Filed under Dress Hats
Wholesale dress hats for women reach new heights in excellence this year. Colors, shapes, and materials all contribute to a superb year—actually, the most exceptional year in our 30 years of handling wholesale dress hats. First, the range of colors available this year is breathtaking.
COLORS IN WHOLESALE DRESS HATS EXPAND WITH SATIN HATS
The addition of satin dress hats this year adds a host of new colors. These rich colors are only limited to the range of colors in satin fabric. The palette includes lively colors, basics, and subdued hues.
Satin hats add colors like celery, lilac, hot pink, butter, and grape as well as rich tones of brown and navy. The basics of black and white are also included with the characteristic sheen of satin. These rich colors raise the bar on this spring’s selection.
MATERIALS FOR WHOLESALE DRESS HATS IN 2014
Wholesale dress hats for women this spring enjoy plenty of choices with a wide selection of materials. We have already mentioned satin hats with their eye-catching sheen. Organza hats are similar, but the sheen of organza has a luster.
Originally, organza was a silk product with the familiar luster of silk. Today synthetics capture the look. Both satin and organza do not have the body to maintain the hat shape. Wired brims and crowns provide the stability for these hat bodies.
Satin braid also has a satin sheen. Continually sewn cord-like satin creates these hats. The shape usually has small brims and high crowns. Made from satin, the colors again are rich.
Sinamay provides a different look with a slightly open weave and matte color. The Philippines are the main source for sinamay. It is woven from the natural fiber of the abaca plant in the banana family. The weave is slightly open and the material easily accepts dye. After stiffening, milliners shape sinamay into hats with wide brims being especially elegant. However, small brims are also eye-catching like the one shown.
Polypropylene is the traditional material for ladies dress hats. Veteran milliners remember when polypropylene was the mainstay of wholesale dress hats. Polypropylene hats use the sewn-and-braid process used to make Milan straws. The synthetic material is first braided and then continually sewn to create the hat body. They use very narrow bands of braided material delivers a quality look with a surprising reasonable price. These hats date back to the 1950s and perhaps earlier.
SHAPES OF WHOLESALE DRESS HATS FOR SPRING
The height of elegance in dress hats is wide brims. These flattering designs have 5 and 6 inch brims. This year, 7 inch brims add an even more dramatic statement in headwear. Widebrims come with a very clean look with little decoration as well as more extravagant looks that include ruffled edges. This year we see ripple brims that have a wavy shape—perhaps too daring for your conservative customers.
Many of these conservative customers are not comfortable with the flamboyant statement of wide brims. They are more comfortable with small brims. These hats provide endless possibilities. Brims can roll down, turn up, or be up on one side and down on the other like a cavalier shape. Brims can also be asymmetrical—narrow on one side and protruding on the other.
SPRING IS THE BEST TIME FOR WOMENS DRESS HATS
Wholesale dress hats offer plenty of possibilities for this spring. And the need for dress hats is at its peak in spring. In New Orleans alone, major dress hat events include a fundraiser for the New Orleans Opera Association called Mad Hatters and the Parade of Hats at The Fair Grounds for The Louisiana Derby.
Easter and Mother’s Day are still ahead of us. The Kentucky Derby is May 3 and a number of other derbies take place around the country. Fundraisers calling for dress hats are also very popular. Teas, luncheons, and outdoor weddings all call for dress hats.
Demand is huge for church hats every spring. Many summer church events require white dress hats. Most wholesale suppliers are out of summer hats when these are needed. We try to be deep in white dress hats to fill these needs.
Yes, there is a lucrative market for dress hats and this season the selection of wholesale dress hats is exquisite. It is hat retailers dream.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Filed under Wholesale Church Hats
When wholesale church hats arrive at shopping destinations for spring, they create springtime excitement. Like buds on a magnolia tree and tulipsprouts poking through the ground, this signals winter is over. This year we need an exceptional lineup of wholesale church hats to shake a stubborn winter that will not go away. Fortunately, this year we have it. Let’s review them starting with hat colors this season.
