Accessories remain one of the fashion world’s hottest categories, and there are plenty of new trends on tap to keep even the most discerning accessories aficionado happy.
While seasons past have witnessed the dominance of one hot style — hoop earrings, for example — summer and early fall offerings include a variety of styles.
Among the most prevalent are gypsy- and bohemian-inspired looks, as well as natural shapes and beads. Much of the inspiration in accessories is coming from recent trends in ready-to-wear and from nature, vendors said.
Floral prints, always popular for spring and summer, remain a strong theme for the coming season.
On the handbags front, denim, which never quite made a huge mark in accessories, looks to be on the wane and lace also seems to be fading in favor of more traditional bag fabrics, including leather and suede.
The belt category remains strong, with many new takes on tap, including studded looks and fringe, big buckles and tooling.
In jewelry, turquoise, mother-of-pearl and coral can be found in many new offerings. Droopy, dangling earrings are one of the most important trends in the category and are available across a variety of price points.
While WWDMAGIC is geared toward showcasing products for the fall, many accessories vendors said they plan to offer summer and immediate deliveries in addition to some early fall styles.
Here, a roundup of some of the newest trends on the scene.
A new player in wholesale handbags is Benetton. The Italian company, which also owns the Sisley label, is offering bags for both labels through its U.S. handbag distributor, New York-based Jerry Kohn Inc., starting with the fall season.
“We are trying to hit a range of customers with a variety of styles,” said Michelle Rosen, a brand manager for Jerry Kohn.
Sisley carries a higher price tag with wholesale prices between $25 and $75. The collection, geared toward the contemporary crowd, features short shoulder styles, hobo bags, baguettes and satchels. Fabrics include leather, suede and PVC.
The Benetton line is geared toward a younger customer and includes backpacks, messenger bags, luggage and duffel bags. The line retails between $15 and $35.
Rosen said both lines are expected to land in department stores, as well as luggage retailers.
Walker, a handbag company based in San Francisco, is offering handbags in a variety of colors and styles for summer.
New for the season is a fabric the company is calling Bali, which is a woven synthetic material that has a tropical aesthetic, said the company’s owner, Eve Parker.
“Also new for this season, we have added small zipper cases in a change-purse size, in addition to our totes and purses,” Parker said.
Parker said mesh is a key fabric for the company, and this spring, it is offering a number of colored mesh styles.
“Now, we are combining mesh colors to create new colored styles. But you can still see what’s inside the bag,” she said.
The company is also offering canvas bags with stripes, which have been popular with buyers, Parker said. Also on tap for spring is a new domed-shape bag that is flat on the bottom and has no closure.
The 24-year-old company manufactures all of its products — distributed to specialty stores and boutiques — domestically, at its factory in California.
The line’s wholesale prices range from $4 to $40.
At New York-based accessories company Seasonal Whispers, suede is a key fabric, said owner and designer Yafit Goldberg.
The company’s offerings include necklaces with suede details and ornaments, said Goldberg. Rings and belts are also included in the merchandise mix.
“Belts are still a huge category,” Goldberg said. “We believe the category is getting bigger and bigger, and we have many different styles to address that.”
Among its new belt offerings are chain and buckle styles.
The 12-year-old company, which has two units in lower Manhattan, sells its line to department, specialty and gift stores. Wholesale price points range from $5 and $70.
At jewelry maker Janny Co., key trends are those inspired by nature, said owner and designer Janny Khalili.
The Encino, Calif.-based company is focusing on leaf and flower motifs in its necklaces, earrings and bracelets. The company is also offering jewelry with cameos, which continues to be a popular genre.
“Everyone loves flower and leaves, and that is why I have chosen to focus on these themes,” Khalili said.
All of the products are made in antique glass that is shipped from Europe and other locales, she said.
Janny Co. is also looking to liven things up with its color palette, which includes green, beige, purple, blue and pink.
The 16-year-old company sells to museums, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and carries wholesale price points between $20 and $120.
Zazou, based in Berkeley, Calif., is best known for its scarves and shawls, but the firm has been moving more into the handbag arena.
The company for fall is offering a number of scarves and shawls with bold prints, including an Asian-inspired print called “Shanghai Graffiti,” as well as Op and Pop Art designs, said sales manager Richard Taranto.
Floral prints continue to be an important component of the line and are featured on silk and rayon and in both printed and embroidered variations.
Taranto said the firm is expanding its Museum collection — sold to museums and art institutions — which features prints of locales such as the Grand Canal in Venice as well as aquatic and botanical scenes.
The 20-year-old firm introduced handbags about 1 1/2 years ago and it continues to expand this area of its business. Handbags, which wholesale for about $19, are now available in a coated silk. Among its new bag offerings is the Shoe Sac, which features prints of shoes.
Joseph Anthony, a fashion jewelry firm based in New York, is focusing on earrings and pendant sets, said co-owner Anthony Yartim.
He said the company’s design direction is coming from what is happening in the fine jewelry market. Most of the items feature cubic zirconia or crystal.
“Everything we are offering has a stone in it,” he said. “We have done well with styles inspired by the three-stone diamond pendants. We plan to keep going forward with that, especially since many people want immediate looks.”
Most of the firm’s offerings are made in brass and have rhodium plating, giving the jewelry a silver color.
The two-year-old company sells to specialty stores, and its wholesale price points range from $3 to $30.