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: Francesca Amfitheatrof; 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 / Lauren Pierce Atelier; Stuart McMillan, Amazon; Trish O’Callaghan, Shinola; Ashley Olsen, Dualstar Entertainment Group; Lisa Smilor, Council of Fashion Designers of America; and John Varvatos.

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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

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Contact Us

Fashion Accessories Design Department
T. 313.664.1640
F. 313.664.1490

Department Chair 
Aki Choklat