THE COLOR PALETTE FOR WHOLESALE CHURCH HATS
Every spring, we can expect wholesale church hats to include the Easter colors. This year threecolors on Pantone’s color palette for spring include shades close to baby blue, lavender, and mint green.
Neutrals also return every season as colors in wholesale church hats—black, ivory, beige, and gray. Again, beige and gray are on this season’s palette giving them additional emphasis.
Emerging colors for this season provide the fashionable side to wholesale church hats. This season Pantone’s palette includes freesia (an electric yellow), cayenne (a brick-like red), radiant orchid (a dark magenta), and dazzling blue (a light royal blue). These colors create stylish dress hats with appeal to fashion conscious women.
Graphic black and white enjoys its second summer season as a highlight in fashion trends. Even when not in the trends, this combination has a timeless appeal.
SPECIAL IMPORTANCE OF WHOLESALECHURCH HATS IN WHITE
White is an absolute need in church hats every year. Many church functions including conventions and workshops have a day that women are required to wear white hats. Most of these occur in the summer.
Hat wholesalers realize the best days for church hats are Easter and Mothers Day. They strive to be out of inventory by Mothers Day. This creates a problem for acquiring white church hats in summer months. To meet these needs, we set up a special category for dress hats in white. We strive to have depth to fill summertime needs.
MATERIALS FOR 2014 SPRINGCHURCH HATS
Materials for this season’s church hats have not changed. Most popular are sinamay, organza, satin braid, and the traditional look of polypropylene. Some shapes are inventive like the sinamay widebrim shown. The 5 ½ inch brim has a wavy double layer of sinamay separated by a layer of chiffon.
Also, organza hats provide a super wide brim. How do this hat keep its shape with the silk like material that lacks firm body? A wired brim maintains the hat’s shape. Stunning—don’t you agree.
Stocking wholesale church hats fro spring now is important. Winter has been unrelenting. Stubborn cold weather continues. Consumers are impatient for spring. When weather breaks, demand will be brisk. So prepare your customers now for the exuberance of spring with a cheerful display of spring church hats.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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Is there a season for wholesale masquerade masks? Maybe not a season, but mask purchases show a historical rollercoaster of ups and downs that tells us we are definitely in an upswing right now.
New Years Eve is fast approaching and Mardi Gras is next. Prom season is around the corner with interest growing year after year in masquerade as a prom theme. Masquerade balls and fundraisers happen in the spring with masks playing a major role.
WHAT MAKES WHOLESALE MASQUERADE MASKS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MASKS?
Today the common name for masks used for balls and parties is masquerade masks. Is there a difference between masquerade and Venetian masks? If we go back to Renaissance Venice, we see two things going on—the elite attending masquerade balls and common people watching the Italian Comedy in the marketplace. The moneyed class wore exquisite costumes. The common people enjoyed the slapstick humor of an unchanging cast of characters. All the male characters wore masks that identified each character.
Masking in Venice went deeper than this. In the sixteenth century, citizens of Venice masked six months of the year. Carnival was the height of masking. The artisans creating masks drew from all these sources. Inspirations from the Commedia dell’Arte, The Italian comedy, were the easiest to distinguish. The characters were the subjects for the designs. The difference between Venetian and masquerade masks is so involved that we will cover it in another blog.
WHOLESALE MASQUERADE MASKS AFFORDABLE FOR BUYING BULK MASKS
Inexpensive masks, mainly eye masks, comprise the masquerade mask selection. When events call for buying bulk masks on a budget, this is the place to look. Wholesale Masquerade masks can accommodate large groups on a low budget. In addition, the participants will be happy because these masks are appealing.
Perhaps the most familiar mask to most is the domino mask. Many refer to it as The Lone Ranger mask. Here are masks you can buy in bulk for under fifty cents. It is one of the original masquerade masks dating back to the Renaissance in Venice. Originally, a cape and hood accompanied it, much like a garment worn by priests. From that, it got its name derived from the Italian word for priest.
