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Shop our site or visit our studio to view our complete collection of custom, handmade headpieces, jewelry and accessories and to experience a dedication to customer service and personal attention that is unmatched in the bridal accessories business. Whether you’re shopping for jewelry for your wedding day or a special event, we offer styles for brides, bridesmaids, moms, sweet-sixteen, prom and even cufflinks for grooms, so you’ll be sure to find just the right piece for your special occasion.
Our mission is to create heirloom pieces you will treasure for years to come. With hand crafted metal that is hand set with Swarovski crystals and pearls, all of our pieces are made in our New York studio, never mass produced or casted. This ensures that every beautiful piece is just as unique as the woman wearing it.
What To Expect From An Accessories Trunk Show?
Raquel 10:33AM: We have all heard about the book "What to expect when you are Expecting?" right? Or at least I have. I have read that book inside and out for over 10 years. With 4 small children at home, I know how helpful it is in the middle of the night when something odd happens and you don't think it's important enough to call the doctor. Open up to page 97 and there it is. All of your questions and concerns answered. Whala!
Then I started to think about our brides and what questions go through their minds as they are planning their weddings. A few that came to mind was, What is an Accessories Trunk Show? Why should I go? How should I prepare? So I thought it might be helpful to give some insight to brides that have never attended an event like this and explain how important it is to go.
What is an Accessories Trunk Show?
An accessories trunk show is a special event hosted by either a bridal store or another host store such as our NY Flagship Salon. The designer collection that is being featured will either have the designer or a representative from the company present. Some trunk shows are product only events where the collection is on display only, and the consultants from the store work one on one with the bride. Many accessories event require an appointment to view the collection, while some stores are open to walk ins.
Accessories Trunk Show at Ava Clara in VA
Why Should I go?
There are so many reasons to attend an accessories trunk show! First of all, it is fun!! Most brides attending an accessories trunk show have already purchased their gown and the accessories are the finishing touches to complete her look. But don't let the importance of accessories fool you. Accessories complete the entire look of not only the bride, but her bridal party as well. Let's say you go to a store that has a dozen or so pieces from our collection. You love the style, but there isn't a specific piece that is exactly what you are looking for. During a trunk show, you can expect to see 50 or more pieces from the newest collection. Not only will you have a much wider selection of pieces to choose from, but you may also have the benefit of working with the designer to have a custom piece designed specifically for you. Most stores also offer a discount for brides purchasing during a trunk show event which is another added bonus. However, most importantly, an accessories trunk show gives you an opportunity to focus on another layer of your personal style. You want your guests to recognize you for who you truly are. If you never wear jewelry, then go for subtle classic pieces. However, if you wear lots of jewelry on a daily basis, then this is the time to go all out. Your jewelry should also be pieces that you will want to wear again and again after your wedding.
What about my maids?
Many brides like a uniform look so that there is no distraction from her. Others, like myself, like to celebrate the individuality of their bridesmaids. Having coordinating jewelry will also help keep everyone looking and feeling like a cohesive group and also serves as a very special gift to your bridal party. We also make cufflinks for the groomsmen so they can also have a special gift that they can use again and again.
How Should I Prepare?
This may sound odd, but the first thing you should do to prepare is be ready to make a decision and place your order. The reason I say that is because the pieces are only at that store for a limited time. If you go in with the mindset just to look, if you fall in love with a piece you may not realize that the next time you go to the store that piece will no longer be there for you to see and try on. Additionally, you will lose the benefit of any special discounts. So before you go, be mentally ready to finalize your decision.
Think about how you will be wearing your hair. You don't have to know the exact style of your hairdo, but will it be all up? half up/half down? all down? These are the types of questions your consultant will be asking you. This will help to select which headpieces will work best with your hair type and style.
You do not need to be in your dress to decide on your accessories. Although being in your gown is great, your accessories really focuses on your face and your hair, so feel confident in making your selection if you are not able to have your dress on.
I hope you found this blog informative and we hope to see you at the next Thomas Knoell Designs Trunk Show!
Upcoming Thomas Knoell Trunk Shows
Kleinfeld Bridal, NY August 1*
Ava Clara, VA now through August 4th
Betsy Robinson, MD August 2-3*
J. Majors August 7-14th
Hannelores, VA August 9-10*
House of White, IN August 16-17*
Kleinfeld August 23-25
The Perfect Bride, OH August 22-24*
*Personal Appearance by Thomas Knoell
Good Morning America and Randy to the Rescue!!!!
Raquel 7:57PM: Happy Father's Day!!!!! Today was a great day. We surprised Tom with a well overdue iPad so now he can be a bit more tech savvy and in touch with emails and Facebook. YAY! Summer is graduating fifth grade tomorrow, so we had lots of preparing to do for the big day. AND to top things off, this has been a very exciting week at TKD!!! We were featured on Good Morning America and on TLC's, Randy To the Rescue!! We were actually featured last week as well, but since this is such a busy time of year, I haven't had the chance to blog about it. I am very excited to be working more and spending much more time with our clients and it has been really fun and exciting!!
