Shop It To Me In Today's Wall Street Journal

Accessories are a hot trend of the moment, according to today’s Wall Street Journal.  The article, which covered the accessories trend, highlighted a survey recently conducted with Shop It To Me subscribers.  In our June Shopping Habits survey, nearly a third  of you said you’re still “splurging” on shoes, and nearly 25% doing so handbags!  But only 15% of you are still splurging on work clothing.

Many examples included in the article demonstrated that accessories are a way for consumers to be able to score luxury-like items for less.  There’s a retailer push to gain mid-level consumers, and shoppers seem to be gravitating toward accessories, rather than apparel, as affordable yet statement pieces.

Other interesting tidbits presented in the article:

  • J.Crew opened its first accessories boutique last month in New York and soon will release its third accessories catalog.
  • Gap Inc. launched the first accessories-only branch of Banana Republic, called Edition, in May in San Francisco Centre
  • Henri Bendel, part of the Limited Brands Inc. portfolio, is expanding its offerings this summer with six more stand-alone accessories stores.

So jump on the train — it’s time to scoop up bold jewelry, handbags, and shoes!