Domino masks come in color and have a texture of woven fabric. This is a popular choice for inexpensive masks for men.
The top selling masquerade mask for proms is the mask on a stick shown. Wonderful colors are available and the price is under $2.00—great for wholesale bulk masks that fit into a prom budget.
The selection has plenty to offer in masks for men, women, and children. Halloween, New Years Eve, and Mardi Gras are major events for wholesale masks. But throughout the year, other masking events are happening under the radar. Masks contribute to the fun atmosphere of quinceaneras, sweet sixteens, birthday parties, and numerous other get togethers. Most of these events need to stay within a budget. Wholesale masquerade masks build the festivities of these fun events with an attractive party item that is very affordable.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, December 28th, 2013
Filed under Uncategorized
Christmas parties, New Years Eve, Mardi Gras balls—we are at the time of year when dazzling jewelry reigns. And this year has seen the introduction of spectacular wholesale rhinestone jewelry as well as crystal jewelry. This jewelry will sparkle up showcases across the country.
WHOLESALE RHINESTONE JEWELRY FOR PROM
With a year that is flying by at lightning speed, can you remember prom? Prom girls this year focused on iridescent rhinestone. Necklace sets slowed some while dramatic earrings and bracelets gained ground. The demand for wholesale rhinestone jewelry in iridescent stones blindsided many wholesalers. They scrambled to find the items retailers needed.
Was this a fad or a trend? Fads burn out quick while trends can extend for a decade. Our own feeling is that prom girls in 2014 will again be looking for iridescent rhinestone bracelets and earrings in dramatic size.
WHOLESALE CRYSTAL JEWELRY RAISES THE BAR ON DRAMA
Soon after prom season, new wholesale crystal jewelry hit the market. Dramatic necklace sets shocked consumers with breath-taking beauty. Never before has crystal jewelry been so dramatic at such affordable prices. It was a new development for 2013 that brought excitement to fashion jewelry.
Early sets had garden themes and multicolor stones. Many had dimensionally shaped butterflies with pave’ crystals layered on the necklace. Other crystal necklace sets displayed multicolored stones in peacock designs.
Breathtaking soon dwindles to commonplace without innovation. But innovation was there. Wholesale crystal jewelry continued to astonish consumers. Accessories Magazine pinpointed the trend. They named it Estate Update. New gorgeous crystal necklace and choker sets were in the market for Christmas parties and New Years Eve.
Expect this fabulous crystal jewelry to continue into 2014 with many retailers already getting sales for Mardi Gras balls. Both choker sets and necklace sets will continue to excite your clientele as innovations keep the tend alive.
WHOLESALE RHINESTONE JEWELRY DELIVERS TRADITIONAL LOOKS
Getting back on track, we find wholesale rhinestone jewelry also delivering dramatic looks in necklace sets for New Years Eve.
What distinguishes rhinestone jewelry from crystal jewelry? The stones are the same. But crystals are hand set while rhinestone comes out of machines with the stones already set. The chain is spooled and designers cut and solder it to create rhinestone jewelry. Oddly enough, we consider rhinestone jewelry very traditional today and crystal jewelry innovative. The truth of the matter is everything before World War II called rhinestone was had set stones. The invention of the machine to make rhinestone chain occurred during the War.
Wholesale rhinestone jewelry has the dramatic looks also, but with a look we consider more traditional as shown above. Rhinestone jewelry is even more important for prom and bridal because of the delicate necklace sets. One of its strengths is versatility.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since last New Years Eve. This season you have dramatic options in wholesale crystal and rhinestone jewelry to offer your customers that weren’t there a year ago.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Filed under Fleur-de-lis Jewelry, Uncategorized
Are you amazed how long wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry has stayed in the limelight? So are we. Looking back this stuff was there before any other segment of fashion jewelry we deal with today. These other categories developed mainly from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Foil backed stones, the forerunners of crystals, developed in the 1800s, lead crystals by Swarovski around the turn of the century, Bakelite in 1907, Lucite in 1928, and the machine that makes rhinestone chain during World War II. However, fleur-de-lis jewelry has been around in various mediums since Clovis I, since the 400s.
