The designer wearables scene is really starting to get its groove on..

Tory Burch is soon to be launching a new collection for the Fitbit Alta; along with Vera Wang and Public School. Kate Spade is also getting in on the wearable tech scene, and fashion labels such as Diesel, Skagen and Emporio Armani are joining up with Fossil.

So, expect a deluge of designer wearables by the end of the year and in 2017. Michael Kors is another label in the mix with Fossil’s wearable tech line up.

Michael Kors Access Crosby fitness tracker

As well launching two “Access” Android Wear smartwatches, Michael Kors is swinging into the fitness tracking game with the Access Crosby.

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The designer fitness tracker doesn’t come with heart rate monitoring, GPS or too many advanced features offered by the likes of the Garmin Vivoactive HR. The most appealing thing about the Access Crosby is that it brandishes the Michael Kors logo, plus a rather swanky design.

The upcoming designer wearable brings all the quantified self essentials; i.e., steps taken, distance walked, calories burned, and goals displayed by way of a white LED. It also features sleep monitoring: sleep quality and duration.

Most fitness trackers offer smartphone notifications, a feature lacking with the Access Crosby; but as it’s made my Michael Kors we’ll cut it some slack.

On board is a smart “Link” function that allows you to control your smartphone’s music playlist, as well as remotely snap a selfie, and activate an alarm on your phone in the annoying event of misplacing it.

The fitness tracker will be available in different color variations with a selection of diamond-cut silicone bands and a classy looking crocodile style band called the Access Reade. Whether the tracking module can be interchanged between bands still remains to be seen.

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Access Reade

The fancy new wearable never needs charging. It’s powered by a coin cell battery that lasts around 4 months and is apparently easy to change.

It uses Bluetooth 4.1 to sync wirelessly with your smartphone. The companion app is compatible with iOS 8.2 + and Android 4.4 +.

The app also plays nice with third-party apps: UP by Jawbone, UA Record, Apple HealthKit, and Google Fit.

The Michael Kors Access Crosby fitness tracker will be available in the Autumn of 2016 for £89, and £119 with the Access Reade bracelet.

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