Gift Focus inc Attire Accessories - September/October 2022

Industry news Find out about all the latest from the fashion accessories industry in our regular news roundup CAPRICE LAUNCHES SS2023 COLLECTION Shoe brand Caprice has launched its new spring/summer collection 2023, which is influenced by a ‘new lightness and feminine radiance.’ The variety of new styles combines natural casualness and exclusive design to create sporty elegance. The range follows the company’s commitment to wearing comfort thanks to innovative technologies such as Climotion. The City range in the Caprice collection is characterised by high levels of comfort and flexibility. The variety of different materials ranges from real Napa via velour to metallic leather. The smooth, high-quality deerskin in soft colour tones is distinctive and displayed in a selection of product groups. Patent leather is often combined with decorative elements. The materials are mixed with compositions of different leathers, sometimes with contrasting mesh insets. BLADE & ROSE LAUNCHES ECO RUCKSACK British childrenswear brand Blade & Rose has launched matching eco waterproof rucksacks and eco lunchboxes, made sustainably from recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles, to help save the planet for future generations. A welcome addition to Blade & Rose’s popular clothing and accessories ranges, the new collection features three of the brand’s bestselling prints for girls and boys – Frankie Lion, Maura Mouse and Highland Cow – and is sure to be a hit with little Blade & Rose fans. Built to withstand year-round British weather, they have been made from waterproof recycled polyester, and feature adjustable padded shoulder straps to keep little ones comfy and happy all day long. The roomy rucksacks feature a main zipped compartment, a front zipped section for quick access items and a mesh side pocket for water bottles. SANTE + WADE AGREES LICENCE DEAL WITH FRENCH CONNECTION Footwear brand Sante + Wade has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with high-street retailer French Connection. The footwear label will work with French Connection to develop, manufacture and market its footwear range for women’s collections within the UK and Europe. Amber Fenner, Licensing Manager at French Connection, had this to say about the new partnership, “Licensing is an integral part of our business at French Connection. To partner with an industry innovator whose ethos and quality align with ours is invaluable to bringing the consumer the best possible product at key price points.” The first collection will hit stores in the spring/summer of 2023 and offer various styles with retail prices ranging between £80 - £120.00. Sante + Wade’s Marketing Director, Agnès Cushnie, said, “Our philosophy is that everyone should have the opportunity to experience beautiful and comfortable shoes, whatever their size. We are delighted to partner with such a prestigious brand with a resounding success in the contemporary market.” 122