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BOHEMIAN HIPS Photos and Article by Stylist Patricia Parenti
Spring/Summer 2015 season full of upscale designer women's accessory brands.  I attended the show January 5-7, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This show is part of the ENK family of trade shows which caters to bridge to designer labels for the wholesale trade. I interviewed designers that brought a fresh new perspective to the market. Women always say to me "oh your so lucky to be able to get merchandise from new and upcoming designers".  Now I'm offering the public a chance to order some of the fabulous new styles that I've seen at the show.
BOHEMIAN HIPS by Kimberly Ponniah (seen wearing her own creations in the photo above) is a line of utility belts and belt bags of heavy duty distressed leather and recycled rubber in chocolate brown or black accented with brass studs, brass pocket closures and fringe. All the belts fit perfect on your hips with buckle or adjustable strap closures. The deep pockets are great to store your cell phone and other personal belongings so that their is no need to carry a purse on your hiking adventures.   Perfect for the urban jungles of NYC and LA or the real jungles of Brazil, India and West Africa which Kimberly has been in and where her inspiration grew from. Retail price range $50.00-$300.00. To order
BLU + BAKER by Cathy Baker is an exotic skin (water snake and python which is dyed in pretty sherbet colors, treated in matte, glazed, pearlized and bleached finishes ) handbag line proudly made right outside of NYC. Being that I'm an expert in the accessories business I'm telling you her quality is equal or better than any bag from Europe because of her involvement in the manufacturing process. As you can see in the photos above all the bags are lined in lambs leather, piped on the outer edges with leather, the hardware is silver and the zippers are very heavy duty so when you open and close the bag the snakeskin doesn't rip. Cathy really gets today's working women for she put in many expanding suede pockets that hold cell phones, reading glasses, money, keys and make-up (she also encloses a mirror in every bag for you to apply your lipstick on the go.)  There are matching accessories that coordinate with the bags such as cuffs-$75.00 , key-chains-$35.00, and cosmetic bags-$300.00 (all prices are retail.)  Many of the bags come with a cross body strap which is perfect for walking in NYC or shopping in the supermarket in the suburbs. Retail prices for the bags $300.00-$900.00. To get your hands on one of these beautiful bags go to
REBEL DESIGNS by Gina Riley (whom I've know many years from the trade show circuit) has created a new jewelry line called REBEL REFINED meaning a refined version of her original line which is for the rebel spirit that is in everyone of us.  Everything is made right here in NYC and the quality is superb. The line is 18K gold over base metal or brass. Some of the styles of the designs are sculptured metal collars (Retail price $85.00-$200.00) that fit perfectly over your collar bone and cuffs (Retail price $85.00-$140.00) with faceted Swaroski crystal colored stones put in by hand in the metal part with leather straps in the back.  Other ideams of jewelry are rings (retail price $85.00-$105.00) and earrings.  She also makes handbags (Retail price $200.00- $800.00) seen in the photo above in black leather made in NYC. To order any of these quality pieces of jewelry that will not fall apart such as the imports do go to
MARGO MORRISON NEW YORK is a line of freshwater pearls and natural gemstones in aquamarine, moonstone and blue lapis jewelry that is hand knotted between each bead on durable nylon cord in their NY studio. The pearls come in such luscious pastels such as gray, pink, ivory and white. Stunning pieces to wear for black tie events, bridal or just with a sweater and jeans. Retail prices $300.00-$5,000.00. To order these keepsakes

MAR Y SOL is a fair trade and sustainable line of raffia straws handmade/hand dyed in Madagascar. These are pretty hats, totes, bags and cosmetic cases to take to the beach or pool with you. The bottom photo shows off the great quality inside of the tote and I love the colorful tassels on the outside. Retail prices $75.00-$150.00. To buy these colorful accessories
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