Get Dad Back In The Game!: Top Father’s Day Picks From The Accessories Council

Have you even started the mad dash yet?  The scramble?  The perpetual motion of second guessing, what ‘iffing’, noggin tapping and department store scurrying that always happens around Father’s Day? You haven’t?  Well you’re not alone!  Much like the men’s sections in department stores, pharmacies and boutiques, the male customer always gets the short end of the stick (or the back corner of the selling floor).

Well if you haven’t noticed by now, a Male Renaissance has been going full swing for the last few years now.  They’ve become demanding and not complacent to just accept what the women in their lives propose.  With a wider array of products & styles offered and more attention being paid to them in stores, men are gradually coming into their own in regards to voicing what they want.  Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier to decide what to snag for Dad this Father’s Day, or does it?  If there’s more to offer then there’s more to choose from.  This means that instead of the time-honored ‘dad’ tie or three pack of dress socks, the options for Father’s Day suddenly have more depth, range and the ‘oh-so-overlooked’ cool factor.
Who knows this all too well but the Accessories Council.  Their top Father’s Day picks are walks in updated classics, modern notions and those little accents that men have gravitated towards in order to  differentiate their collective roars from the rest of the pride.



Clockwise from top left:  J Fold full grain vegetable tanned Italian leather wallets are a classic need in an updated fashion, Dr. Scholl’s Jason oxford are a nice way to keep him fashion forward and comfy as these are equipped with a velour suede upper, Memory fit foam® and cushy EVA midsole, Oliver Peoples Becket Sunglasses are a classic tortoise in the hands of a modern eyewear expert and Vasi Moda gives him just that little accent he needs to freshen up that somber sport coat with their colorful and exquisite silk pocket squares handcrafted in Como, Italy.


Clockwise from top left: Notes like citron, iced gin and lavender never smelled so fresh and clean with this new signature fragrance from Vince CamutoJack + Mulligan have very good-looking and simply cool dopp kits for the traveling man to fit all his grooming needs (I should know; I have one and love it) and the style impresarios at Esquire have shirts and ties on the pulse of style to suit the many kinds of men.

The modern man wear hats, but just make it cooler than his dad’s. David & Young offers up some pretty sweet fedoras that serve as the perfect topper for that charismatic outfit or that charismatic guy as well as many handsome hats and scarves.  Celebrities such as Kellan Lutz and Jay Alexander approve.

Clockwise from top left: Therapeutic can be stylish!  Such is the case with Soxxy and their Nighthawk Compression Socks that create circulation and reduces selling and muscle soreness all while looking pretty cool with nice colors and designs and it’s classic but make it his own with Auburn Jewelry customizable sterling silver cufflinks.  Each piece is handcrafted to order.  Be original for him or let him be the wild one with a gift certificate to customize his own pair.
No need to panic come June 15th.  Peruse these unique selections and others offered by these charismatic brands and make the dads in your life even cooler than he may already be. 

Father’s Day is June 15, 2014!

Accessories Council and Lord & Taylor Top Holiday Gift Picks

I had the great pleasure of attending a preview of the Accessories Council and Lord & Taylor’s Top Holiday picks for the season from such brands as Anne Klein, Botkier, chicBuds, Collection 18, Echo Design Froup, Minnie Rose, Roman & Sunstone, Swarovski, Vince Camuto, Zack and many more. If you haven’t done or even started your holiday shopping, add Lord & Taylor to your list for a variety of wonderful and affordable gift ideas. Check out a few of my favorites below:

Swarovski’s Studio Bracelets

These very cool bracelets features black calfskin leather and a black cotton cord woven around crystals in a variety of colors; they are great for layering and stacking with other bangles and bracelets. They retail for $90.00 each and are available at Lord & Taylor and also on www.swarovski.com.

Anne Klein Rosegold & Crystal Watch

The oversized rose goldtone case is framed with brilliant, clear Swarovski crystals. The rose tones are carried onto the dial with bold, Roman numerals indicating the hours on a mother-of-pearl outer ring surrounding a glittering pavé center zone. A smooth, white leather strap is adjustable and secures with a classic buckle closure. The watch retails for $75.00 and is available at Lord & Taylor.

Vince Camuto Jennah Cross-Body

The Jennah is Vince Camuto’s novel take on the classic cross-body. With a fashion-forward and fresh silhouette, this handbag lends a dually sophisticated and playful air to any ensemble. The Jennah Cross-Body retails for $148.00 and is available at VinceCamuto.com. Additional colors can be found online and in stores at Lord & Taylor.

Echo Touch Gloves

Stay warm and in touch with Echo Touch Gloves. Our bow and bouclé gloves are both fashionable and functional. They feature our eLink™ sewn into the index finger and thumb of each glove allowing you to text and tweet on touch screen devices without removing your gloves. They retail for $42.00 and are available at Lord & Taylor and at echodesign.com.

Botkier Valentina Shoulder Bag

The vintage inspired Valentina Shoulder bag from Botkier is the perfect day-to-evening accessory. The gusseted sides expand to accommodate all your essentials, while its interior includes three compartments for optimal organization. The Valentina shoulder retails for $295.00 and is available for purchase in an array of colors at Lord & Taylor and at www.botkier.com.

chicBuds Retractable Crystal Earbuds and Crystal Fauvette Bird Speaker

Make a fashion statement this holiday season with these Swarovski Crystal-adorned retractable chicBuds and portable bird speaker. chicBuds are the perfect mix of fashion and function, allowing you a stylish music-listening experience. The Fauvette, is not only stylish, but also small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It has a loud and clear volume with a 2-watt amplified speaker that gives out 4 hours of quality sound on one charge. These chicBuds retail for $40.00 and can be found online and in stores at Lord & Taylor.