A rainbow of rich color in this 36" long pearl necklace.
Wear it as a long single strand, double as a multi-strand
necklace or wrap it around a wrist as a stylish bracelet.
Last month I mentioned I would be taking a trip to
Thailand. My four day jaunt was a big success. My goal was to restock
some of our existing items and to find new products that fit with
trends going forward. I found some great
new items that I know will be a big hit.
we got several large shipments of textiles in that I had ordered
back in January. These included some fun new
and a cute wraparound
skirt. Not everything is on the site yet, but we have added
over 50 new items since our last newsletter.
Below I have
written an article that outlines some of the key trends going into
summer. We have bought heavily into the organic and natural materials
trend, the Bohemian theme, and the vintage
30's and 40's pendants. Hopefully you will find something on
the site that fits your needs.
I'd like to
encourage you to browse our site if you haven't done so recently.
It's got a fresh, updated look, easy navigation and lots of new
product. I might also mention that we have been working hard with
suppliers for discounts and we have lowered our mark up to make
for great deals.
Summer and Fall 2005 accessories trends
When it comes to trends, nobody seems to be as on
it as Accessories Magazine.*
If you don't subscribe to this useful publication, you are missing
out on a valuable resource. They have access to the top accessories
manufacturers worldwide, so their forecasts are reports on actual
production, not just rumors and speculation.
You could spend
thousands of dollars on trend reports from consultants, or you can
keep your finger on the pulse by poring over and dog-earing each
issue. What I like are their semiannual direction reports where
they show actual examples of upcoming styles as created by names
like Nine West, Liz Claiborne, Hollie Yashi and more. They list
key concepts, palettes, materials, and fabrics using photos and
in this article is a distillation of their reporting from the last
six months. I like the fact that they give directions about six
months ahead of time, but for retailers this is probably a little
too much lead. Most of the boutique retailers I speak to don't buy
that far in advance. It is good to know where things are headed
so that when one of your suppliers comes to you with something in
the trend, you can order it and have confidence it will sell through.
For Summer we
are looking at several key trends that tie into one another. Retro
continues with Summer's focus on Bohemian and Hippie type looks.
Organic materials and designs fit in with this direction. For jewelry
this means an emphasis on stones like coral
as well as shell,
Rich browns, deep reds and pale blues are strong, as are longer
length necklaces that can be doubled up or worn as a long single
strand. You may already have noticed women in your area accenting
with these themes. Chunky
is big (no pun intended!), as is layering several necklaces or necklaces
chandeliers continue in clean designs, especially with the colors
mentioned previously and organic materials.
and necklaces, while strong for the last several seasons, make a
big statement in Summer and Fall. Feel good themes that recall the
past are popular, with special emphasis going into Fall on vintage
circa 1940. These items will include photo
pendants and charms with old magazine, fashion, photo and postcard
images from pre and post WWII. Cameos and brooch pendants will also
gain prominence in Fall, and shell will continue to be a major trend.
to a certain extent as well this Summer and Fall, with macramÈ
and loosely woven fabric that feel good in the hands being popular.
This Summer look for pastels and jewel tones in turquoise, pink
or green, and anything that lends itself to an ethnic, gypsy type
look. Yarn and meshy looks are important. Heading into Fall,velvet,
satin, appliquÈ and embroidery (again the 1940's theme) will
claim the spotlight as it starts to get cooler.
*We are not
affiliated with Accessories Magazine, we make no commission or profit
from the sale of their magazine. They probably have no idea who
floodgates closing slightly
Last month I talked about the removal in the US of
certain textile quotas from WTO countries. As you might recall, the
predictions were that all hell would break loose in the absence of
annual quotas which had previously placed limits on the quantities
of textile products foreign countries were allowed to export to the
US. Most experts felt that China would flood the US market with cheap
clothing, followed closely by India.
Last month, with the US textile industry screaming
bloody murder, the US government announced it was reinstating limits
on imports of certain textile goods (like denim jeans and cotton
T-shirts) in the face of a huge surge in exports from (drum roll
please): China. Using a WTO guideline that allows for limits on
Chinese goods in extreme cases, the US has once again installed
quotas on key textiles. The US textile industry wants more protection,
but for now the US seems to have put a finger in the dike to at
least slow the dramatic increase in Chinese fabric products.
Ultimately this will mean that in the third quarter
of this year, US wholesalers will need to look beyond China to fulfill
orders for the busy Holiday season. China will have filled the quotas
by that time and some larger importers like Walmart will need to
obtain goods elsewhere. This will not be difficult, nor will it
add much in terms of cost of goods, but it will mean that the Chinese
will continue pushing hard in the WTO to have the limits removed.
Should be interesting to see how things turn out.
For more on this, click here.
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