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Accessory Designer
 


Designing accessories is like topping the cake with icing. Accessories are often thought of as jewelry, and hence the job of an accessory designer limited to that of designing jewelry. However, jewelry is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few other options for you as an accessory designer.


  • Precious and semi-precious metal and stone jewelry pieces
  • Headwear (hats, scarves, etc.)
  • Footwear (shoes, sandals, hosiery, etc.)
  • Bags and handbags (backpacks)
  • Apparel ornaments
  • Hair ornaments
  • Bows, ribbons, ties and other fabric ornaments
  • Sunglasses and frames
  • Watches
  • Custom design accessories for designers and large retailers
  • Custom design accessories for movies and films
  • Custom design accessories for exclusive clienteles

Even though only a select few accessory designers grow into large accessory brands, most successful accessory designers earn decent income to lead a fulfilling lifestyle.

 
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bullet01 What does an "accessory designer" do, actually?

An accessory designer designs and creates various jewelry pieces and ornaments to be worn with trendy fashion apparel. This includes but not limited to any embellishments made of gold, silver, metal, plastic and fabric.

There are all sorts of "fashion accessories," thus the sky is the limit. Within a specific niche, there are also sub niches, such as certain age limits, lifestyles and other preferences.

If budget is limited, you can even sell your designs by yourself. This way, the profit that usually goes to a middleman will be absorbed by you alone. Here are some ideas on where and how to market your designs.

  • Online store (eCommerce)
  • Consignment retailer 
  • Mall kiosk
  • At-home party
  • Home boutique (turn one room into a boutique)
  • Tiny space at neighborhood strip mall
  • Space within a large department store

You can be an accessory designer wherever you live regardless of your past experiences and educational background, which is the beauty of this business. Whether you live in a small town or a big city, you could well be a part of this promising industry. A sensible plan is all that needs to go in!

 
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For those with entrepreneurial spirit, selling your own designs is a great fit. Oftentimes, you can start an online store with only very little investment, even if you don't have any prior business experience. There are also opportunities for those who prefer to start a larger boutique later.

Auxiliary items can also be considered to "piggyback" your designs.
These are basically non-competing items that will complement your products.

  • Party items
  • Exclusive souvenirs
  • Candles
  • Cosmetics
  • Fancy stationery
  • Fancy boxes and favors 

It is often believed that you need to be qualified professional, with a recognized degree as a designer, to start your own accessory business. However, many a known brands have overshadowed this myth, without much of education or investments. All you need to keep in mind is that your designs should command a price that fits it best, as perceived by a potential buyer.

The key to success as a designer is
‘The ability to sell a dream to your customer(s); a dream that looks good on them; a dream that shall help them grow into confident individuals’.
   
   

 
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