Fashion Accessories Design

When celebrities walk the red carpet, no one ever asks Where’d you get those shoes? Who designed that bag? Nice wallet — who’s it by? The real question is, how are you going to change all that?

Fewer than a half dozen schools in the United States focus on accessories design and only one in the Midwest: College for Creative Studies. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Accessories Design at CCS gives you head-to-toe preparation in accessories design — from your first bright idea through design and handwork to product manufacturing and distribution. You’ll learn how to predict trends, market your designs and manage a fashion brand from handbags and small leather goods to footwear and accessories hardware. 

Shinola Logo 2Developed in collaboration with Detroit-based company Shinola, offers unparalleled opportunities for real-world experience, including sponsored project studios and access to industry experts.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • The CCS Fashion Accessories Design program is the first and only of its kind in the Midwest.

  •  The curriculum will prepare graduates to excel in all aspects of fashion accessories design from initial concept and design to final product manufacturing and distribution. In addition to a strong focus on creativity and design excellence, the program will cover topics such as trend forecasting and market research, fabrication techniques from handwork to large-scale manufacturing, supply chain management, branding, marketing, and merchandising.
  • The CCS Fashion Accessories Design program is supported by an Advisory Council that represents a broad cross-section of the fashion accessories industry and leading brands, whose members include Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.; Linda Dresner, LINDA DRESNER; Nicole Eisenberg; Catherine Forbes, The Forbes Company / Somerset Collection; Jen Guarino, Shinola; Tom Kartsotis, Shinola; Sara Kozlowski, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Richard Lambertson, Shinola; Lauren Bush Lauren, Feed Projects and Lauren Pierce Atelier; Trish O'Callaghan, Shinola; Ashley Olsen, Dualstar Entertainment Group; Lisa Smilor, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Heather Joyce-Velez, and John Varvatos.

Gallery of Student Work

Contact Us

Fashion Accessories Design Department
T. 313.664.1640
F. 313.664.1490

Department Chair 
Aki Choklat
T. 313.664.1641

Areas of Study

Leather goods
Accessories hardware (i.e., buckles, hooks, appliques, etc.)

Representative Career Choices

Handbag Designer
Footwear Designer
Leather Goods Designer
Soft Goods Designer
Lead Patternmaker
Trend Forecaster
Trend Analyst
Product Researcher
Product Merchandiser
Color and Materials Specialist

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