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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine & accessoriesmagazine.com -- As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 15 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion 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.

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JEWELRY, OUTINGS TO DRIVE MOTHER’S DAY SPENDING TO RECORD-HIGH $23.6 BILLION

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Consumers say they will spend more than ever on Mother’s Day this year as they shower moms with everything from jewelry to special outings at favorite restaurants, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average …

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AAFA HONORS INDUSTRY LEADERS AT 2017 AMERICAN IMAGE AWARDS

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It was a star-studded industry evening as The American Apparel & Footwear Association welcomed executives and personalities from fashion and retail for its 39th AAFA American Image Awards held at the historic 583 Park Avenue. Emceed by award winning actor Alan Cumming, the event celebrated the industry’s finest while benefiting the …

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ITEM OF THE DAY: RAY-BAN BLAZE

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Ready to up your sunglass game? Check out Ray-Ban’s newest Blaze collection. This collection is as edgy literally as it is stylistically, featuring all metal laser-cut shapes. The flat lens-over-frame construction revamps the iconic Ray-Ban shapes for a clean-cut perspective. Look for it on original Ray-Ban icons such as the Round, Clubmaster, Shooter and …

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NPD’S MARSHAL COHEN TO PRESENT DURING UBM FASHION’S MAY ACCESSORIES SHOWS

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Whether you’re exhibiting at or attending UBM Fashion’s NY Women’s May Marketplace at the Jacob Javits Center (Accessorie Circuit, Intermezzo Collection, AccessoriesTheShow, POOLTRADESHOW, fame or MODA), definitely make time for “Retail Forward: Chasing the Accessories Consumer,” Sunday May 7th at 3 p.m., by Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group, Inc. This …

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ARTIST HAND PAINTS CELINE BAGS AT BARNEYS “EXCLUSIVELY YOURS” EVENT

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In-store personalization is one of the hottest touch points at the moment, from gold-leaf monograms to heat-pressed patches. But the trend is continually going more upscale, with commissioned artists painting right onto designer items purchased by consumers just moments before. Case in point: this weekend’s in-store customization event Exclusively Yours …

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BOOK LAUNCH PARTY TONIGHT: “IT’S ALL ABOUT SHOES”

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Looking for some fashion reading? Or just a gorgeous coffee table book? Check out “It’s All About Shoes” (teNeues), by Suzanne Middlemass. With 300 color photos, “It’s All About Shoes” focuses SOLE-ly (get it?) on footwear and international street style, underscoring how much footwear influence is now coming up from the …