Jay Lane ‘ Earrings 4672ER‘ - $150 –
  • Les Pieces Uniques c/o Iristocracy ‘#04 Burgundy’- $275 –
  • Echo Design ‘Polynesian Paisley’ - $38 –


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


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




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

For more information on any of the featured items please email



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.


-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


-Contribute to Accessories Council blog postings

-Assistance at our various events

-Follow-Up phone calls for various events


-Basic office maintenance tasks

To apply for this opportunity please send your cover letter and resume to

All About Dad! Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

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

Check out our favorites here:

David & Young

Men’s Fedora l $24-40
David and Young Fedoras

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

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

Dr. Scholl’s

Jason Oxfords l $120


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

To purchase visit or


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

esquire shirts and ties

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

To purchase visit

J. Fold

Stone Collection Folding Card Carrier l $59.50

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

 To purchase visit,, or Also available at finer specialty stores.


Oliver Peoples “Becket Sunglasses” l $365


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

Visit to find your nearest Ilori location.

Jack + Mulligan

Dylan Dopp Kit l $70

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

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


Nighthawk Travel Compression Socks l $35

Soxxy Nighthawk Socks

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

To purchase visit

Vince Camuto

Vince Camuto Homme Eau de Toilette l $57-70

Vince Camuto Homme


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

To purchase visit or your local Macy’s store.

Vasi Moda

Silk Pocket Square l $105

Vasi Moda

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

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

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

Spring is in the Air

Mother Nature has finally given us a little taste of spring, and we cannot wait to officially be able to break out our favorite Spring 2014 accessories!

From fun prints to vibrant colors, the handbag and small leather goods assortment this season is to die for! As for jewelry, we’ve transitioned from large statement pieces to delicate, pretty layering necklaces, bracelets, and rings for a softer more polished look.  And while we’ll always love our sky high heels, we are so excited to see a fabulous assortment flats and mid-height stacked heels!

Take a look at some of the looks we’re coveting this season:

Spring 2014 Satchel

Photographed from left to right: Henri Bendel ‘Carlyle Blocked Barrel’; Rebecca Minkoff ‘Cupid Satchel’; Tory Burch ’797 Medium Satchel’. Photos courtesy of Henri Bendel, Rebecca Minkoff, and Tory Burch.

Spring 2014 Sandals

Photographed from left to right: Valentino ‘Rock Stud’ Sandal; Jack Rogers ‘Liliana’ Sandal; Kate Spade ‘Fab’ Sandals. Photos courtesy of Valentino, Jack Rogers, and Kate Spade.

Spring 2014 Wallets

Photograhped from left to right: Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mason’ Wallet; Kate Spade ‘Cobble Hill Lacey’ Wallet; MCM ‘Mina’ Wallet. Photos courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade, and MCM.

Spring 2014 Rings

Photographed from left to right: Jennifer Zeuner ‘Double Band’ Ring; Matterial Fix ‘Lace Stacking Rings’, Jennifer Zeuner ‘Celine’ Ring. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Zeuner and Matterial Fix.

Spring 2014 Small Crossbody Bags

Photographed from left to right: Henri Bendel ‘West 57th’ Crossbody; Vince Camuto ‘Julia’ Crossbody; Tory Burch ‘Robinson Perforated’ Crossbody. Photos courtesy of Henri Bendel, Vince Camuto, and Tory Burch.

Spring 2014 Barely There Bracelets

Photographed from left to right: Jennifer Zeuner ‘Stacy 3 Diamond’ Bangle; Sydney Evan ‘Yellow Gold & Diamond Dream’ Bracelet; Pico Designs ‘Open Kiss’ Cuff. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Zeuner, Sydney Evan, and Pico Designs.

Spring 2014 Flats

Photographed from left to right: Kate Spade ‘Gabe’ Flats; Valentino ‘Rock Stud’ Espadrilles; Rebecca Minkoff ‘Frankie’ Flats. Photos courtesy of Kate Spade, Valentino, and Rebecca Minkoff.

