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The tribal accessories trend is inspired by Louis Vuitton’s spring ‘09 collection. Marc Jacob’s collaboration with shoe designer Fabrizio Viti resulted in the trendsetting Louis Vuitton tribal heel sandal. You’ll see versions of the tribal sandal everywhere this spring as well as a multitude of ethnic inspired accessories. Think sophisticated globetrotter gathering trinkets and baubles from her travels to the farthest reaches of the Asia, Africa, and South America layering her arm with richly embroidered cuffs and embellishing her feet with strands of beads, exotic skins and feathers. Key to this look are lush details such as beading, embroidery, knotting, weaving and a multitude of textures layered and trimmed with feathers, natural stones and animal prints.

We scouted a few items touting this trend including a pair of Tory Burch Carrie patent wedges with a geometric pattern reminiscent of frescoed African wall paintings. The most similar to the Louis Vuitton sandal is the Katrin leather exotic sandal from Bebe. Others include the knotted L.A.M.B. Gabina Tribal Strap Sandal and the beaded Steven by Steve Madden Bianna Sandal. An exquisite example of gorgeous handwork is the richly textured Boudica cuff from Erickson Beamon. The oversized Roberto Cavalli Zebra print shopper is another testament to tribal trend, perfect for jetting off on your own globetrotting adventure.

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