“Sometimes an outfit is the accessories,” says Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for The NPD Group. Don’t agree? Just ask New Yorkers if there’s a difference between a Yankees ball cap and a Red Sox one. The accessories business may be the profit center for women’s design houses, but it’s becoming increasingly important to men’s wear too. Its ascendancy prompted NPD to start tracking the category this past spring and the initial readings yielded some surprising results. Below, the top 10 men’s accessories categories ranked by dollar sales.
1. Casual watches First-quarter 2007 dollar share: 12 Percent
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"