From bow ties to bracelets, the latest crop of accessories designers are showing both whimsical and elegant wares. — Fashion Editor: Shoshanna Fischhoff
Frieda & Nellie
Backstory: While Sarah Reid, 29, left, and Stacy Herzog, 24, share a love of reworking vintage jewelry — “taking apart old pieces and creating new ones,” as Herzog says — their own collection sprang from bona fide fashion roots. Reid trained as a sportswear designer at Philadelphia University and has worked as a sleepwear and lingerie designer in New York City for six years, while Herzog worked in licensed accessories design for two years after graduating from FIT. Best friends, the pair began dissembling Ecuadoran braided bracelets in the fall and incorporating their grandmothers’ old jewelry into the braids. When Frieda and Nellie’s old jewelry ran out, the pair ventured to flea markets. “We wanted to find pieces that were incredible, like the ones our grandmothers had given us,” says Herzog.
Collection: Remember those friendship bracelets you and your new bff wove — and then traded — in crafts class at summer camp? Think edgier and more detailed: The collection’s bracelets and necklaces are worked from embroidered thread and brass, gold, silver, plastic, crystals — “anything and everything that we can find and love,” Herzog explains.
Stats: Wholesale prices range from $30 to $100, and pieces are available on Friedaandnellie.com.
— Sarah Haight
Backstory: Sisters Romaana Zia, 30, left, and Saifra Zia, 34, both took the corporate route to design — Saifra at Fashion Express and Romaana at Coach. Yet their college degrees in psychology, management and finance aren’t their only assets; there’s also a family background in handbags. Their father is a textile designer who once manufactured his own line of bags. Their collection “was the culmination of a lifelong dream by Saifra and I to start our own business, fueled by our family history,” Romaana says.
Collection: Romaana describes their motivation for designing as “an inherent desire to stay fashionable among a sea of black suits.” To that end, the New York-produced line consists of genuine leathers, tanned using sustainable materials, lined with organic cotton and worked with Riri zippers. Romaana calls the collection an example of “eco-luxury.”
Stats: Wholesale prices range from $195 to $410; the line is sold on Nylanoor.com.
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