Hurricane Katrina gave fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories a big shot in the arm. Why? Because the fleur-de-lis is the symbol of New Orleans and on the flag of Acadiana. The demand for wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry marches on thanks to never ending innovations.
WHOLESALE FLEUR-DE-LIS JEWELRY INNOVATIONS
Jewelry, accessories, and gifts are all part of the obsession with this royal emblem, but what retailers look for the most is wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry. And this is the category that sees the most innovation.
A fresh look in fleur-de-lis necklace sets will satisfy many personalities. Those that love the current trend of dramatic jewelry will appreciate this set with a dramatic fleur-de-lis medallion in pewter finish. You also get a bonus of turquoise beading that is popular in today’s market.
On the opposite end is a petite fleur-de-lis set with small pendant in the center, tiny fleur-de-lis symbols in line with the delicate chain and tiny matching fleur-de-lis earrings.
New brooches are also driving interest. Most exciting is this large pin with silver plating and jewel tone purple and green color. A subdued look that also makes wonderful Mardi Gras favors.
Among new earrings are crystal studded black and gold earrings that match a pin, FL272.
WHOLESALE FLEUR-DE-LIS ACCESSORIES
Wholesale fleur-de-lis accessories expand into another area with headbands that match the earrings above. These are the kind of eye-catching innovations that are keeping customers interested in fleur-de-lis items.
Belts add more innovation to fleur-de-lis accessories. A gathered leatherette belt has a shiny patent leather-like sheen with a fleur-de-lis buckle with bronze finish. Innovative? Yes, the first belt listed under fleur-de-lis accessories.
Any trend survives on innovation. But fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories is something special. It is ingrained in the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Add the ingredient of innovation and fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories take on a timeless quality.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Filed under Fashion Accessory News
The battle for Christmas business is raging. Small business needs an edge and wholesale jewelry and accessories can be their weapon. A recent invitation to a webinar from NetElixar put it well, “With 6 less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the 2013 holiday season was expected to be brutally competitive and more difficult than any other.” That is exactly why small business needs an edge—and they can find that edge in wholesale jewelry and accessories.
Too simple to be true? Think about this. Customers are shopping to fill needs. Many gifts require a specific thing. The jewelry of major retailers is generic. Small business gets specific with items that cut straight to the need. Three market areas are practically exclusive ground for small business:
- Wholesale Jewelry–Perceived value
WHOLESALE JEWELRY WITH PERCEIVED VALUE
Wholesale jewelry with perceived value—what are we talking about? Let’s put ourselves in your customers’ shoes. When they give gifts at home, they seldom worry about what a family member might be thinking about their gift. But when they give gifts in an exchange at work, the last thought they want going through the mind of the receiver is, “I saw it at Walmart”. At the same time, your customer can’t spend a fortune on every gift.
Gemstone Jewelry has Perceived Value
This is why small business is important. They specialize. One specialty of many small businesses is gemstone jewelry. The customer sees intrinsic value in gemstone. Yet it is often the same price or less expensive than fashion jewelry.
Take the rose quartz necklace set shown. Rose quartz may be the most popular semi precious stone after turquoise. This necklace set has attractive design. It also has the cold feel characteristic of gemstone and unique interesting inclusions provided by nature. The wholesale price is under $10, as inexpensive as fashion jewelry. And no one can say they saw it at Walmart. Actually they won’t find it anywhere except in a small business location.
Another example is the turquoise bracelet pictured. Turquoise is definitely the most popular gemstone. Even in year like this when turquoise is not in the fashion trends, it enjoys strong demand. Granted, the turquoise in the showcases of retailers is reconstituted, it still has the beauty of gemstone quality turquoise that is $1,500 a pound for raw stone. Giving gemstone jewelry as gifts is perceived as giving something of value.