Spring 2014 Totes

Photographed from left to right: MCM ‘Shopper Project’ Tote; Kate Spade ‘Capris Espadrilles’ Tote; Henri Bendel ‘E/W ‘ Tote. Photos courtesy of MCM, Kate Spade, and Henri Bendel.

Spring 2014 Barely There Necklaces

Photographed from left to right: Alex Woo ‘Elephant’ Necklace; Sydney Evan ’14k Gold Pure Love’ Necklace; Jennifer Zeuner ‘Mia’ Necklace. Photos courtesy of Alex Woo, Sydney Evan, and Jennifer Zeuner.

Spring 2014 Large Crossbody Bags

Photographed from left to right: Tory Burch ‘Jane’ Crossbody; Kate Spade ‘Cobble Hill Little Minka’ Crossbody; MCM ‘Elda’ Crossbody. Photos courtesy of Tory Burch, Kate Spade, and MCM.

Spring 2014 Heel Sandals

Photographed from left to right: Tory Burch ‘Carolyn’ Wedge; Rebecca Minkoff ‘Ian’ Sandals; Vince Camuto ‘Medow’ Sandal. Photos courtesy of Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, and Vince Camuto.


How will you be accessorizing once spring is in full force?




A Little Green Goes a Long Way!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve decided to pick out our favorite green accessories. With so many different shades to choose from, we will definitely be having fun mixing and matching green into our wardrobe this season!

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Photographed from left to right: Ela Rae ‘Sofi Peridot Earrings’; Kate Spade ‘Charles Street Kensington Handbag’; Charming Charlie ‘As the Romans’ Watch. Photographs courtesy of Ela Rae, Kate Spade, and Charming Charlie.

St. Patrick's Day Accessories 2

Photographed from left to right: Echo Design ‘Garden Paisley’ Silk Scarf; Rebecca Minkoff ’5 Zip’ Clutch; Isharya ‘Mohawk’ Ring. Photographs courtesy of Echo Design, Rebecca Minkoff, and Isharya.

St. Patrick's Day Accessories 3

Photographed from left to right: Matterial Fix ‘Floral Statement Necklace’; Valentino ‘Rock Stud Ballerinas’; Andrew Hamilton Crawford ‘Scroll Bangle.’ Photographs courtesy of Matterial Fix, Valentino, and Andrew Hamilton Crawford.


What accessories will you be wearing to make your friends green with envy this St. Patrick’s Day?

Purchase Your Tickets for the Accessories Council and Henri Bendel Shopping Soiree and Silent Auction Now!


Join the Accessories Council and Henri Bendel on Tuesday, March 4th for a night of shopping, bidding, and mingling!

Accessories Council and Henri Bendel Shopping Soiree Items

This year’s auction items include the ‘Little Vegas Club’ Necklace and “Little Vegas Spade and Heart’ Earrings by Alex Woo, the ‘Exotic Silver Metallic Ring Lizard Clutch’ by Monica Rich Kosann, the ‘Cupid Satchel’ by Rebecca Minkoff, a surprise hatbox filled with fabulous Henri Bendel accessories!

Other brands to be on the look out for at the silent auction include John Varvatos, Echo Design Group, Minnie Rose, Boy Meets Girl x Roman Luxe, Vince Camuto, Swarovski, Stella and Dot, Soxxy, Vita Fede, Sydney Evan, Kara Ross, Kenneth Jay Lane, Eric Javits, Bulgari, Alexis Bittar, Edie Parker, Gerard Yosca, John Wind, One Love Organics, Nancy Gonzaelz, MCM, and many more!

Where: 712 5TH Avenue, New York, NY 10019

When: 6pm-8pm



Win Free Holiday Pop-Up Shop Space from Storefront and the W Hotel San Francisco!

