Envision: The Young Accessory Designer’s Guide to Collection Development

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Hello Paul here today. I would like to share my review of Envision: The Young Accessory Designer’s Guide to Collection Development with you today. 

Here’s the Amazon blurb: 

If you believe your perspective on how people should accessorize is unique and worthy of attention from consumers, this book will help you take your concepts from vague ideas to fully realized collection. It will guide you through the process, seamlessly. By the end of the book, you will have designed a signature body of work: a professional presentation of your own collection of accessories!

It is a wonderful book. I must state that I am neither young, nor involved in the fashion world. I am, however, a children’s book author and I co-author a blog that features children’s/young adult books. I am reviewing this book from a young adult book lovers perspective. I think it is wonderful! The book starts off with a great intro. It is not a promise, but a question to ask oneself. A self-examination of sorts as to whether this career is for you. It addresses the “grass is always greener” mentality.

Each chapter begins with a real world question, and the chapter responds to that question and describes processes. It is very clear, well done. These are real world questions too, not hypothetical questions. I must add here that I wish there was such a straight forward, comprehensive book about writing a book.

Envision is filled with great pictures the provide excellent examples of the discussed topics. They are really great tools for the reader. Each chapter ends with an excellent summary of the chapter and to-do bullet points/exercises to help work through the process.

A few other notes: the author provides great links to helpful sites throughout the book. I personally thought the tip on photography, which I won’t reveal here, was great.

From a teenager or young adult standpoint this book is fantastic. It is straight forward, entertaining, and informative. If you are interested in becoming a self-employed accessory designer than this book is a must have. You may read it and decide that this isn’t for you, or you may finish it in a few hours and be ready to take on the world. That’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t make any false promises.

In summary, fantastic. Envision accomplishes what it sets out to do and any teenager/young adult considering a career in accessory design owes it to themselves to read this book. Well done. A great resource. I recommend parents, teenagers, and school guidance counselors everywhere pick up a copy of this book.

You can learn more about the author, Meca McKinney, who is also the a designer and CEO of  Jypsea ~Eclectic Handcrafted Leathergoods here:

Note: I received a free book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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  1. Interesting self help book.


  2. Hi Donna,
    Thanks for stopping by. It is really interesting and unique. Have a great day!


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