Products featured on Good Morning America:
6.7.13 Randy to the Rescue Oklahoma-Kelsey
Randy to the Rescue 6.14.13
Angela wore our Auburn Bracelet and Bonsai Earrings
Bringing the Sexy Back!
This season, behind every beautiful dress is eye-catching back decor! Thomas Knoell Designs offers a breath-taking collection of necklaces perfect for this trending sensation. Click on the photo below to see some of our most popular styles, including the Small Blossom, Taylor, and Secret Kisses. The whimsical floral-inspired Rogue necklace from our all-new Watters by Thomas Knoell Collection is also a great choice for a spring wedding or other special occasion.
According to Brides Magazine, dresses with lace-trimmed backs are making a big statement this spring.
Watters' bridal gowns has a variety of gorgeous options, including the lovely Lourdes gown pictured below.
The elegant scalloped V-back of the Harmony gown, accented by the silk taffeta sash, is the epitome of the season.
Our classic Taylor Lariat necklace with hanging Swarovski crystals on the back would accent this fabulous low back. Combine with our Rio earring from the Watters' Collection and our Hannah bracelet to complete the look.
The drop square back of Watters' Encore Cacao style creates a polished look that appeals to every girl! Add a touch of sophistication with the glamour of Old Hollywood with our Watters by Thomas Knoell Luva studs and our three-strand pearl Shavonne bracelet.
One thing is for sure, wherever you go, whatever you do this spring, you can go backless in style! Call us at 516-248-3636 to make your appointment today!
Floral Fantasies for the New Year! Thomas Knoell Designs' Spring 2013 Collection Now Available Online
Thomas Knoell Designs' new 2013 collection will help you look forward to the new beauty and promise of spring! Floral blossoms abound in this line; each piece will add a delicate femininity to your bridal wardrobe.
You will feel like a goddess when adorned with the Empress headpiece, which calls to mind the elegance of the laurel wreaths of Ancient Greece:
The curving spirals of the Tundra comb make a majestic statement:
The delicate Bonsai earrings offer a fine compliment to the above pieces.
View more of the lovely 2013 pieces here: http://www.thomasknoell.com/collections/2013-collection
2013 brings the start of a lot of exciting changes for Thomas Knoell Designs! Tom teamed up with highly-acclaimed international bridal gown company Watters and the veil extraordinaires at Toni Federici to come up with a special 2013 Watters by Thomas Knoell Designs bridal accessory line. Seventeen gorgeous pieces named in honor of nearby bodies of water compose this exclusive collection. View the elegant Caspian belt and dashing Desna comb below, and check back to see more pieces featured on this site!
Tom has introduced an all-new rose gold line, which will soon be highlighted on this site. This new metal-finish option adds a glow that compliments all skin tones and hair colors, making it the perfect everyday jewelry choice! View the OC17 necklace, from the all-new Occasions collection, below in rose gold .
Where have you been? Where else, raising kids, of course!
Raquel 8:27AM: So, yes I know, it 's been a while since we blogged. What can I say? Life took over and with our very busy household of 6, so did our kids. After the birth of our youngest child, Crystal, I really needed to take some time to focus on the family. We had a new baby, a new house and a lot of settling in to do. Now that Crystal is in Kindergarten (yay!), I feel like I am coming out of a cloud. As much as I love being a working mom, it is really hard to work while kids are crying in the background and diapers need to be changed.
Everyone has a different focus in their life. In my world, it's family first-always. I may not have been able to Blog, but what I have been able to do is watch my son's football games, drive my daughter an hour away to her gymnastics team(3x a week!), take Juliet to her dance class and stand in amazement as I watch my baby tear up the soccer field. No one said owning your own business or being a mom was going to be easy, but doing them both at the same time-now that is just plain old crazy! Ha, ha. Now that all the kids are in school, I can finally begin to put more of my attention to the business and even carve out a little "me" time (double yay!).
Here is shot of our first vacation ( whopping 3 days!) in years...Kyle is 12, Summer 10, Juliet 7 and Crystal 5 :)
I have to really give it up for my husband Tom who totally held down the fort while I was home with the kiddies. He is so hard working and I admire him so much! He has always been the driving force in our business! I love you honey!!
We also have a new member of the TKD team, Jaclyn, who is going to be our right hand in getting back up to speed with Blogging, www.thomasknoell.com, and customer service. You will hear more from Jacky in the weeks to come. Jacky's background is in literature so you will be reading her work very soon. Unlike my casual writing, Jacky has more of that romance novel touch to her work. Let's just say between the 2 of us, you should have lots to read! Jacky is super sweet and very hard working so please help me welcome her aboard! YAY Jacky!
Ok, so stay tuned, many more exciting things to come! I think 2013 is going to be an amazing year for our company and our family. For now, wishing all of our clients and friends a very Merry Christmas! Gotta go, on my way to Weight Watchers-me time! (triple yay!)