Feb 15, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
Mar 09, 2017
By WGSN Insider
Strolling through the Capsule Trade Show in New York is always a joy, and this year the trade show (held last month, just after NYFW) was bigger and better with more floor space dedicated to new, emerging brands. In terms of accessories, personalisation was a key trend, with every designer/brand offering a fresh take on what personalisation looks like (think everything from iPhone cases to beach bags).
Here are some of the most eye-catching accessories we saw:
Poolside Collective showed off a line of handmade straw beach bags with clever sayings stitched on. “Beach Don’t Kill My Vibe”, “Turn Down For What”, and “Sipping on Gin and Juice” are just some of the many phrases offered by Poolside.
Don’t see a saying you like? You can order a custom-made bag that says anything you want for a truly one-of-a-kind creation. Although the price point might look steep, these Poolside bags are high quality and made to last from summer to summer.
Continuing with bags and fun sayings, Fallon & Royce rolled out a line of canvas totes and cosmetic pouches with sequin phrases stitched on.
In addition to their bags with relatable sayings like “Things Happen for a Riesling” and “Blessed Hot Mess”, Fallon & Royce also sells a line of adorable handmade Colombian pom pom keychains to add some brightness to your bag.
Ann Howell Bullard caught our eyes with her imaginative handbags, a business that she started out of necessity. After being invited to a record number of weddings in one year, she didn’t want to keep getting new outfits, so she decided to create show-stopping accessories instead and change them up for each wedding.
She started with beautiful clutches, and now offers totes and round purses featuring painted patterns created by the designer herself. Phases of the moon and a banana were just two of the distinctive paintings on these simple yet stunning bags.
Moving into tech accessories, artsn produces handmade laptop and iPhone cases using a variety of real, high quality wood and marble.
Artsn wanted to bring us back to nature when using our high-tech devices, whether it be with a wooden keyboard or a mixed-material iPhone case. The company also makes watches and sunglasses, and every item is made-to-order in their New York studio, a true sentiment to slow fashion.
Hailing all the way from Berlin, Iphoria was created with the idea that our technology should change outfits just as much as we do.
Sold in 35 countries globally, Iphoria offers a range of funky accessories including tech cases, sneaker patches, keychains and clutches. They even sell an eccentric line of clothing. Personal favourite? A cashmere ice cream cone sweater; perfect to cuddle up in and think of warmer days. Iphoria also wants you to personalise your tech with 3-D patches and stickers that can be added to plain cases that are also produced by the company.
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