Personality Traits

Bring on the baubles, the bling, the best expressions of personal style! NY NOW delivers countless resources in the Personal Accessories category, as part of the NY NOW LIFESTYLE collection. You’ll find the newest looks in fine and fashion jewelry, handbags, scarves, leathergoods, wearables, men’s gifts and more.

These Products Let Personality Shine Through

Abra Couture, Inc._Wood CollarWood Collar by Abra Couture, Inc.

From herstudio in Bucks County, Pennsylvaniajewelry designerAbra Gorby is producing a new line of handmade jewelry. This choker of oblong wood beads is minimally treated to showcase the natural variations in the wood.

 

 

 

bellroy_Bellroy Hide & SeekHide & Seek by Bellroy

This slim wallet features four quick access card slots, a protected section for cards and a hidden section for discreet bill storage. It’s made from premium full-grain vegetable tanned cow leather under world-class environmental stewardship standards. Dimensions: 3.3 × 4.6 inches.

 

 

 

 East Cloud_Chamonix GoldChamonix Gold by East Cloud

Capturing a dynamic color combination of yellow and blue, this scarf makes a statement with both polka dot and a geometric accent. It’s made of 50% wool and 50% acrylic. Dimensions: 27″x72″.

 

 

Finding Fashion Statements in the City

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Brooklyn Museum - The Art of the High Heeled ShoeMore than just a fashion statement,… Continue reading

Michele Quan of MQuan: Transferring her energy to ceramic art for the home

MQuan HeadshotChanneling her characteristic energy and creativity, Michele Quan of MQuan Studio designs and sculpts handmade ceramic art and objects for the home and garden. Her pieces have become a canvas for her love of drawing, painting, text and color. In her Brooklyn studio, she builds the ceramic forms by hand, which are then wheel thrown, or slip cast in stoneware and porcelain. She also just added a capsule collection of silver and 18K gold jewelry.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Michele moved to New York City in 1984 to study graphic design and photography at Parsons School of Design. We recently asked her a few question about her design inspirations, and the new products she’s introducing at the summer market. You’ll find her in Accent on Design® in the NY EyeNOW HOME collection.

Q: Are you the sole MQuan designer? Where do your design inspirations come from?

A: Yes, I alone design my work, but have a few young artists who help me to produce it. Design inspirations come from so many different places. I tend to think they come from words and ideas. I either read about the symbology of an image, or I attach an image to the words… Continue reading

Accent on Design® Summer Preview

For 30 years, Accent on Design has been a leading source of design-driven home and lifestyle merchandise. As part of the NY NOW HOME collection, this juried section showcases nearly 200 contemporary product suppliers, with 25 first-time exhibitors debuting new, innovative, must-have resources this summer!

Divine design – check out these Accent on Design products!

JSchatz_wall tilePlanter Wall Tile by J Schatz

Providing both form and function, these stoneware tiles serve a dual purpose as planters and knob tiles to train growing plants. From his Los Angeles studio, Jim Schatz works with clay and other stoneware–durable natural materials, and uses an exclusive U.S.-based supplier network for raw materials and manufactured components.

 

 

 

AMEICO_Picto Blue WatchPicto Blue Watch by AMEICO

This minimalist analog watch was originally designed by Steen Christiansen and Erling Anderson in 1984 as the first watch based on the rotating disk principle. The face is available in a variety of rich colors, and features hour and minute markers. Available in sizes 30mm, 40mm, and 45mm diameter.

 

 

 

 

FINELL_GRIPGRIP by FINELL

A clean aesthetic, unconventional materials and patent pending glass-gripping function are a winning combination for this serving tray. Made of powder-coated aluminum, it’s encircled in silicone bands… Continue reading

Crafts Supporting a Cause: The Story of Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans

N.D. was just a child when his father passed away, leaving him to work to support his mother and siblings. In 2008, he was selected by Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans (BFTA) to make crafts. In his first year, he earned $5,000. Last year, this figure grew to $30,000, allowing him to pay off debt, acquire more raw materials and hire three assistants.

His is just one of many Artisan Resource exhibitor success stories you hear when you speak with the dedicated staff and volunteers at BFTA, a not-for-profit Palestinian NGO with a mission to promote Fair Trade in Bethlehem and Palestine. With a mission to bring fair prices and working conditions to every handicraft producer in the Bethlehem area, BFTA works with local independent artisans specializing in olive wood carvings, embroidery, mother of pearl, olive oil soap, recycled glass, handmade paper and jewelry.

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At the BFTA helm is Suzan Sahori, co-founder and CEO. Under her leadership, BFTA has partnered with the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation (CCHP) in its goal to preserve cultural heritage by rehabilitating historical neighborhoods and buildings throughout the Bethlehem District. In 2010, the BFTA moved to the Dar Al-Bandak… Continue reading

Spotlight on Artisan Resource®

Global resources from more than 30 countries… all under one roof? That’s what you’ll find at Artisan Resource®, the first-of-its-kind market that connects international artisanal producers with U.S.-based volume importers, direct import retailers, designers and wholesalers. This Emerald Expositions tradeshow runs concurrently with NY NOW – August 16-19 at Pier 94.

Carefully selected companies—nearly 120 in total—will bring more than just artisanal textiles, ceramics, glass, metal, leather, natural fibers, paper, and recycled materials. They’ll bring heartwarming stories of cultural preservation, social enterprise and sustainability.

Preview three Artisan Resource exhibitors:

azizi_Abahuzamugambi weavers []Azizi Life

Azizi Life offers handcrafted home goods, décor, jewelry, bags and holiday decorations. The company supports over 247 artisans in Rwanda through fair trade purchases, design coaching and additional resources. The majority of the artisans are survivors of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Using a mix of traditional techniques and designs, the weavers and woodcarvers use locally-available and natural raw materials, such as sisal, banana leaf and jacaranda and musave woods.

 

 

Artisan CloseUp 2Coppre

Coppre is a social enterprise working with metal craftspeople in India. Their work preserves highly refined heritage handcrafting techniques, such as beating on metal sheets. Metal crafts have a recorded history of over 400 years, but… Continue reading

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