Everyone is used to hearing about fashion shows and presentationts, but tradeshows are a bit more of a rarified atmosphere. More about business than entertainment, a tradeshow is where trends are found before the season hits, and it's where buyers and vendors meet to exchange goods for cash. The designers and products are on display to be evauated by people who are looking to satisfy customer needs.
After NYFW, for those who haven't jetted off to the UK or Europe, going to the tradeshows s like following up with the shows, and it's a way for accessory and jewelry designers to present their wares. The Coeur tradeshow takes place twice-yearly in New York and Los Angeles. The items presented were culled from a large number of brands who submit their invitation to be considered. Coeur, which is geared towards gifts, home and lifestyle, has a long tradition of showing in Los Angeles at the Cooper Design Space, but debuted in New York in August of 2012. They were housed at the 404 Space, a stone's throw from the Jacob Javits Center.
The show this past February was an eclectic mix of European and American jewelry designers, and fun accessories. Sarah Tarighi Murphy previewed her new Parmana line of handbags and clutches. Made from recycled materials, and upcycled, vegetable dyed goat leather, the bags are a way to create sponsor mentorships for disadvantaged youth. All materials are proudly sourced and assembled in America. The customizeable bags are available for wholesale orders.
There was a wide selection of handcrafted bijoux for buyers to choose from. Standouts included Toronto based artisan Flora Lam's delicately wrought gold and fiber pieces for her line, N. Historiae. Her intricately detailed designs are cared in wax that melts away during casting to leave lasting impression in rose and yellow gold. N. Historiae has been sold at Henri Bendel's, and you can buy pieces from her online shop. Price points are $120 for rings up to $425 for necklaces.
In today's markets, fragrances are more commonly inspired by celebrities or flowers. Beauty branding and marketing experts KVDNYC presented two collections that capture a life well lived and photographs in scent. Liason de Parfum, created by Nana de Bary, created a series of videos depicting her ideas. The fragrance 'Stay With Me' was like a whiff of youngest love. Olfactive Studios has actually teamed photogrphers and perfumers to create a range of unique and intelligent scents. Featuring imagemakers like Massimo Vitale, concept creator Celine Verleure has even put the botttles in boxes reminiscent of large format film packaging.The scents are rich, luxurious, bracing and timeless.
Alienina presented a range of tough looking pieces that utilized discarded rubber from cars and sailing rope. The pieces have an intricate braided texture, statement pieces that remind the wearer that trash isn't always garbage. Designer Eliana Venier collaboraed with Comme Des Garcons n a capsule collection in 2011. You can buy pieces like their rubber scarf from their online shop. Prices were in euros, so about $150 to $300 for bracelets, collars, and necklaces.
Other standouts were Hechizo's southwestern influenced (but made in Brooklyn) earrings, necklaces, and bolo's. Ceramic mixed with fringed suede on brass snake chains invoke the mesas of New Mexico. Touch Zero Gravity's fun deigns for cellphone covers. Colorful, exclusive, eclectic- the cases come in a range of sizes for different phones. Sophie Hughes of Boston's sophisticated oxidized silver jewelry. Delicate, but with a subtly rough-hewn feel.