Now through December 10th, Storefront and the W Hotel San Francisco are offering 8 brands, artists, or designers the chance to win FREE booth space at the W Hotel Holiday Pop-Up Shop! The event will be held at W San Francisco MIXX lounge, 181 Third Street on Wednesday, December 18th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Not only will the 8 lucky winners enjoy free Pop-Up Shop space, but each one can expect to receive expert advice and support on retail design for the event, along with complimentary promotion, shopping bags with goodies, and pop-up insurance protection!  To apply for a chance to win, submit your application at

Storefront’s mission is to make retail accessible to any brand, large or small. Storefront allows access to hundreds of fabulous, short-term lease properties nationwide, and provides general liability insurance, marketing and promotion, education and access to Pop-Up experts, and amazing customer support to each of its customers. Whether your brand is looking for one day, one week, or one month rentals, Storefront will have the perfect, high foot traffic option for you. Put the days of being an online-only brand in the past, and break into the off-line retail scene!

Be sure to keep an eye out for more exciting events to come from Storefront next year!

For more information on Storefront visit

2013 ACE Awards Recap

Yet another ACE Awards has come and gone and we are still trying to get over how stunning the night was! From the Swarvoski details in each center piece to the perfectly lit room and the glamorous people filling it, the only word we can use to describe the event was perfection!

2013 ACE Awards Cipriani 42nd Street


Once again, congratulations to all of our honorees!

Brand of the Year: Alexis Bittar
Specialty Retailer : charming charlie
Business Visionary: Diane Sullivan, Brown Shoe Company
Marylou Luther Journalism Award : Hamish Bowles
Hall of Fame: Iman
Influencer: Kate Young
Digital Influencer: Leandra Medine
Omni-Channel Retailer : Nordstrom
Distinguished Style : Olivia Palermo
Designer of the Year: Phillip Lim
Breakthrough Award : rag & bone
Style Ambassador : Stacy Keibler
Legacy Award : The Frye Company (celebrating 150 years)
Retail Innovation : Warby Parker

For those of you that were not able to attend this year, we’ve decided to give you a behind the scenes look at all things 2013 ACE Awards!

2013 ACE Awards 1

Photographed from left to right: Larry Tarica and Tommy Hilfiger; Rebecca Minkoff and Jamie Nordstrom; Alexis Bittar and Joan Collins.

2013 ACE Awards 2

Photographed from left to right: Hamish Bowles and Tory Burch; Charlie Chanaratsopon and Eva Chen; Kate Young and Jason Wu.

2013 ACE Awards 3

Photographed from left to right: Leandra Medine and Danielle Snyder; David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal; Oliva Palermo.

2013 ACE Awards 4

Photographed from left to right: Kate Lanphear and Phillip Lim; David Neville, Andrew Rosen, and Marcus Wainwright.

2013 ACE Awards 5

 Photographed from left to right: Hal Rubenstein and Iman; Stacy Keibler and Naeem Khan; Diane Sullivan.

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year, can you?

Do You Want to Be Featured at Our Holiday Press and Shopping Event?

Does your brand have the must-have gift item for this holiday season? If so, we want to feature you at our





The Accessories Council is once again inviting top fashion bloggers, social media personalities, and traditional short-lead press to preview our favorite gift items for the upcoming holiday season!
And, for the first time ever, we’re hosting a special day that’s open to the public for holiday shopping!
On night one, members of the press will gather at The Manhattan House to enjoy cocktails and light bites while Accessories Council president, Karen Giberson, and special guest co-host, Lilliana Vazquez, present the Accessories Council’s top holiday gift items.Lilliana Vazquez is a style expert who is changing the way women shop cheaply and chicly. As founder and creative director of, she gives frugal fashionistas a daily place to find advice, deals and inspiration. She is a contributor to the “Today” show, “Access Hollywood,” “E! News” and the “Rachael Ray Show,” and has made more than 500 appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, E!, Bravo and The Style Network. Lilliana will be on hand to showcase the Accessories Council top gift picks and offer advice on how to stay budget friendly this holiday season!
Attending press will receive item details (product name, price, and where to buy) to share on their social media platforms to help raise consumer awareness for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Coverage from our previous press events in 2013 has generated hundreds of thousands of impressions. And, #ACTOPPICKS, our official press event hashtag, has reached top trending status on Twitter after each press event!
Then, on day two, participating brands will have the opportunity to set up a table in The Manhattan House Lobby to sell their collections to residents and guests!


