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ACCESSORIES HONOREES: With the Accessories Council Excellence Awards gala just around the corner, the Accessories Council has revealed its second round of honorees.
Newly-minted winners include American Express for the Business Excellence award; Fossil, for Brand of the Year, and Assouline for Influencer of the Year.
The trio will take the stage at the gala on Nov. 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, along with Constance White, who will receive the Mary Lou Luther Journalism Award, Theodora & Callum, which will winthe Brand Launch Award and C. Wonder, which will take home the Specialty Retailer Award. Other honorees include Stella & Dot with the Retail Innovation Award and Vince Camuto with the Visionary Award. For the first time, the Designer of the Year Award will be presented to three designers at one brand, Calvin Klein Collection. They include women’s creative director Francisco Costa, men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli and men’s and women’s shoe and accessories creative director Ulrich Grimm.
Created in 1995, the ACE Awards pay homage annually to those who have made strides in raising awareness of the accessories industry. Honorees are nominated and voted on by their peers in the accessories and retail industries, as well as by the Accessories Council board.