THE FAE LAB: The Fashion Accessories Expo is trying to give new designers a leg up.
After undergoing a jury process separate from the one required for more established companies, up to 10 designers are being given the chance to exhibit at the trade show for one year. They will show in an area called the Design Lab, and each designer’s appearance at the FAE, which takes place three times a year, will be partially subsidized by the show. After the first year, members of the Design Lab will compete with all other potential exhibitors for space at the show.
Eight companies are showing in this edition of the FAE, which runs through Tuesday. They are Allison Barrett Accessories, Brett Bara, Bruce Albee, Christine Cummings for Falling Star Cafe, Gail Brown Bags, Greta Corens for Lines & Volume, Jennifer Ruma for Makai & Bo and Alison Jia for Middle Kingdom.
ALL ABOUT ABACO: Not every hot handbag has to be attached to a designer name.
Abaco, a 12-year-old French firm, has suddenly become a hot label in Europe and Asia, largely for its new line of nylon and leather Ocaba bags. Ocaba is the company name in reverse, and the bags themselves are also reversible.
Four sizes are available, and the bags generally switch from a pattern, like a colorful check or an animal print to a solid, though some models reverse from one solid color to another. All are leather trimmed and have footed bottoms and an inside zip pocket.
The Ocaba bags were launched in major stores in Paris last fall, in Japan last month and will premiere in U.S. stores for fall. The bags are made in France and will retail in the U.S. from $65 to $150.The line is represented in New York by the Jerry Kohn showroom.