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ATTIRE

FIND OUT WHAT’S NEW IN FASHION

ACCESSORIES RETAILING

READERS’ POLL

What we’ve learnt from the latest reader

poll at

www.attireaccessories.com

What are your bestselling summer

accessories?

Sunglasses:

33%

Scarves and sarongs:

17%

Sandals:

17%

Sunhats:

33%

Industry news

ATTIRE ACCESSORIES

IS

COMING TO AN INSTAGRAM

FEED NEAR YOU

Instagram is one of the most vital social

networks out there. With many of our

clients, designer-maker friends and

industry favourites on Instagram, we’ve

realised the photo-sharing app is the place

to be for every type of business that wants

to build brand awareness – particularly in

the hyper-visual fashion market. So don’t

be shy; follow us at @attireaccessories

for all of our design inspo and exciting

observations in real time.

Edblad’s helping hand

As part of Edblad’s Helping Hand initiative, this year the

label has chosen to support the organisation together1heart.

Edblad has designed three pieces of jewellery for the

collection: stud earrings, necklace and bracelet.

For every sale from the Together collection, Edblad and

retailers worldwide contribute to the work of together1heart

centre in Cambodia.

Cathrine Edblad says, “I’m very proud of our Helping

Hand products, which enable us to donate money to various

charities, because with our design we can work towards our

vision to create a more beautiful world.”

together1heart (t1h) is a non-profit organisation

committed to increase the impact on the lives of young

women and girls who are victims, or at risk of being victims

of sexual trafficking, violence, abuse, rape, indentured slavery

and/or exploitation.Their work helps these women through

four channels: recovery, outreach, education and training,

and economic empowerment (sustainability). Southeast-Asia

holds the highest number of children sold in sexual slavery

per capita.

Sarah Ward visits The Bank of England

Sarah Ward, Chief Executive of the Giftware

Association, was exclusively invited to attend the

Bank of England’s Genesis Initiative meeting, for

the second year running.The Genesis Initiative

was formed to improve the quality of the debate on

SMEs in the UK and Europe to create economic

reform, driven by SMEs and supported by parliamentarians.

The meeting at the prestigious Bank of England in London

discusses aspects of the economy and will be attended by associations

like the Food Standards Agency and the Energy Industry Association

to build up a varied but functional view on where the country stands

in this present time. Prior to the meeting, GA members got a chance

to have their say with two surveys sent out: one an export survey

gathering views on how the country’s export habits are likely to

change in the light of Brexit.The second survey was more designed

to collect health data of individual companies to build an overall view

looking at a multitude of issues that affect everyday businesses from

pay rises to skill shortages, to how much a company is expected to

carry on doing business with Europe.

Sarah said, “I’m incredible honoured to have been invited back to

discuss how our members are faring and offer a different view from

the seemingly traditional associations.” She continues, “The first time I

attended this meeting my initial thoughts were that it’d be quite stuffy

and traditional, but it was quite the opposite with an attentive

audience who were really interested in what the GA members were

up to and how the GA is helping them. It was an education for all

parties. It’s great that we get invited to these things so we can share

our knowledge, and make our voices heard to the powers that can

hopefully enact change.”