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Instagram: The New Runway

instagramrunwayWe recently partnered with Gifts and Dec to host a round table discussion with 12 amazing retailers to talk about where they look to learn about new products and trends. We learned that good reps are important but that “Instagram is the new runway.” Retailers no longer wait for fashion reports or trade shows. They see what their customers want through their Instagram feeds! Fads have become so short that they can start and end before you ever see the customer.

One retailer explained, “Instagram, is set up for my business. So, I can stand at the booth, take my notes in my phone, go back  later through my pictures, and then directly, with a button, click and say which vendors to follow up with.”

With the changing economy, gift retailers are also focusing their efforts on enhancing the customer experience by finding ways to make shopping fun and enjoyable. Promoting the message of “supporting local” among customers is important for gift retailers. Many of the retailers stated that their customer base will pay higher prices at their store because they want to ensure their business continues to thrive.

But the user experience starts long before they walk into your business. With 52% of consumers researching purchases online before shopping, the retail experience starts with your website and social sites. Instagram, is easy and can quickly communicate to a shopper that you carry products that relate to their lifestyle. So, if you aren’t already on Instagram, go check it out and see why it’s being called the “new runway.”

Where do you learn about new fashion, accessory and gift trends? Leave us a comment and let us know! And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!

2018 Color Trends

Next year is about having fun by exploring your passions. The 2018 color palette contains both brights, like reds and yellows, and pastels, like soft mauves and blues. The tomato red we are seeing in a lot of the geometric patterns represents confidence, fun and attention-grabbing. Yellow is also the same kind of bold choice for color and is seen as both a traffic light bright and a flower petal pastel. On the softer side, the pastel mauves and hints of blue are both nostalgic and yet give the promise of a new era.

Textures and patterns for 2018 also have similar color combinations with the effect of stark geometric lines and, on the reverse, florals that can be as retro as grandma’s basement curtains.

These hues will compliment apparel and accessory combinations and will be seen throughout the home décor world.  What do you think of the 2018 color palettes? Let us know in the comments.


October Apparel Market Trend


Be on the look out at the October Apparel Market for intricate embroidery and floral patterns! Both are big on fall 2017 apparel and handbags and will remain so through spring 2018. The runway shows for spring 2018 spotlighted embroidery and floral designs running the gamut from dainty and subtle to colorful and attention grabbing.

Embroidered Shirt

At our Total Accessories showroom, there are lovely apparel items and handbags from Mary Frances, Coco + Carmen, Steve Madden and more. Come take a look during market, we’ll be happy to show you our beautiful embroidered and floral patterned items. Or, call our showroom for assistance at 404-523-4418. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about this trend.


Spring Handbag Trends 2017

Spring handbag styles are so much fun this season. You’ll see some of the fabulous fringe you saw in the fall but other than that, the styles are fresh and exciting. Here are some of the top handbag trends for spring 2017.


The Tiny Bag

A bag doesn’t have to be big to make a statement! Tiny handbags are hugely popular this season and though you can sondrarobertsminifit maybe some lip gloss and some change in these bags, they are in demand. Sondra Roberts has some irresistible Thumbelina bags this season. So does Coco + Carmen, of course!



The Cinch Bag

These less formal drawstring bags are perfect for carefree summer days and cococarmencinchgetaways. They typically have wide openings so you can throw in a swimsuit and a towel and be on your way. These bags are popping up in florals and metallics and other fun prints and trendy patterns. Coco + Carmen has a variety from which to choose.


The Floral Print Bag

sondrarobertsfloralFeminine and  pretty, these bags can add a little color to a basic wardrobe. A floral clutch can pair nicely with a dress or jeans this season.  You must see the Sondra Roberts florals as well as the richly embellished florals of Mary Frances bags –two distinctive floral looks for spring 2017!


Bag Add-Ons

Like I said, this is a fun season! Charms, scarves, and other cute add-cococarmencharmsons are on trend this spring. Tassels and furry pom poms, bold flowers and fruit and so many other fun and colorful (and fabulously frivolous) add-ons are available from Coco + Carmen.

Check out all these great styles and more at Sondra Roberts, Mary Frances, and Coco + Carmen.

Do you have a favorite handbag trend? Tell us in the comments!

