Fashion Accessories Design

The one accessory that goes with everything.

Fashion accessories is a $51 billion global industry and one of the largest in the United States. Yet only a handful of US schools focus on accessories design as a viable and vibrant career path and only one in the Midwest: College for Creative Studies.

The Fashion Accessories Design program at CCS gives you head-to-toe preparation in the industry and helps you develop a broad set of skills in the key areas of vision, craft and business — how to conceive, make and merchandise handbags, small leather goods, footwear and accessories hardware. From the initial concept and design to the full range of fabrication techniques, supply-chain management and distribution, you’ll learn how to forecast trends, market your designs and manage a fashion brand.


Leather goods

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


What Sets Us Apart?

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


Students can choose from one of three minors: Fashion Business, Footwear and Handbags.

Industry Supported

The program’s Advisory Council represents a broad cross-section of the industry and leading brands and the program was developed in collaboration with Detroit-based company Shinola.

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


Career Choices

Handbag Designer
Footwear Designer
Small Leather Goods Designer

Soft Goods Designer
Color & Materials Designer

Trend Analyst / Forecaster

Product Developer

Advisory Council

Francesca Amfitheatrof, LVMH
Jonci Cukier, Eileen Fisher
Linda Dresner, Linda Dresner
Nicole Eisenberg, CCS Board Representative
Catherine Forbes, The Forbes Company / Somerset Collection
Jen Guarino, Shinola 
Tom Kartsotis, Shinola
Sara Kozlowski, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA)
Richard Lambertson, Lambertson Truex
Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED Projects/Lauren Pierce Atelier

Barbara May, B. May Bags
Stuart McMillan, Amazon Private Label
Trish O’Callaghan, Shinola
Ashley Olsen, The Row/Dualstar Entertainment Group
Tracy Reese, Tracy Reese
Angela Scott, The Office of Angela Scott
Lisa Smilor, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA)
Anna Sui, Anna Sui
John Varvatos, John Varvatos

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Contact Us

Fashion Accessories Design Department
T. 313.664.1640
F. 313.664.1490

Department Chair 
Aki Choklat