A little bit edgy, a little bit funky, a little bit kitschy, POOLTRADESHOW is all about independent, art-inspired brands that march to their own beat. Buyers, come preview the following highlights at POOL and make sure to reserve some open-to-buy for these indie brands. PS: A portion is cash & carry too, just in case you want to up your own accessories vibe at the show!
And since no one knows your customers better than you do, we’ve lined up a few brands and made suggestions who they’d be perfect for.
IF SHE’S PROUD OF HER VICES
Cigs? Buttery popcorn? Champagne? Sugary cupcakes? Sparkle Bomb is a crazy fun jewelry line handmade in California whose motto is “Life is short and jewelry should be fun!” The laser-cut acrylic pieces are all embellished with genuine Swarovski crystals for lots of color and sparkle. The line started out with sparkly pink and orange initial necklaces and now includes everything fun!
IF SHE’S INTO PUNS AND CHILDISH HUMOR
Stationery company FINEASSLINES is “deeply dedicated to providing customers with high quality and hilarious greeting cards.” Plus, she can frame them as art prints if she’s the kind of person who’s never put stamp to envelope in her life. Every design is illustrated by the owner Sophia Elias and printed locally in Los Angeles.
IF SHE WANTS TO IMMORTALIZE THE WOMEN’S MARCH
Katie Dean Jewelry is delicate and meant to be layered, the better to reflect a women’s many layers! From sexy lariats to glammed-up evil eyes to initial pendants and these Women symbol rings (above), your customers will be able to make her own personal mix.
IF SHE’S A NATURALIST
Is your gal is more into natural fibers then chunky metals, Cartameb II is for her. Created from natural fibers, plant based dyes, and lead-free hardware, the designs are inspired by nature, both environmental and humanistic. The concept is to maximize fiber structures and minimize heavy metals, all achieved by reducing the hardware base and boosting durable and sustainable fibers in its place. The premier collection Indigo Gypsy include indigo dyed Lariat designs that have the dual purpose of being worn as a necklace or a belt. “car-ta-meb-2” is designed and developed in City of Angels. Made in the USA.
IF SHE’S INTO VINTAGE (AND MEN’S TIES)
Rooey Knots is a sustainable fashion brand that takes a menswear item and transforms it into a luxury, one-of-a-kind fashion accessory. It began out of a love for prints, patterns, vintage and thrift shopping. All of our materials are up-cycled, including suede and leather from secondhand jackets and vintage buttons sources from thrift stores. Each piece is hand sewn with special attention to detail.
IF SHE YEARNS FOR EXOTIC TRAVELS
American handcrafted jewelry brand Mod + Jo is mainly inspired by recent travels along with architecture and color combinations found in the city and nature. The founder, Jordan, has spent the past two years living abroad and traveling across over 10 countries, constantly turning her sketches into designs upon her return to the studio.
IF SHE’S A ROCK STAR
Earthling Jewelry celebrates jewelry of the Earth, with lots of raw stones and rocks. While dramatic on their own, these items are meant to be grouped and stacked for maximum impact.
IF SHE WANTS TO ADD SOME MAGIC TO HER PERSPECTIVE
MyWillows is the only line of sunglasses that also doubles as earrings and a necklace! These unique Made-in-Los Angeles frames feature temples replaced with chains that drape over the ears and are anchored by gems. Wear it backwards for a lariat necklace option.
IF SHE KNOWS WHAT’S GOOD FOR HER (AND THE ENVIRONMENT)