Embellishment: Metallic Accents

Metallic studs, buckles and other adornments continue to bedeck the runways, gracing cowboy-inspired cropped leather jackets designed by Philipp Plein or luxurious A-line leather cocktail dresses by Gucci.

These embellishments are wonderful attention-getters when it comes to accessories such as handbags and jewelry, something that Natalie De Picciotto, owner of Steel Threads Inc. (asi/89475), loves. “A little metal adds commodity value to any kind of promotional product and ensures that the end-user will be much more likely to use and keep it,” she says. In terms of jewelry, especially ID bracelets, metal accents play a considerable role in keeping products on-trend. “An ID bracelet is something that never goes out of style, and the metal/leather combination has endured as a hip, urban-esque trend for years,” she says.

De Picciotto adds that, because metal-accented items are associated with a certain standard of quality, she feels they’re worth the investment in the long run.