The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, national trade organization that works to build consumer awareness and higher demand in the fashion accessory industry. It returns to the June Atlanta Apparel Market bringing some of the industry’s most fashion-forward and unique accessory lines along with them, all of which are showing in Atlanta for the first time. These six designers and brand names have been selected by The Accessories Council to show at the June Atlanta Apparel Market.
About Deondra Jeree:
Class. Sophistication. Style. Glamour. These are the words that come to mind when describing Deondra Jeree’s luxury contemporary handbags. When everyday life can feel like all we care about is consumption with a constant revolving door of trends, these handbags transcend the temporary to become the everlasting contemporary. By utilizing classic colors such as gold, red, burgundy, and black and textiles such as genuine lizard skin and calfskin, these handbags will never stop being chic.
Born in a small town just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, designer Deondra Jeree Morris fuses her southern roots with her big city savvy to create effortlessly stylish handbags. Already featured in some of the country’s most followed fashion blogs and magazines, bloggers love it, editors love it, and we know you will love it, too. As a millennial, Deondra Jeree is the fresh face the handbag industry needs to shake things up. For those looking for luxury but want to think beyond Rodeo Drive and Park Avenue, this is the brand you will soon cherish.
About Kemi Designs:
It all began in Australia, with its laidback, grassy beaches and quietly bohemian fashion scene. Kemi first landed there in 2009, on the heels of receiving a degree in Apparel Design from the University of Delaware and on the promise of fulfilling a fashion internship. After gleaning all she could from the tutelage of the iconic Australian designer Willow, Kemi’s wanderlust kicked in. A year of living on the beach in Bondi and venturing out to explore the Great Barrier Reef, glaciers of New Zealand and street markets of Bangkok provided all the inspiration she needed to start her own jewelry line. Now, the 27-year-old crafts one-of-a-kind pieces by hand in the Upper East Side apartment she shares with her cat, Pancakes, and two best friends. Her geometric designs reflect both the tribal lean that informs her personal style — arrows, feathers, Moroccan half-moon shapes — and her urban surroundings, like the New York City skyline on her popular “We Built This City” sterling silver ring. The Long Island native customizes necklaces and bracelets on request, and is currently at work putting her talents to especially good use, creating pieces like her “Love is Blind” Braille ring, which benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. With a raw, organic finish as her trademark, Kemi’s jewelry echos her year getting lost in a rabbit hole while finding her calling. With her customers left feeling adorned and beautiful, her jewelry is meant to decorate the body as well as the soul.
Market special: When you buy or place an order AT a show, you receive 10% off.
Mondrina is a Sag Harbor, N.Y. based handbag brand founded by Monica & Matt Frisbie in 2012 while they were living abroad in Lima, Peru. Inspired by the contrast of their two favorite seaside residences, Mondrina handbags mix luxury leathers with artisan made materials and suburb craftsmanship. Each handbag is hand cut and sewn in small batches out of luxury materials found and created.
About Sheep Shades:
Sheep Shades is a line of high-quality, unisex sunglasses created under the influence of rock & roll for musicians, by musicians. Handcrafted in acetate with the highest quality lenses providing 100% UV protection, Sheep Shades capture the essence of the respectably rebellious rocker. Sheep Shades are for dreamers, doers, festival goers, concert junkies, rock stars — and anyone who believes in the power of music. Sheep Shades — a Pink Sheep Heiress brand.
Market Special: Free shipping and 10% discount on all orders over $500 placed during the show.
About Ragini Mittal:
Ragini Mittal was launched in 2012 by designers Ragini Mittal and her mother Chhaya Agarwal. Their work reflects a distinct fusion between the traditional, bright and bold, Indian Jewelry design and a western design aesthetic. Headquartered in the Northeast region of the US and in New Delhi, Ragini Mittal is able to utilize the inspirations from both geographic areas and beautifully incorporate the influences into all of her collections.
Ragini Mittal represents today’s feminine and fun woman, as well as, the powerful and bold modern woman through their designs. Each featured piece is handcrafted in New Delhi by local artisans. In doing so, Ragini Mittal is able to offer empowerment to young women through entrepreneurship and is able to stay well-connected to their communities.
Ragini Mittal is sold internationally and online.
Silvana Montoya, Colombian entrepreneur, founder of LUXCHILAS, the famous brand of Luxury Wayuu Mochila Bags. With a background in business, a huge passion for design and a philanthropic heart, she fulfilled her dream of empowering Wayuu Tribe women to fight poverty.
Respecting the original Wayuu geometrical patterns, her designs are inspired by their colorful combinations and by fashion trends. She creates modern and luxurious bucket style bags with crystals and leather fringes. This embellishment is made by single moms head of their households.
Part of the proceeds from the sales goes the future of the Tribe: the children. She has been able to donate complete meals and school supplies for them.
It is time to live the LUXCHILAS Experience: Be Bold, Feel Happy, Give Back, Look Fab!
Market Special: Receive 10% off regular wholesale price.
Brendan Cannon is the Creative Director of PLUMA, a collection of chic and elegant accessories produced in Italy by some of the premier luxury artisans in the world.
Cannon grew up in New York City and was influenced by his love of music and fashion from an early age. He began his career as stylist and over the course of his career has worked with publications, such as Vogue, Vogue Germany, Vogue Brazil, Vogue Mexico, W Magazine, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and Niche Media publications. He has also worked with celebrities including, Diane Kruger, Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon and Keanu Reeves. In addition, Cannon has been featured as style expert on networks such as E!, Style, VH1, CBS, NBC, ABC, TLC and Bravo.
In 2013 he partnered with T-Project Inc, an Italian network of producers and suppliers to create PLUMA. Drawing inspiration from his travels throughout Tuscany, Cannon’s experiences with the family owned, specialty factories there inspired him to create a collection of accessories; suites of styles are grouped according to the materials used and produced in conjunction with a factory that specializes in the relevant technique.
“Before meeting with the manufacturers to start the design process, I explored Italy to visually ‘inhale’ the balance of color and scale, from the natural landscape to the architecture to even local street style. Italy has long been the birthplace of the most luxurious fashion brands and trends, so I wanted to pay homage to that,” he said.
Cannon’s designs reflect the multi-faceted lives and sophistication of women who covet and wear luxury accessories. The precise combinations of luxurious elements like brass with molded resin, high-grade leather, enamel, high-quality plastics and nautical rope gives an elegant sensuality, allowing the jewelry to become a wardrobe staple.
PLUMA debuted as a capsule collection that was shown alongside designer Jason Wu’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection. The ‘Oro’ suite, collaboration between Cannon and Wu, featured the brand’s signature gold links, brass, black enamel and molded resin. PLUMA officially launched with a full collection for the Spring 2014 season. PLUMA has attracted the attention of celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Collins, Jessica Paré and Julianne Hough, among others.
You can find these brands at Atlanta Apparel, which takes place June 11-14, 2015 at AmericasMart Atlanta. Learn more at www.AmericasMart.com/Inside.