Gifts Items with Perceived Value
Like gemstone, pewter has perceived value. One exceptional looking gift is pewter sculptured writing pens. They come in a number of designs and themes with clean craftsmanship that uses deep sculpturing. To add to the look of value, each one comes in a black velvet bow with white satin lining. Unusual gift like this are only available from small retailers.
WHOLESALE JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES IN THEMES
Besides gifts fro family members, Christmas shoppers need a number of other small gifts for teachers, priests and ministers, co-workers, fellow members of clubs or organization, and more. The most thoughtful gift the shopper can give is themes.
Here is a list of categories on our site that have theme jewelry and accessories:
- Theme Pendants
- Theme Earrings
- Polyester Scarves
- Music Jewelry and Accessories
- Sports Jewelry
- Charm Bracelets
Themes show the giver cared enough to go out and find something meaningful. I have only seen selection of theme jewelry and accessories at small business locations.
WHOLESALE JEWELRY BASICS
Wholesale jewelry basics are the items that provide needs. A good example is fashion chains and chokers for pendants. Far more locations sell pendants than sell a choker to put them on. Without chains or chokers, a person can’t wear a pendant. Have you ever seen chokers for pendant in a major retail location? I haven’t. When customers need this basic, the source is small business.
You find a number of other basic needs like this only in small specialty shops. Another example is converters that allow the option of wearing pins as pendants. I doubt whether you ever saws this in Macy’s.
Competition is brutally competitive this Christmas, but small business has exclusives consumers need. This gets these retailers through the Christmas season. Then small fashion businesses come into their prime time—the months following Christmas. These are the months they shine with Mardi Gras, prom. pageants, dance competition, Eater, and endless other events that call for jewelry and accessories.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Filed under Fashion Business Trends
Small Business Saturday is a concentrated effort to get shoppers to frequent small businesses when shopping. This probably has limited success. The real advantage for small business is their position as the only game in town for many categories that consumers want. Since fashion jewelry and accessories is the focus of this blog, that will be the area we will cover. Here are three categories of merchandise that are somewhere between hard and impossible to find in the halls of the majors.
WIDE SELECTION OF HOLIDAY JEWELRY AT SMALL BUSINESS
Christmas parties and New Years Eve will create a frantic search for dresses and accessories that will stand out. Dresses will be everywhere in the big box stores. But what about the crystals and rhinestone jewelry to accessorize them? In this category, the majors are weak. Look at the showcases of leading department stores an you will see the selection is limited.
The place to find a wide selection of rhinestone and crystal jewelry that will be the perfect match for an outfit is small business—specialty shops that have a generous selection of sparkling jewelry for head-tuning looks.
From lavish crystal necklace sets that made their entrance into the formal jewelry market in 2013 to understated sets that appeal to more conservative shoppers, specialty stores in small business have the selection.
If shoppers prefer to accessorize with glamorous earrings rather than a necklace set, these same shops have plenty of options. And they also have a selection of bracelets to complete the look.
SMALL BUSINESS HAS QUALITY CHRISTMAS JEWELRY
There’s another aspect of Holiday jewelry—the Christmas jewelry that is part of those warm childhood memories that still bring joy. Classy Christmas jewelry is becoming an endangered species. Creating quality fashion jewelry is an art. From design to excellence in craftsmanship requires time and diligence. Many manufacturers feel the effort isn’t worthwhile for a short season. But small entrepreneurs are relentless in their search for exceptional items to please their customers.
One of the leaders in manufacturing quality fashion jewelry is “Best. Their Christmas line goes through all the processes of expensive sterling silver. Like many other exclusive lines, the only place to find this Christmas jewelry is small business locations.
“Best” has a signature process of stamping detailed designs form a thin sheet of metal. The jewelry has raised relief and a precisely cut plate seals the back just like sterling. Next comes plating, polishing, and sometimes color with epoxy. Most pieces are pendants that can also be worn as pins. When your customers buy this Christmas jewelry to give as gift, they are giving the next generation of quality collectibles.
