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AT THE INAUGURAL PREMIERE SHOW, AN ECLECTIC BATCH OF ACCESSORIES WAS TROTTED OUT IN FRONT OF TREND-HUNGRY RETAILERS.<P>For buyers craving creative fashion accessories, the inaugural edition of the Premiere show was the place to be during the April...

AT THE INAUGURAL PREMIERE SHOW, AN ECLECTIC BATCH OF ACCESSORIES WAS TROTTED OUT IN FRONT OF TREND-HUNGRY RETAILERS.

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For buyers craving creative fashion accessories, the inaugural edition of the Premiere show was the place to be during the April market at AmericasMart.

Distinct materials, design and construction were everywhere. This and That, for example, showed its Taxi Totes, which are handbags made of colorful vinyl seating sourced from taxicab seat factories in India. The totes, which wholesale between $25 and $47, come in three sizes and 14 different color combinations.

This and That also produces scarves and shawls produced from embroidered wool, silk chiffon and iridescent silk, priced from $65 to $200 wholesale. Wool fragment shawls incorporate pieces of antique shawls hand-embroidered in Kashmir in the 19th century. From France, the Abaco line of purses and backpacks, distributed by New York-based Jerry Kohn Inc., adds a new, creative twist to the basic bag: Each of the line’s seven different shapes is reversible. The company uses 14 different materials that change seasonally, including nylon, gingham, denim tweed and wool. Wholesale prices range from $39 to $92.

The Premiere show was also successful for the Manuel Canovas line of sportswear and accessories, said U.S. representative Patricia Ratout. “We had a very good week and opened many new accounts,” Ratout said. “The average entry-level order was $6,000 to $7,000, which is quite high.”

Among the company’s unique accessories offerings were feather-fringe-trimmed bags and coordinating galoshes and tote bags made from laminated fabrics. “Each of our fabrics is original,” Ratout said. “We design them in the studio and print them ourselves.”

On the jewelry front, the focus shifted from trendy to timeless, at least for Rhode Island-based manufacturer John Medeiros. Designs are crafted from colored cubic zirconia set in white metal, a lightweight tin alloy plated with rhodium and 14-karat gold. Wholesale prices are $18 to $55 for the majority of the line.