By  on September 13, 2011

PARIS — In a sign of the times, bracelets sporting uplifting symbols or messages were among key items in the spring collections presented at the accessories and jewelry trade shows, Premiere Classe and Eclat de Mode-Bijorhca. The events ran Sept. 3 to 6 and Sept. 2 to 5, respectively, at the Portes de Versailles here.

Visitor numbers at Premiere Classe and sister apparel show Who’s Next increased 6 percent to 48,778 versus the equivalent session in 2010. Foreign buyers represented 32 percent of total visitors, versus 34 percent last September. The shows saw an 11 percent uptick in French visitors; however, the number of German and U.S. buyers declined significantly, by 33.5 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively.

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