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					NEWS                BTAA G August 2010 G Page 00

 The latest news from the
 British Travelgoods & Accessories Association

                  Quality                                                                                         Colours of winter
                                                                                                                           G Luxury bag brand Steven Harkin is
                  values                                                                                          introducing new colours to accompany next
                                                                                                                  season’s models. Golden mustard, orchid purple
                    For every designer who has                                                                    and elegant indigo blue will be the latest winter
                  ever thought long and hard                                                                      choices from the British-based designer and
                about their latest creation; for                                                                  manufacturer, whose current bestseller is the
 every manufacturer who has painstakingly                                                                         Kylie clutch, available in both white and white with
 crafted a beautiful accessory; and for every                                                                     black brogue. The company now has two
 retailer who has carefully arranged a                                                                            websites: for
 selection of gorgeous products in-store,                                                                         the online diffusion range and
 there is only one emotion when it comes                                                                 for bespoke leather
 to “pile it high and sell it cheap” fashion                                                                      designs. /
 accessories – complete and utter disdain.                G Leather heaven                               01621 783646
           It’s why I, along with so many others, was     G Importer GH Stafford & Son offers leather
 delighted to hear that consumer trends are               goods and accessories to suit all budget levels.
 shifting. After several seasons of value retailers       The extensive product range includes cowhide,
 selling cheap, high-fashion accessories to hoards of     sheep nappa and pigskin handbags, purses and
 eager customers, it seems that the bubble has            wallets, and a variety of belts, briefcases and
 burst, and women are turning their backs on              umbrellas. Established in 1947, in recent years the
 disposable fashion.                                      company has switched from manufacturing to
           For us in the trade, it’s recognition that,    concentrating on key relationships with selected
 eventually, quality will prevail. Now is the time        Far East suppliers. The showroom is located at
 for all of us to pull out all the stops, and remind      Walsall Enterprise Park, near to junctions 7, 9 and
 consumers that investing in well-designed,               10 of the M6 motorway. Enquiries from both
 well-made accessories is worth every penny in            large and small outlets are welcome, with a
 the long run.                                            minimum order value of €150.
 Diana Fiveash, chief executive, BTAA            01922 623993

 Slang style                                              It’s a breeze
            G Travel                                                G Keeping cool just got easier with the
 accessory distributor                                    launch of Micro Fan, the world’s smallest and
 St C has added Slang                                     lightest pocket travel fan. Developed by Design
 to its list of brands.                                   Go, which produces a wide range of travel
 The Barcelona-based                                      accessories, the Micro Fan may be pocket-size,
 brand has been
 established for two
                                                          requiring just one AAA battery, but its 10,000 rpm
                                                          motor delivers the power needed to refresh. The
                                                                                                                  Bags of enterprise
 decades, but in recent                                   fan features retractable blades for added portability             G The Old Bag Company has received
 years merged with                                        and, with an RRP of £6.99, takes the weight out         the prize for Enterprise and Endeavour at the
 Spanish distributor                                      of summer travel without lightening customers’          Federation of Small Businesses’ Devon Business
 DCM, joining a stable                                    wallets. 020 8906 8505                Awards 2010. The brand, founded by Sally Hurst
 that includes Benetton,                                                                                          in 2005, beat three other finalists during the FSB
 Levi’s, Lacoste and Fornarina. Slang is also the                                                                 awards ceremony at The Palace Hotel, Torquay
 biggest single name in DCN’s 20 Spanish                          Contact us                                      on 4 June. Offering colourful and practical styles in
 multi-brand luggage and accessory stores,                        G Any BTAA members with news                    fabric and leather, The Old Bag Company’s ranges
 accounting for over 25% of retail business. Slang        for the BTAA News page in Footwear &                    are named after each of Hurst’s five children. The
 bags and wallets are unisex and multifunctional,         Fashion Extras should contact Diana Fiveash             business currently supports Families For Children,
 with an unusual variety of fabrics and an attractive     on 0121 237 1107,,            a voluntary adoption agency and charitable trust,
 level of attention to detail. Retail prices range from   or Christina Williams on 01484 846069 or                by donating a percentage of proceeds from its
 £50 to £100. 01403 710717                                  Ellie Junior bags.
                                                                  G Visit                         01548 853444

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