A.B.S. Jumps into Scarf Classification

ABS Scarves New York—Designer brand A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, known for its elegant and fun dresses, has just added one more accessories category to its roster: scarves.

La Fiorentina, a manufacturer of elegant fur, cashmere and silk scarves, has teamed up with ABS for its first-ever scarf launch, making its debut this holiday season.

“We worked from the dresses, incorporating the trims and embellishments that ABS is known for. We even made one scarf that uses material from a variety of the dresses,” says Ben Hassan, president of La Fiorentina. This item is shown at bottom.

The 25- to 30-piece collection features mainly oblong silhouettes with beads, sequins, lace, ruffles and other embellishments. Retails range from $70 to $80.

Holiday_'13_Page_2The ABS brand got a boost after designer Allen Schwartz, who launched the company in 1982 and is known as “the master of trend,” partnered with Armand Marciano, formerly of Guess Inc, in 2003. This strategic partnership allows Schwartz to focus and closely control design and production while Marciano drives licensee and distribution initiatives.


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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine

As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.