ACCESSORIES: A COLOR-FILLED SEASON
Byline: Wendy Hessen
NEW YORK — It’s going to be a colorful, feminine spring for the accessories market.
While delicate, small-scale looks will still dominate the jewelry category, there is some movement afoot for slightly larger styles, particularly when it comes to status links and toggle-chain bracelets and necklaces. There is a spotlight on real jewelry, and many firms incorporate sterling silver and semiprecious stones into their collections.
Foree Hunsicker, owner and designer of Medalias, is expanding her signature line of vintage luggage tags paired with metals and fake pearls to include more bridge and real pieces. She will offer faceted semiprecious stones, including citrine, iolite, topaz and amethyst, with real fresh-water pearls and antique sterling silver chains, in small, ethereal styles.
Femininity will also play a role at marcasite maker Judith Jack, according to Eileen Holcomb, director of sales and marketing. An expanded group of oversized cocktail rings with cubic zirconia, basic drop earrings, dainty pearl and cubic zirconia Y-necklaces, and items with square and round marcasite comprise the firm’s latest feminine looks.
Vintage Creations/Jenna Nicole, which also markets marcasite jewelry, is set to unveil a line featuring garnet and gold vermeil and will follow the feminine trend with a new bridal collection in marcasite and fake pearl — a well-priced alternative for brides, according to Drew Shapiro, vice president. The bridal collection wholesales from $9 to $28.
Sparkle and shine will be key for Kerri Linden Designs, who will be represented at WWD/MAGIC by its New York showroom, Meridian Accessories, said Mary Keller, an owner. Linden will feature Austrian crystal in delicate earrings and necklaces and will introduce shiny sterling and gold vermeil as well. She is also expanding her line of hair accessories, introduced last fall, with headbands, bobby pins and barrettes with enamel, glitter, pearl or crystal trim.
A prevailing trend for the Monet Group will be clear color in the form of transparent enamel and iridescent treatments, according to Barbara Kotlikoff, executive vice president for global marketing and merchandising. The firm will show all three of its costume jewelry lines — Monet, Trifari and Marvella.
Necklaces of varying lengths and small-scale earrings will show tones of sapphire, emerald and topaz in what she described as refined vintage looks.
Whimsy will be shown in force this season, and it has had a heavy influence on accessories sales this fall. Several firms are banking on fantasy and humor — whether in the form of licensed cartoon characters on baseball caps to backpacks, or jaunty, enameled floral motifs — to lighten up buyers’ attitudes for spring.
Vintage Creations/Jenna Nicole will present its newly licensed Betty Boop collection in marcasite and sterling silver and will launch a circus group featuring clowns, carousels and masks in enamel and marcasite.
Judith Jack will introduce its newly licensed Snoopy collection in marcasite cuff links, toggle bracelets and pins. Some of the pieces come in a pop-up gift box that can be reused as a jewelry box. Holcomb said the company’s witty, three-year-old enamel series, which continues to be a hit, will include flower pots and bouquets dotted with marcasite for spring.
Representing a significant departure from her line of hip stone and fine metal pieces, jewelry designer Dian Malouf will launch The Food Chain, a new line focusing on fruit and vegetable charms, some of which are backed by geometric shapes — an apple on an octagonal base, for instance. The line reflects her passion for the environment and includes several styles of earrings, pendants and stackable rings. It will be available in gold, sterling silver or a mix of the two metals.
Abe Chehebar, chief executive officer at Accessory Network, a multiple classification manufacturer, said the company will showcase all of its licensed products from Disney and Looney Tunes, in addition to its own merchandise.
“We’ve really focused on more of a typical retail presentation this time,” he said, “with products displayed more like our customers’ established accessories setups — by specific category, whether it’s vests, caps or backpacks.”
Licensed lines being launched at the show include Winnie the Pooh hats, handbags, vests and cold-weather items. Also making its debut is a line of beach products bearing the logo of the worldwide television hit, “Baywatch.” The items feature a lifeguard motif.
Other products Chehebar expects will be in demand are the company’s own Americana collection, a sporty line of straw hats totes in an array of fabrics and structured handbags, with its own subsection for frame bags, called Framed.
Ellen Mena, owner and designer for Mena Design, pointed to color and texture as key elements of her spring collection.
“We’re doing a black and white story called country plaid, a pastel stripe group and a small bright story in acid green, peacock blue or orange velour,” Mena noted.
Besides velour, she said she would offer distinct textures in other fabrics, such as chenille.
A Piece of the Rainbow
Abrim Enterprises Inc.
Active Time Corp.
Almar Sales Co.
B.H. Smith, Samsonite Handbags, Smithy Accessories
Bag Bazaar/Rivage Handbags
Carol Carr/Great Hats
Chateau Anne USA Inc.
Chateau International Inc.
Code Azure Inc.
Day of the Unicorn
Dian Malouf for NDK Inc.
Dorfman-Pacific Co. Inc.
E. Gluck Corporation
Eric Javits Inc.
Felicity Assoc. Inc./Marie Ferra’
Frederic Duclos-Silver Extraordinaire
Frye Bag Co.
GWF USA Corp.
Glass Act Studio
H20 Tote Inc.
Hanny Trading USA
Hat Attack Inc.
IFO/International Fashion Observations
Impulse Items Inc.
Jimmy Crystal Inc.
Judith Jack Inc.
Judy Phillips Originals
Kangol Headwear Inc.
La Vie Parisienne
Lensing Trading Co.
Linda Eastwood/Commodore Hats
Lydell Jewelry Design Studio
Magnum Fashions Inc.
Medalias by Foree Hunsicker Inc.
Pace & Co.
Pan Oceanic Eyewear
Philadelphia Rapid Transit
Pouchplus by Kangaroos
Private Eyes Sunglass Corp.
Purvis & More
Royal Trend Inc.
Sacred Turtle/One Love/One If By Land
Sha D’ Lei Inc.
Sun ‘N’ Sand Accessories Inc.
TBAC – Prince Gardner
Thai Magic Co.
The Button Connection
The Monet Group
The Napier Co.
The Taxi Wallet
Timmy Woods/Beverly Hills
V. Fraas USA Inc.
Vintage Creations/Jenna Nicole
Whittall & Shon
Yidah Watch/Jacques Edho