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Contemporary Accessory Designer Profiles

Aneta Genova

Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Chapter Three profiles seven of today’s leading accessory designers and design firms—Miuccia Prada, Carlos Falchi, Nike, Christian Louboutin, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, and olsenHaus. After reading this chapter, you will understand how building and maintaining a strong brand image leads to success in this competitive design business.

Designing Handbags and Small Leather Goods

Aneta Genova

Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

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Introduction to Handbags and Small Leather Goods

Aneta Genova

Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Chapter Five provides an overview of the handbag industry and the responsibilities of a handbag designer. After reading this chapter, you will be able to recognize and describe styles and components of handbags, travel-related bags, and small leather goods.

Inspiration and Research for Handbags

Aneta Genova

Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Chapter Six explains how handbag designers conduct research and find inspiration. After reading this chapter, you will be able to identify research stages and goals, locate sources of inspiration, and choose design concepts, materials, and hardware. You will also learn how to build a mood board to present your completed research.

Designing, Sketching, and Presenting Handbags and Small Leather Goods

Aneta Genova

Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Chapter Seven applies the design process to the creation of a handbag or small leather goods collection. After reading this chapter, you will be able to develop and edit designs according to a specific target market and brand identity. You will also appreciate the variety of techniques for preparing flat sketches and be able to present final ideas with both hand-drawn and computer-aided illustrations.

Tech Packs and Manufacturing for Handbags and Small Leather Goods

Aneta Genova

Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Chapter Eight describes the technical responsibilities of a designer of handbags and small leather goods. After reading this chapter, you will be able to trace the manufacturing process for handbags and small leather goods and understand how to use spec sheets and tech packs to communicate with manufacturing teams.

The Miser’s Purse

Laura L. Camerlengo

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Miser’s purses were one of the most popular purse styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Crafted in myriad colors and designs, they were made for personal use, as gifts to loved ones, or for commercial sale. These purses were deeply embedded in nineteenth-century popular culture as well. The development of the purse’s form and its social and symbolic roles can be explored by relating references found in nineteenth-century literature and paintings to accounts of these accessories found

A Brief History of the Purse up to 1930

Kathleen Campbell

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Purses, or handbags, have been a key component of a woman’s wardrobe for much of the 20th century and into the 21st. In recent years, handbags have evolved from chic accessories for carrying personal items to status symbols that may cost thousands of dollars. However, the first known purses developed centuries ago with different objectives in mind. The transformation of the form and function of the purse from ancient times through the 1920s reflects broad currents in social history, including the

Helmet

Beverly Chico

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Prehistoric peoples probably wore woven basketry or hide head protectors; ancient Ethiopians used horse skulls, manes, and tails. Archaeological evidence reveals that rawhide caps and copper helmets, protecting ears and neck nape—with chin straps and padded wool or leather lining—were worn by Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian warriors during the third to first millennia B.C.E. Early Greek helmets were usually bronze hemispherical crowns. The Corinthian version incorporated a movable face mask; t

Accessories of Dress

Celia Stall-Meadows

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The accessories industries in Canada and the United States are multibillion dollar industries that include many diverse product categories. Fashion accessories may be defined as fashion items that are carried or worn, and support or accent apparel fashions. Common accessories used by consumers in North America include hats and headwear, eyewear, scarves, shawls, neckties, handkerchiefs, pocket squares, gloves, belts, handbags, small personal leather goods, luggage, umbrellas, fans, and watches. M

Trends In the Menswear Market

Michael P. Londrigan

Source: Menswear. Business to Style, 2009, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

One current trend is the use of editorial fashion spreads in consumer magazines that transcend ethnic boundaries. Vibe magazine’s September 2006 Fall fashion spread featured the following:

Accessories! Accessories! Accessories!

Nancy Plummer

Source: Your Personal Style, 2009, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

“The accessory is always a delicate balance between good and bad taste. In other words, a handbag may either make or break an outfit.”

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