Career as Accessory Designer

Career as a Accessory Designer

About Accessory Designer

An accessory designer is responsible for conceptualizing, designing and creating a range of that product that compliments the fashion costumes and images such as jewelry pieces, handbags, belts, scarves, hair accessories, footwear etc. Accessory designing is one of the highly-creative fields and most of the accessory designer manage their own accessory line. The growing fascination of people towards the fashion industry has generated a huge number of job opportunities for the accessory designer.  From films to fashion houses to production houses to ramp shows, accessory designer have a major role to play as a piece of clothing does not become a trend if it is not paired and styled with right accessories.

Eligibility to become Accessory Designer

  • A candidate must have passed class 12th  or an equivalent examination with a minimum of 55-60% aggregate to study bachelor’ courses like B.Des.

  • Should have a valid design entrance score

  • To pursue M.Des candidate must have a bachelor’s/diploma in the relevant field.

  • Certain colleges also have age restriction, the age limit varies from institute to institute.

Types of Job Roles Accessory Designer

With the globalisation hitting the market and world turning into one small village, there are various accessory designer job profiles that one can choose from on the basis of their interest. Listed below are some of the popular job profiles for the accessory designer that you can opt for:

  • Jewellery Designer: Jewellery designer work with different metals and stones to create new beautiful intricate pieces of wearable art.

  • Footwear/Shoe Designer: Footwear designers are responsible for designing creative and practical designs of shoes and other footwear. The footwear designing is a world in itself as it ranges from high street fashion shoes to sports shoes, to kid shoes to catwalk shoes and others.

  • Leather Accessory Designer: Leather accessory designer design and create various leather good and accessories such as belts, hats, etc.

  • Men’s Accessories Designer: Mens accessories designer are responsible for designing men’s headwear, neckwear, bracelets, scarves, and other small accessories.

Top Employment Opportunities for Accessory Designer 

Most of the accessory designer prefer working as freelance but there is an ample number of employment opportunities for the accessory designer in many sectors. Some of them are listed below:

  • Fashion Houses
  • Designer Stores
  • Freelancers
  • TV & Production Houses
  • Studios
  • Jewellery Houses
  • High-End Fashion Labels

Top Recruiting Companies for Accessory Designer

Some of the leading companies where an accessory designer  can find  relevant job opportunities are as follows

  • Pantaloon
  • Frazer
  • ITC Wills Lifestyle
  • Gitanjali Jewellery Pvt.Ltd
  • D Damas
  • Hidesign
  • Magpie
  • Zara
  • Swarovski
  • Tanishq
  • Liberty Shoes
  • Tiffany
  • Titan

Pay Scale/Salary of Accessory Designer

The salary of an accessory designer may vary as per one’s professional experience and the specialization they hold. The salary package of an accessory designer usually increases with the experience and time.

Job Profile

Starting Salary per annum (in INR)

Mid Level Salary per annum (in INR)

Senior Level Salary per annum (INR)

Accessory Designer




Note: The above salary packages are an estimate and may vary from individual to individual and company to company 

Books & Study Material to Become Accessory Designer

Aspirants planning to take admission in one of the top design colleges in India must clear the national-level design entrance exams. Most of the design exams are institute specific such as NIFT Entrance Exam, CEED, NID Entrance Exam, AIEED, etc. To crack the entrance exam, one must have an access to best books and study material. Some of the best books and study material for the aspiring accessory designer are listed below:

  • NIFT Exam Guide by Verma

  • NIFT/NIT/NIT Entrance Examination by Shadan Usmani

  • Concepts of Pattern Grading

  • Arihant NIFT Entrance Exam Self Study Guide

  • NIFT Exam Guide by Dr R. P. Datason

  • Popular Master Guide NIFT by R. Gupta

  • NIFT: Previous Years’ Papers (Solved) by Ramesh Publishing House

Pros of becoming a Accessory Designer

  • Accessory designers who work with high-end brand and designers are offered great salary packages .

  • They get an opportunity to travel the world and attend some of the famous renowned fashion events which provides them with excellent exposure opportunities.

  • Accessory designers can have additional income by working as a freelancer or taking up independent projects or by starting their own accessory line.

  • There are ample job options in the field of accessory line and one can even become a marketer after that.

Cons of becoming a Accessory Designer

  • Accessory designers who freelance or work with big fashion houses do not have a set time and may be required to work for long hours.

  • They are required to travel a lot in case they are working with production houses which may lead to health problems and stress in long run.

  • The competitive job market in the field of the accessory designer may lead to limited job opportunities.

  • This field demands a lot of creativity which may act as a hindrance in the path of an accessory designer.

Career path for Accessory Designer

Following are some of the important points that aspirants must keep in mind if they are looking forward to become an accessory designer. Aspirants must have passed class 12th with any combination of subjects and must have appeared in a relevant entrance examination. 

Paths for Being Accessory Designer