Overview of the Accessories Sectors
Accessories businesses provide products that complement an individuals' outfit or complement and enhance the aesthetic appeal of a living space. Many people love accessorizing. Whether it is a soft cashmere scarf or a sparkly brooch, many consider it to be an essential process and a way of completing one’s clothing attire. Shops that sell hair accessories (such as hair bands, ornate fascinators, clips, ribbons and bows) help consumers enhance an outfit. Their products help coordinate what the person is wearing, down to colour matching their hairpiece with shoes.
Many shops sell Hats and Caps that survive fashion changes. For example, many women enjoy wearing men’s Trilby and Fedora Hats. As are huge oversized baseball caps which are very en-vogue at the moment with young adults and teenagers. It is not just the style of cap. It also has to be about the way it is worn. Presently, baseball caps are worn barely perching on the head so that they seem to stand tall. They may look slightly ridiculous but in the world of ever changing trends and fashion – anything goes!
Belts and Buckles can be small and simple or big and wide with various buckles that can be purchased separately to adorn a belt, such as a lion’s head or ‘The King Lives’ (for Elvis fans everywhere) written across it!
Jewellery Designers create anything from simple understated elegant pearls to huge ‘bling’ Swarovski crystal-encrusted pieces. It is supply and demand, and there are choices to match every personality and budget; albeit Tiffany creations or Costume Jewellery consisting of brightly coloured beads and day-glow plastics!
Eyewear is also an area that doesn't escape being accessorized! There are different coloured contact lenses to enhance the wearer’s eyes and also allow them to coordinate their eye colour to match their outfits. Some people even have piercings around and in their eyes – a process that thankfully has not caught on in the fashion world. For people who don’t need to wear glasses but like the idea of wearing ‘trendy’ frames with non-prescription lenses, they are now able to do this as fashion houses all over the world have realised that this is a definite trend; adopted by many. Sunglasses have to be the most obvious accessory for many and are seen as a fashion or identity accessory rather than essential eyewear to protect one’s eyes. Favoured by celebrities and impressionable teens, they are worn everywhere, even in nightclubs and bars to create the ultimate ‘cool and hip’ look.
Where once Watches were seen as an elegant timepiece nestling discreetly upon a person’s arm; it now seems that they have to be big and bad! Huge, brightly coloured ‘ice watches’ and Breitling copies are seen everywhere in the high streets and markets. There are colours and styles to match every outfit and car that the owner chooses to use that day. For those who still prefer the elegance of a handsome dress-watch, and see them as an investment rather than an accessory such as the Patek Phillipe or a Rolex, there is a choice in abundance from many reputable jewellery shops and watchmakers as well as department stores and online companies.
Handbags Purses and Wallets are available in many different styles, colours and ways they can be worn. From a simple clutch bag, to the messenger style over the shoulder bag; there is an abundance of choice for the uncertain shopper. Many like the idea of designer bags and see it as an investment and something to lovingly cherish. Carrying one allows them to feel special and noticed – it is a statement that says something about them as a person.
Neckwear such as Scarves and Shawls, bow ties, cravats and ties can be found in many department stores and fashion houses as well as individual chains such as Accessorize; which stock a huge amount of varying styles and colours.
Some people will only wear Leather shoes or purchase bags and jackets made from leather. Because it is a natural product, it has to be conditioned and looked after to ensure it doesn't dry out. Shoes made from leather are a preferred choice for many as they allow the footwear to ‘breathe’ thus preventing stale odour from the wearer’s feet.
Labels are an important factor when it comes to accessorizing as many fashion house designs are copied from the huge renowned global designers. Most people would prefer the ‘real thing’ when it comes to wearing labels, but there are some who even when money isn’t a factor, would simply say it is ridiculous to pay thousands for a handbag or sunglasses when something that costs considerably less does the job just as well! There is an abundance of fake designer labels and fashion accessories that are regularly being sold online and at local markets. There is a huge demand for these as consumers emulate their favourite celebrity or pop star. It is an illegal practise to produce and sell counterfeit goods as it is to purchase them. They are also of inferior quality and particularly in the case of sunglasses; probably don’t protect your eyes as they should.
Other not so obvious accessories include Attaches and Briefcases, primarily used by business people but also as holders for laptops and iPads.
Backpacks are a popular choice with teenagers and school children, as well as people who like Camping and Outdoors.
To source stockists and manufacturers of Accessories, an excellent way is to look at an online business directory (such as thebusinessindex.com). This will give the listing of reputable companies and their contact details.