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

Accessories Designer
Color & Materials Designer
Color Specialist
Fashion Designer
Fashion Historian
Fashion Merchandiser

Footwear Designer
Handbag Designer
Jewelry Designer
Product Developer

Leather Goods Designer
Shoe Designer
Soft Goods Designer
Textile Designer
Trend Analyst
Trend Forecaster

Advisory Council

Linda Dresner, Linda Dresner
Nicole Eisenberg, CCS Board Representative
Catherine Forbes, The Forbes Company / Somerset Collection
Jen Guarino, Shinola
Akiko Inui, PVH
Sara Kozlowski, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA)
Barbara May, B. May Bags
Cal McNeil, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA)
Tracy Reese, Tracy Reese
Angela Scott, The Office of Angela Scott

Ambassador: Anna Sui, Anna Sui
Ambassador: Jonci Cukier, Eileen Fisher

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Contact Us

Fashion Accessories Design Department
T. 313.664.1640
F. 313.664.1490

Department Chair 
Aki Choklat