ACCESSORIES IN THEMES—A SMALL BUSINESS EXCLUSIVE
Accessories in themes carry a message caring and sincerity. The giver took time to search for a gift that is really meaningful to the receiver.
Scarves in Themes
Scarves are an example. Oblong polyester scarves are a classy accessory with the look and feel of silk. Their popularity is timeless. While other scarves trend up and down, consumers never tire of these oblongs. They come in an infinite number of prints, but one strong feature about these scarves in themes.
Searching the site turns up major categories of these scarves in religious themes, music themes, and nearly every seasonal theme. Other themes include floral, pets, fleur-de-lis, occupations, and animals from horses to elephants.
Since this is Christmas, scarves for the season are certainly very popular. The poinsettia scarf shown really connects with consumers.
Ties in Themes
What about gifts for men? The traditional gift has always been ties. Every year Dad gets a tie. This year it can be special with theme ties. Choose from ties for occupations, sports, sea life, gaming, as well as seasonal ties. There are entire categories dedicated to American flag ties and Christian ties. Fleur-de-lis ties are a favorite men’s gift in Louisiana.
How many times have you heard—it’s hard to shop for men? Now you can find something meaningful in themes for men. Only small business offers all these themes in ties.
THE SOURCE OF SPECIALTY GIFTS IS SMALL BUSINESS
Anyone searching for a specialty gift has to think of small business. In many cases, it is the only place to find these items. One good example is church hats. A favorite gift for moms that wear a hat to church on Sunday is church hats. We have been in the wholesale jewelry and accessory business for 28 years and it was true even before that.
Where in the world can a person go to buy Mom a nice winter church hat for Christmas? Who is going to have a selection? You have to find a specialty shop handling these hats. And that is going to be a small business location. They have the shapes, colors, and styles that gives the shopper options.
This is one example. Small business is the source for nearly every niche and specialty item. When the Holidays are over, consumers still need small business. Who has the selection of prom jewelry, pageant and dance accessories, Mardi Gras items, and a big selection of Easter hats? Small business not only supplies consumers’ needs, it also provides more than half the jobs in America. It is great to have these industrious entrepreneurs with their enduring creativity. They are the hardy breed that battles every obstacle striving to survive and succeed.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Filed under Uncategorized
Are we overlooking some fashion jewelry items that have high consumer interest? One of those categories is brooches. Whenever we think of brooches, Grandma’s jewelry box comes to mind. Yes, that is part of it, but when we are done with this blog hopefully we will see that Grandma’s good taste in jewelry is only the tip of the iceberg.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF COSTUME JEWELRY
Since we mentioned that jewelry box, let’s start there. Collectors consider the era of fabulous fashion jewelry to be between the 1930s and 1960s. Outstanding fashion jewelry houses competed during this era with designs that were unquestionably the most exquisite in the history of fashion jewelry. Deservingly so, this period is called The Golden Age of Costume Jewelry.
Brooches are big part of the jewelry produced in this era. Consumers’ infatuation with these designs prompts today’s manufacturers to create brooches inspired by The Golden Era. Crystal brooches are big a part of these inspirations. The brooch shown seems to be an inspiration of designers working mainly with crystals like Eisenberg. He was originally from Austria and created an infinite number of glamorous designs relying on Austrian crystals.
Actually, a number of designers from this era were from Austria—Nettie Rosenstein, Hattie Carnegie, and more. You can read their stories in Costume Jewelers by Joanne Dubbs Ball. She covers the era in an interesting and professional way.
This fantastic era of costume jewelry uses themes from nature profusely. Flowers, birds, sea life, animal life, insects—they are all included. Today’s designers find inspiration in these designs that have timeless appeal to consumers.
WHOLESALE BROOCHES FOR BRIDAL
Brooches for bridal are nothing new. Designs incorporating pearls are preferred. They are a popular bridesmaid gift.
