Gift Focus inc Attire Accessories - March/April 2024

3 One thing we know as independent retail, is that encouraging consumers to shop local is imperative to keep our community thriving. And a new study from fintech firm Miconex has showcased how local gift cards are driving spend for independent retail and businesses. Check out the guest blog this issue on page 34 to find out more. Other business advice looks at circular fashion, as well as the three services your small business should be outsourcing. Alongside great business advice, we’re also highlighting some top product to help you cultivate a store worthy of new and repeat business, sure to entice consumers young and old. Looking at timeless and fashionable accessories, we place a focus on leather goods, while also spotlighting the best of women’s jewellery on the market. With warmer climes just around the corner, we’re also showcasing spring accessories for those customers who love to jump on a theme (guilty). With the wellness trend going nowhere fast, we’ve also created a new feature looking at items that tick this box and will sure to be a consumer favourite for both gifting and self-purchase. Alongside a look at clutch bags, we also have the regular show news, new products and insideindustry info. Enjoy the issue! Editor Louise Prance @AttireAccessories @AttireAccessories @AttireAccMag EDITOR LOVES With spring here, I’m fully focused on light, fresh jewellery offerings, and this beautiful necklace from is just the ticket. 5 INDUSTRY NEWS All the latest from the world of accessories 9 BRAND SPANKING NEW Latest launches and brand-new products 11 ON WITH THE SHOW All the latest from the industry events 12 COMPANY PROFILE Jerome Pugh, Founder of Academie, champions French sustainable fashion brands. Here, he gives an insight into the company’s journey 14 DURABLE FASHION Leather accessories are timeless and classic, complementing any outfit for years to come 17 GRAB BAG Clutch bags to stock 20 A ‘ME’ MOMENT Wellness is a hot trend, with these wellbeing accessories ticking the self-care box nicely 23 SPRING FORWARD Check out this array of spring-themed accessories 27 LET ME ADORN YOU Women’s jewellery is a perennial bestseller both as a gift or a self-purchase 30 OUTSOURCING OPPORTUNITIES Owen Campbell, Operations Director at Kura, the UK’s largest independent outsourcer of customer service solutions, shares the three services your small business should be outsourcing 33 CIRCULAR FASHION A new study has revealed that the majority of senior executives in the fashion industry are committed to abolishing plastic 34 BLOG Local gift cards are driving spend in high streets and downtowns around the world, says fintech Miconex CONTENTS On the cover Lily Charmed Shop local