2013 Manufacturing Trend: Tech Accessories

For the tech savvy, it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to zero in on this trend, especially when we all know what a pain it is to carry around our boring, uninspired, one-noted gadgets. I personally would love to jazz up my USB Flash Drive, iPhone, iPad, etc. to beautiful, utilitarian masterpieces of art. Wouldn’t you? Stylesight.com highlights just a few of the latest:

1. Built-in audio accessories and speakersImage

2. Wearable TechImage

The above photo highlights include Google’s augmented reality glasses that display information like a smart-phone via internet and voice commands (center, left), Pebble’s personalized smart watches that connect to iPhones and Androids via Bluetooth to alert you on e-mails, incoming calls and messages all through seamlessly integrated apps and GPS (bottom, right).

3. Futuristic & Ultra-modernImage

Transparent plastics, holographic and metallic shiny stuff, oh my! You may have been around when those tacky plastic handbags and purses were in (eek!), but this sheds a whole new light on how to stay timeless and fashionable. Thanks to Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and other not to big name designers, your gadgets can now be even more high-tech with these modern, sleek silhouettes, materials and designs.

4. More Plastics!Image

But I guess if you’re really going to bring back the plastic trend (or fad), here’s how to really do it justice.


Menswear and the Bespoke Movement

With in the last 5 years, Americans have been shifting away from mass production into a more tailored, handmade, handcrafted product movement. Whether this be for the food we eat, the home furnishings we use, or (for the purposes of this blog) the clothing we wear.

FSC menswear

In my research I’ve just come across the brand, Freemans Sporting Club, a company specializing in men’s dress clothes. More importantly, their focus is on tailoring and customization.

“Freemans Sporting Club was established to pay tribute to the vanishing art of American handmade goods, and the quality and durability inherent in something made by skilled artisans.

F.S.C. offers a roughly hewn yet refined reinterpretation of this bygone era, when a man’s garments were functional and long lasting. “Made Local, Buy Local” are core tenants of the F.S.C. ethos and nearly all of the collection is manufactured within ten miles of the shop.

Every F.S.C. garment is just a few hands removed from where it began and is made by a new generation of artisans, tailors and sewers who once flourished across the US. F.S.C. remains steadfastly dedicated and proud to be an American-made product.” – FSC’s About Statement


They measure and make each of their suits in Brooklyn, NY.

“FSC is not the only local menswear brand ringing up sales, thanks to the category’s first meaningful growth spurt in years. Sales of men’s clothing nationwide jumped 4.9%, to $56.5 billion, for the 12 months ended in March, outpacing womenswear, which grew 4.2% in the same period, according to research firm NPD Group Inc. The uptick is paying off handsomely for several companies that produce most of their merchandise in the Big Apple—such proximity provides quality control, and allows for smaller batches of product” – Crains New York Article


I feel American consumers are wanting products that will last longer and have a more individualist feel rather than buying something so mass produced that everyone on your block has one, and we’re willing to pay for the exclusivity of that handmade item.

“Consumers are looking for stories because the world is full of mass-produced objects that anyone can buy. So what’s interesting for consumers is a product they can tell people about through the knowledge and experience they gained”
– Henry Mason, head of research and analysis at consultancy Trendwatching




Menswear Windows and Displays

Let’s face it. Most men aren’t big fans of shopping. So advertisers and visual merchandisers need to catch their male customer’s eye quickly to grab their interest to come into their store and shop.

Here are a few current window displays and in-store displays for menswear and the menswear department.

p2i1 This amazing display is by Moncler

p3i3 Back to school theme for men at Top Man

p4i5 bold primary colors are shown at Saks Fifth Avenue

[all pictures courtesy of Stylesight.com]

Theme – there seems to be theme of clean-cut-ness in upcoming menswear. Collars, tailored cuts, and a dressier look is what is being shown in store windows and displays.

Culture – I have to believe that this tailored trend is coming from the “trickle down” theory where influence is coming from celebrities and important people in society. The idea of dressing more cleanly and maintaining and image of “upscale” is becoming very popular.

Silhouettes – As stated before, clean cut, slim silhouettes are continuing to trend in current displays.

Le Privee’s Take on the Little Black Dress for Valentine’s Day


[Pic courtesy of Retail Design Blog]

Le Privee takes on the, “Little Black Dress”, for this year’s Valentine’s Day.  Remember girls, it doesn’t have to be red or pink to be sexy for your Valentine.

Author- Jessica Dominguez

It’s the year of the Sssssnake!

Some lovely window displays went up in the Big Apple for the Lunar New Year, and while I could have lunmped them into my last post I felt that they needed their own blip.

By: Emily