What is new is bridal bouquets made from brooches. Use images to search for them on line. These are a real work of art from the 21st Century.
Nearly every manufacturer of brooches has some seasonal brooches in their line. Even women that think brooches are not their style have to admit they like a classy Christmas pin. Christmas pins are the leader in seasonal brooches. And they have been in the market for many years. Collecting Rhinestone and Colored Jewelry shows vintage Christmas tree pins valued between $75 and $110.
Recent Christmas jewelry has produced fabulous pins in resin. Many cute designs have amazing detail like the gingerbread house pin shown.
PENDANTS DOUBLING AS BROOCHES
For the last twenty-five years, “Best” has produced a magnificent line of pendants that double as pins. These are the collectibles of the future. His process is intense, considering we are talking about fashion jewelry.
The technique works mainly with metals. Each piece begins with a thin sheet of metal stamped with raised relief to create amazing detail. Plaiting, polishing, and sometimes epoxy for color follow. Yes, they do seasonal jewelry including Christmas jewelry. The pendant shown is an example. It doubles as a pin.
Themes are almost endless in this line. And most pendants double as pins. This classy jewelry can deliver a theme— everything from magnolias to motorcycles. .
MARDI GRAS PINS
As the end of the year draws near, New Orleans and many other areas begin to think of Mardi Gras. The most popular jewelry for this occasion is Mardi Gras pins. As consumers get into the Mardi Gras spirit, they are shopping for pins with local retailers. This jewelry is also a popular favor for Mardi Gras royalty and members of Krewes attending balls.
Wholesale brooches can be fun, glamorous, elegant, and whimsical. These brooches accent an outfit from head to toe—from hats to shoes. Theme brooches announce what the wearer cares about. And those brooches in Grandma’s jewelry box show the height of good taste. Think about wholesale brooches when stocking for Christmas shoppers.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Filed under Scarves, Uncategorized
In some ways, wholesale scarves are a sleeper. They don’t get a lot of fanfare and yet they are important in accessorizing—even more important at Christmas. Why at Christmas? Because scarves are a tasteful way to accessorize for the Holidays. They also make easy gifts to give.
Still scarves seem to lack stability. New styles constantly pop up and disappear within a few years. Sometimes they are gone in one season. However, there are stable wholesale scarves that are timeless.
WHOLESALE SCARVES THAT ARE TIMELESS AND TASTEFUL
Wholesale scarves have been in our line for more than 25 years. The first scarves we carried are still the top selling ones today. THIS IS STABILITY! We are talking about polyester oblongs. They have gorgeous prints, solid colors, themes—just about everything you want in a scarf.
The polyester scarves have a silky feel. Most measure 13 inches wide and 60 inches long. Your customers can wear them long, wrap them closer to the neck, or tie them in bows or rosettes. Wendy’s Lookbook will show you 25 ways to wear them in 4 ½ minutes.
These oblongs also have something for any time of the year, for every holiday and season. Of course, the season that is important right now is Christmas. Christmas scarves have prints ranging from elegant to fun. The poinsettia scarf shown is hard to beat for elegance.
On the fun side, Christmas scares have cute themes like the snowman scarf on the left.
Beyond Christmas, wholesale scarves in polyester cover nearly every holiday. The first event after Christmas is Valentine’s Day followed by Mardi Gras. Yes, there are oblongs for both these occasions, and for Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and Halloween.
WHOLESALE SCARVES IN THEMES
These timeless scarves also fill many needs in themes. Often church groups and choirs need matching scarves in a religious theme. This theme has an entire sub-category dedicated to it.
Patriotic events and holidays call for Americana prints with stars and stripes. Choral groups, theatres, and choirs want music themes. New Orleans and Louisiana residents love fleur-de-lis scarves.
In addition, there are many other themes like occupations for teachers, dentists, and doctors. There are garden themes like butterflies and blossoms, also safari themes like zebras, elephants, and animal prints. These wholesale scarves are truly versatile. That is the main reason they make great Christmas gifts.
