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Archive for September 2010


Some of the fashion world’s rising stars got a boost this week in the form of glittering Swarovski crystals.  During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the crystal maker chose to support designers Prabal Gurung and Juan Carlos Obando in building their new collections for spring/summer 2011.

As a result, both designers incorporated Swarovski crystals into their collections, demonstrating the vast possibilities in designs of all kinds.  Coverage of the shows and exclusive content is now available to view at

For more than 10 years, Swarovski has worked with international talent like Erdem, Marios Schwab, Holly Fulton, Mark Fast, Michael Van der Ham, Richard Nicoll, and others to produce inspiring runway visions. Collaborating with Gurung and Obando was the next step.

A Prabal Gurung design with Swarovski crystal accents during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

Gurung’s handiwork dusted with Swarovski crystals

A Juan Carlos Obando dress with Swarovski accents

Obando garment with Swarovski

Once again, Marc Jacob presented a gorgeous collection at New York Fashion Week.

The designer sent his retro-inspired ready to wear spring collection down the runway Monday night and it’s safe to say bright, bold colors are in next season, including the new Sunflower color from the recent SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Innovations!

CLICK HERE to view Marc’s spring collection!

(NOTE! Slide 6 looks like Crystal Silver Night!)

Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, Merchants Overseas has added 2 new platings to our selection of Beadelle Round Pave Beads: Rose Gold and Gunmetal!

Now available in Rose Gold/Crystal , Gunmetal/Crystal, Gunmetal/Black Diamond and Gunmetal/Jet!

Also in response to a lot of customer requests, Merchants Overseas is now offering Beadelle(R) Round Pave beads with Larger Holes! The larger holes are perfect for those looking to use a thicker stringing material like leather, ribbon, macrame, etc!  Also known as “Craft Beads” these large hole Pave beads are perfect for jewelry making as well as other creative designs!

The large hold pave beads are currently available in Gold/Crystal, Silver/Crystal, Rose Gold/Crystal, Gunmetal/Crystal.

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After meeting with a wide range of customers earlier this month, it was surprising to learn how many company store owners and designers/manufacturers had not heard of or seen the new Swarovski FERN GREEN color from the Spring 2010 Innovations launch.

Merchants Overseas would like to show everyone just how beautiful FERN GREEN is – as a perfect Fall and Holiday 2010 color.

So here’s The Fashionable Fern Green for Fall Promotion:

The Fashionable Fern Green for Fall Promotion includes substantial discounts off the complete line of Fern Green articles ~ including the most popular 2028s, 3700s, 5000s, 5040s, 5328s, 5601s, and 6010, 6301, 6428 pendants ~ in all sizes and in all effects including hard-to-find Fern Green AB2X and Fern Green Satin!

Promotion Offer

Mix ’n Match all articles/sizes/colors ~ order value is before currency.

1.  Order value >$500 – receive 3% OFF

2.  Order value >$1,000 – receive 4% OFF

3.  Order value >$2,5000 – receive 5% OFF

Promotion is valid…

  • Wed, Sept 01 – Fri, Sept 17
  • For New Front Orders
  • Delivery can be scheduled for immediate through Fri, Oct 15.
  • Promotion Code: FFGF2-91710

Click Here to view the Complete List of Articles and Discount Promotion

Don’t delay ~ Order today!  Or, contact us at 800.333.4144 for complete information.


Custom Designed Skating Dresses, Designed by a Skater For a Skater

Figure Skatewear is owned by Judy T Reinford. Judy began her business as a need to make figure skating costumes/dresses for herself. Judy competes as an adult at the gold level and as an adult skating competitor, found that most figure skating dresses/costumes were designed with children to mid-teens in mind. She wanted sophisticated and fashionable skating dresses that allowed her to feel like a woman not a child.

When the company first began, the first few skating dresses to come out of Figure Skatewear were designed for kids and adult skaters she knew locally. This rapidly spread from state to state as the skating dresses were being seen at many events around the country.

As the business grew Judy continued to seek out new and innovative techniques for designing the figure skating dresses. She met with various other well known skating dress designers to “pick their brains” and see what they were doing. Judy dyes most of her mesh, silk chiffon and Venice lace. The color choices are just not there when you are trying to match several fabrics and trims. (See her seminar list).

When Judy first thinks  about the design of a figure skating dress or costume, she tries to imagine what character the music is portraying. Once you determine who you are portraying in your program, and how you want that character to be perceived, it is a lot easier to put together a skating dress or costume that will bring out the true essence of your program. Each skating dress she designs is unique and original. She will never duplicate a skating dress for another client. Many have asked.

To date, she has clients in states all across the USA, in addition to Canada, England, The Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea, Hungary, China, Ireland, Australia, Dubai, The Channel Islands and Italy. Her clients range in age from 5 years old to 65, and from No-Test to Olympic skaters. In the Spring of 2004, she had the honor of designing and making a custom skating dress for Isabelle Brasseur of Brasseur and Eisler. The dress was worn by her for Stars On Ice in Canada and she wore the same dress for their retirement performance in the Fall of 2004. This was a true honor for Judy. In July of 2009, she put together some beaded dresses for Amanda Evora, which she wore for practice at the Olympic Games in 2010.

Judy has been a Merchants Overseas Customer since 1998!!

For Inquiries Contact:

Judy T Reinford

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