It looks like fall 2012 accessories are going to be all about luxing it up. I see saturated bright colors, fancy fabrications, and embellishments everywhere I look. One of the most lux of all raw accessory materials is shagreen, which is dyed and polished stingray hide. I find the texture and pattern a little mesmerizing.
Yes, shagreen is an animal product, and do look out for some “shagreen” which is leather embossed to look like shagreen. Almost all designers who use the material are of the hyper luxury ilk, including Fendi, Balmain, Prada, and Anya Hindmarch. But I found some great shagreen accent pieces that you can enjoy for a song.