When it comes to making money, luxury accessories brands are leading the way with signature pieces that can instantly update an outfit – be it a scarf, a pair of shoes, or a clutch bag. And with demand for accessories continuing to rise, now is the time for new names to make an impact.
With the help of our style editor Drew Taylor, Elite Traveler has picked out emerging accessories labels that are destined for big things.
Every season, designers from all over the world showcase their latest collections in the industry’s most fashionable capitals, watched eagerly by fashion editors, stylists and celebrities waiting to pick out their most-wanted pieces.
While old favorites continue to impress with their designs, up and coming designers seize this opportunity to get the eyes of the fashion industry on their best creations yet.
Collections recently showcased in London and New York have put rising accessories designers firmly on the radar of fashionistas, with Chelsea Paris’ bold and unusual shoe designs grabbing the attention of all the right people at London Fashion Week, and Sarah Flint’s 1940s-inspired creations gaining interest when she unveiled her spring/summer 2014 shoe collection at New York’s Carlyle Hotel.
Style bible Vogue has also helped to put other designers on the map, including Daniele Michetti, who won in the accessory category of Italian talent scouting contest ‘Who is On Next?’, delivered jointly by Vogue Italia and Altaroma, while handbag designer Paula Cademartori made it to the finals of the competition in 2011, and was named in Vogue Italia’s list of 140 Emerging Designers.
For some, ‘making it’ as a designer in their own right comes after years of working for some of world’s most prestigious labels, including Tonya Hawkes, who spent almost a decade at Donna Karan (eventually becoming VP of shoes and accessories) before launching her own collection. Similarly, the careers of other emerging accessories designers we’ve featured have worked for the likes of Gianni Versace, Burberry Prorsum and Yves Saint Laurent.
But all of these emerging accessories labels have one thing in common: the drive to succeed, set trends and make some of the most talked-about accessories in the fashion world right now.
Read on to find out more about the designers who are on their way to becoming household names.