SCARVES THAT DELIVER COLOR
Polyester oblongs come in solid colors, but another popular scarf that delivers color is pashminas. Originally, the soft undercoat of pashmina goats found high in the Himalayas provided the wool for these scarves. One goat shed 3 to 5 ounces of this sort undercoat every spring. No doubt, this was an expensive process.
Later herds were started in Mongolia’ reducing the price. Today these scarves wholesale for under $6 so you know we are not talking the same material and procedure. Still pashmina scarves today have a very soft feel and are excellent for providing solid color. These scarves first became popular about five years ago and now are a household word. That makes them an excellent choice to go with polyesters in your scarf display.
Most retailers find it hard to keep up with trendy scarves. Many are a one-season flash in the pan. If you have talent at accessorizing with scarves and can show your customer, trendy scarves are for you. If not, watch Wendy’s Lookbook video with a link above and you will know all you need to know to sell polyesters.
If you want trendy scarves, visit that category on our site and you will find a variety in Ikat prints, rayons, and boho for the sixties look. There are also crinkle scarves, animal prints, and paisley prints. Wholesale scarves serve a lot of markets and satisfy a number of customers. They are important as Christmas gifts. When stocking for the Holidays, don’t overlook this key item that never makes a big splash, but always sells.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, November 8th, 2013
Filed under Uncategorized
Something new is happening in wholesale crystal jewelry in 2013. Accessories Magazine labels the movement Estate Update. We are talking about dramatic designs in wholesale crystal jewelry. These statement pieces are quickly populating showcases across the nation.
This is new in 2013. In 2012, these dramatic looks in crystal necklace sets were not found or were rare. One catalyst for these dramatic designs is the improved quality of acrylic stones. Another is the improved quality of Chinese crystals. Together these stones can produce elaborate crystal necklace sets with wholesale prices below $40–most of them below $30. Suddenly rivals of The Royal Jewels are affordable for everyone.
START OF DRAMATIC WHOLESALE CRYSTAL JEWELRY TREND
Crystal bracelets and earrings ushered in dramatic looks. The bracelet shown is typical. You might think this is nothing new, and you are right. However, bracelets and earrings planted the seed for dramatic crystal necklaces.
We can look back to 2012 for crystal necklace sets using large stones in dramatic designs. These first sets used all acrylic stones. They were eye catching and still sell. The set pictured is an example. The vast improvement in acrylic stone quality made this possible. It was nearly impossible to distinguish acrylic stones from lead crystal stones. Retailers stocked this wholesale crystal jewelry that quickly grabbed the attention of consumers. However, the developments in wholesale crystal jewelry that came in 2013 stole their thunder.
In the first half of 2013, this wholesale crystal jewelry began to show up. These crystal sets included multicolor designs. The necklace sets often used garden themes. Designs were breath taking and prices so affordable.
SECOND GENERATION OF WHOLESALE CRYSTAL NECKLACE SETS
By August, Accessories Magazine included them in their “What to Buy” section. The next generation of wholesale crystal necklace sets was showing up for fall. Designs with all clear stones or iridescent stones stormed the industry. The iridescent choker set shown was top on the list of popularity.
Wholesale prices continued to shock—not because they were expensive, but because they were so affordable. The dramatic crystal necklace set shown carries a wholesale price under $20. Now everyone could have the Red Carpet look for balls and Holiday.
WILL THE DRAMATIC CRYSTAL JEWELRY TREND LAST?
No doubt, dramatic crystal jewelry will command attention the rest of this year and into 2014. It’s more than eye pleasing. It’s captivating. This crystal jewelry grabs attention with luxurious design. It shocks again with low wholesale prices. It is new, beautiful, and affordable. That makes it irresistible. Innovation is the key to popularity. New designs will keep it in the jet stream. When fresh designs no longer shock the sense of beauty, it will lose its luster to a certain degree and settle into the category of crystal jewelry as another option.
Posted by Michael Gietl on Friday, November 1st, 2013