The Accessories Circuit trade show was quite busy on Tuesday when we visited. This 3-day trade show is always fun for us since we get to see more than jewelry -- every accessories category along with some ready-to-wear is on display.
Given the current economic climate we were thrilled to see that many of our favorite designers were working away writing orders and a few were too busy to talk to us despite dropping by a few times.
What we did get to see were some terrific new spring lines and continued growth by some of today's most happenin' designers.
At Mizuki's booth we saw the designer herself chatting with Fragments owner Janet Goldman (middle) and CEO Marla Sabo (left) and we couldn't resist capturing their new year's smiles.
Mizuki's collection now features "stories" that help merchandise her prolific designs. [TIP: Creating stories helps you and your buyers organize, refer to and display your different works cohesively]
Mizuki's new story in rose gold and rose quartz seemed particularly enticing for this spring.
Rose seems to be the word of the season -- rose gold, rose-cuts, rosey colored gems -- we were feelin' in the pink after a few hours at the show.
Susan Kalan had great reaction to her new 18k designs that she brought to supplement her 14k work -- giving optimism that fashionable designs can sell well at higher pricepoints. She sold both collections well with her Vitrine collection of translucent gems in large, diamond accented settings doing particularly well.
Saundra Messinger added some color to her signature matte silver designs this season -- a beautiful way to continue her collection. Here she is modeling new bracelets for us!
Jamie Joseph (seen below with her adorable husband) added even more color to her line showing off soft pink Kunzite as often as she could in her "Saturn" necklaces which let the stone swing independently from the gold setting "orbiting" it. She's the originator of this concept and it's definitely fun and fashionable. Her choker bracelets were also getting a lot of attention because big color is where it's at this year!
Marquis shapes and cool colors were making all the news at the Pade Vavre booth. Many new styles featured flashing labradorite and moonstones in marquis, rose cut and natural crystal shapes. Organic is the word for Pade with her emphasis on twiggy textures, natural found object forms like sharks teeth and lava and uncut gems.
Many designers we met reported ending 2007 on the positive side -- again good news based on current economy and overall industry reports.
Watch here for our Jeweler's Resource end-of-year business survey results coming shortly.