Fall Jewelry Trends 2016


Fall jewelry trends this year are varied —so eclectic. There’s something for everyone! Here, we’re going to focus on the top four jewelry trends seen on fashion sites and right in our showrooms at AmericasMart. At the top of our trend list this fall are chokers, tassels, layered necklaces and bracelets, and cuff bracelets. There are so many ways to wear these pieces. Let’s take a look.

Chokers. The 90’s choker look is back in almost every style and material imaginable. But, an especially popular version of the choker has a twist. You’ll often hear them referred to as scarf chokers because they are wrapped around the neck and hang loose at the ends. They are making appearances in ribbon, leather and chain. See our catalogs for Nakamol Chicago and Coco+Carmen to look at more versions of these stunning necklaces. The choker/collar also made a big showing at Fall Fashion Week. Anju has some amazing mixed metal pieces for fall.


Layers and stacks. Layered sets of necklaces and bracelets are popular this fall. We are seeing sets of delicate chained necklaces and also an eclectic mix of elements and metals to create the look. They are being sold in sets; some are connected, but others are not. This gives the customer so many options to create different looks. Bracelets are seen in stacks and wraps. Call them arm candy. Or, call them arm parties. It’s a great look.


Tassels.Tassels are big on both handbags and jewelry this fall. They are showing up in leather, cloth, plastic and metal. You’ll see them in all sizes and colors and even hanging from the scarf chokers that we mentioned above. It’s the year of the tassel, so it seems!


Cuff bracelets. Cuff bracelets of all widths are being worn over sleeves and gloves. Mixed metal cuffs are popular as are open cuff bangles with earthy stones on each end. Even wearing multiple cuff bracelets is quite on trend. Anju has so many designs to choose from in metals and also in leather.


Go swoon over even more fall jewelry trends included on our Pinterest board. The Fashionisers provide a great overview of this fall’s trendiest trends. What’s your favorite jewelry trend? Tell us in the comments!

Photo credits: InStyle, The Fashionisers, Nakamol Chicago, Anju, Coco + Carmen

Fall Handbag Trends 2016

stevenmodelThere are so many fun handbag trends this fall that no matter what style you prefer, it has probably hit a trend list from at least one of the many fashion bloggers and magazines. However, there are four trends that appear across the board that you won’t want to miss this season.

Tassels. Whether a handbag has one tassel or several, it doesn’t matter as long as there’s one somewhere on the bag. Tassels made a big showing at New York Fashion Week this fall and they’re showing up on the sides of purses, in the center, and on the straps. Some designers have incorporated an entire row of tassels across the front closure. Multicolored tassels are also popular and playful this year. The Purse Blog highlights some of the best tasseled bags seen during Fashion Week. The perfectly tassled Melie Bianco bags pictured below are great sellers!


Embroidery, Embellishments, and Appliques. These design features make it a fun and colorful season for handbags. Some designers have used all three design elements on one purse creating little works of art, feasts for the eyes. The handbag becomes the centerpiece of the outfit! The look is gem encrusted, bright floral embellishments, and optical illusions. The Mary Frances bags below embody this style.

maryfrancesduoCross Body Bags. This handbag style is always available, but this fall, bags of all shapes, sizes and styles are being shown as cross body bags. And according to, the shorter the straps the better so that the bag sits between the underarm and the upper hip bone. See our Pinterest board for examples of this trend. Several fashion bloggers have suggested that the look can be created by simply converting typical shoulder bags to cross body bags. Nevertheless, this chic look appeared often in the fall runway shows and the trend is making its way to the streets. Ili offers colorful cross body bags like the two pictured below.

ilicollagefinalSaddle Bags. They keeping coming back! This fall, saddle bags are most often seen in traditional brown leather, but some designers, like Coach, are showing them in tiny floral patterns or covered in flower appliques. Most designers have their own versions of the seventies style saddle bag. In fact, several saddle bags made the top “50 Standout Bags” list on The great thing about this bag style is that it can easily encompass the other top trends like tassels, embroidery and the cross body style. So, you may just have the perfect fall bag if it’s a cross body style saddle bag with tassels and embroidery! Two saddle bags from Steven are pictured below.


Ask your rep about the handbags available from Coco + Carmen, Mary Frances, Steven, Ili, Melie Bianco, and more and be sure to check out our Pinterest board for these and other exciting fall handbag trends. What’s your favorite handbag style? Let us know in the comments!