DAY ONE: Holiday Press Event

Tuesday, November 19th 

6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Manhattan Club at The Manhattan House


DAY TWO: Holiday Shopping Day

Wednesday, November 20th 

11:00am – 7:00pm

The Manhattan House Lobby

 Accessories Council Member participation fee: $2000*

Non-member participation fee: $2500*

All participating brands are also required to contribute fifty (50) 

of the chosen item to gift to attending press.**

If your brand is interested in participating, please contact Carolyn for more details!


*Single-day opportunities also available. Please inquire.*

**Some exceptions may apply.** 

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win Free WWDMagic Booth Space!

Your brand has the chance to win FREE booth space at WWDMAGIC as part of the 

Accessories Council Showcase!

February 18th – 20th

Las Vegas Convention Center

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 trade show.

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 of Directors. Once the winners are chosen**, the Accessories Council board will work with you to ensure you make the most of your tradeshow 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, November 8th 

 *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.**

 Click here to download your application!

The Technology Industry and the Fashion World: A Conversation with Syl Tang

Syl Tang Hip Guide

Yesterday, Tuesday, October 8th,  the Accessories Council had the pleasure of teaming up with Syl Tang, futurist and founder of Hip Guide, for a discussion regarding what to expect in the future from a technological standpoint and how to integrate these amazing technologies into the accessories market. As a futurist, it is Syl’s job to evaluate global trends and world events and to create a strategy that will allow them to be applied effectively to the business world. Major companies have relied on Syl’s expertise to devise marketing strategies for products that have previously been believed to be impossible to create including the first frozen alcohol and the first mineral make up product.  The key to success for each of the companies she has worked with has been that they saw the opportunity to exploit the trend and in turn applied it to their business strategy.

You may be wondering how world events affect the fashion world and how seeing an opportunity and demand can change the landscape of the marketplace. According to Syl, the perfect example of this is how the exotic skin industry changed and adapted after Hurricane Katrina. With widespread damage to many of our domestic exotic skin and feathers there was now a need for a viable solution to still have the ability to fulfill the consumer demands in the exotics market. At the time, the quality of faux fur was below par so without the natural resources readily available to them, fashion product development teams worked to create faux fur that had a texture and quality to it that would allow the garments to rival traditional fur pieces.

Today, we see the use of microcomputing at the forefront of the technology world. Watches such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Pebble, and Metawatch watches are already available. With the wrist being arguably the most valuable space on the body for accessories, if the Accessories industry does not work to claim its ground in this area, high end watch retailers may eventually become obsolete especially given the fact that we very well may see cellphone features integrated into wrist watch capabilities. Microcomputing is not just exclusive to watches and can be expected to be seen in many different fashion pieces and even in other industries. According to Syl, thanks to microcomputing eventually we can expect to see cars that drive themselves to be the standard and take you to your destination just through voice recognition. These cars will also recognize if the driver is not the car owner and if so will require a password in order for the car to function. Another technology for accessories developers to consider is the gyroscope.  Although the technology is still a work in progress, Syl estimates that if gyroscopes are embedded into every pair of shoes, the output of 2 watts generated per hour and an average of 5 hours of walking per day by 10 million people could save us $36.5 million in energy costs. Designers must realize that the cost of incorporating these technologies is actually relatively low especially when it is compared to the potential lost profits if the company does not evolve with the ever changing fashion world.

Although some of the topics that were touched on today seemed as though they were far-fetched and impossible to be a concept that will be integrated into fashion and accessories in the near future, we must all remember that ten years ago no one would have ever believed that we would be using cellular devices that would reply with a legitimate and accurate answer when asked a question, or that automobile technology would allow manufacturers to create models with the ability to self-park. Many technologies that will filter into the accessories market are already being used today, and if our industry does not start researching how it can develop prototypes that include these technologies, eventually tech developers will capitalize on the market and push out the fashion developers. Syl’s advice to the Accessories community is to not get stuck on the “how”, and to focus on the “what if.” As long as a company can come up with an innovative idea that will integrate technology into its fashion product, Syl can teach them the steps on how to make the product not only function, but function well.

Stay tuned to see what future technologies Syl predicts will eventually be at the forefront of the fashion industry!