NEW YORK — The third edition this year of AccessoriesTheShow was an opportunity for buyers to circle back to fill immediate orders for spring and summer and make additional fall purchases.
They shopped the three-day trade fair, which ended Feb. 23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here, for well-priced statement accessories, such as colorful handbags, chunky jewelry and trend-driven legwear, specifically layering pieces and heavy knits. Most brands had seen their key accounts once in New York and during the February show in Las Vegas.
“These markets have been so close together this year and so compact, and so many retailers did so much buying in January and in [Las] Vegas, that people are assessing what they bought and what their needs still are,” said Britton Jones, president and chief executive officer of Business Journals Inc., which produces AccessoriesTheShow.
Tiffany White, co-owner of JPK Paris handbags in Miami, was optimistic about finding new apparel accounts, since the show was sandwiched between Coterie and Moda Manhattan.
“Buyers here are coming to buy fall ready-to-wear,” White said. “So we’re here to try to broaden our base and target those boutiques that are looking beyond rtw for some accessories to supplement their offerings.”
White said her customers “are conservatively confident. Buyers are starting to feel good again, but they are picking and choosing which shows to travel to and how to spend their time and money wisely.”
Some exhibitors said the packed show schedule sapped energy from the latest expo, with buyers spread too thin because of a calendar that saw multiple shows held simultaneously in New York.
“We came to the January show and some of us are coming directly from Las Vegas, so a lot of our people have already written orders by this time,” said Chanel Anderson, a representative for High Fashion handbags, based in North York, Ontario. “Also, this show feels very local. We’re seeing stores from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.”
Anderson said many of the specialty retailers she met gravitated toward the lower-priced elements of the better handbag line, which wholesales for $18 to $135.
Carmella D. Jackson, owner of Virtuous Woman in Newark, Del., said she was slowly recovering from the challenges of 2009 with statement accessories that cost $42 to $400 at retail.
“I’m looking for items that offer more for less,” Jackson said. “But my customers are starting to buy what they like again. The fear is gone and now they’re looking for low-ticket items like jewelry sets and colorful handbags. They’re ready to buy now, but there needs to be the wow factor.”
At Levante USA, vice president of sales John Flynn reported having a stellar showing in Las Vegas, where his buyers clamored for leggings and opaques in a variety of colors.
“Last year’s February show was busy and January in New York was hot, but maybe there’s too much competition in the city,” Flynn said.
First-time exhibitor Marcella Echavarría, founder of New York-based SURevolution, specializes in socially responsible accessories produced by international artisans, and previously met with buyers from labels including Urban Zen and Takashimaya, at a showroom in SoHo. “We’ve found that people are interested in our story and want to know how everything is made,” she said. “There’s a high level of sophistication and awareness from the buyers.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)