Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Robert Downey Jr. in a scene from "Iron Man." He's wearing Robert Marc Sunshades

Accessories Galore

The Accessories Council is excited to announce its first round of honorees for the 2011 Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards Gala, highlighting individuals and brands that have made a significant contribution to the accessories industry.  The 2011 ACE Awards are scheduled to be held on Monday November 7th at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.

The ACE Awards were created in 1995 to pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate those who have had a positive impact on accessory consumption during the prior year.   Awards are given to designers, retailers, journalists, celebrities and emerging companies.

Honorees are nominated and voted upon by their peers in the accessory industry, retailers, and the Accessories Council Board of Directors. Honorees are announced in advance of the event that takes place annually.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the ACE Awards this year, where we will be honoring designers, brands and influencers who have produced outstanding work in the accessories industry,” remarked Accessories Council President Karen Giberson.

A partial list of 2011 ACE Awards Gala honorees are listed below (in alphabetical order):

Mary Lou Luther Journalism Award- Kate Betts
Business Visionary Award- Frank Fialkoff
E-Tailer- HSN
Visionary Award- Robert Marc
Magazine of the Year- Marie Claire
Breakthrough Award- Rebecca Minkoff
Hall of Fame- Temple St. Clair
Specialty Retailer- Tourneau
Designer of the Year- Philip Treacy

Additional nominees will be announced in Fall 2011.  

Lincoln, a Ford Motor Company brand, in conjunction with Union Square Agency, is ramping up its marketing efforts to reach a younger, higher end fashion consumer with a first time sponsorship of the ACE Awards.  Returning sponsors include Marchon, Swarovski, Judith Leiber and Accessory Network.

Tickets and tables to the 2011 ACE Awards Gala are currently available for $1,000 per person or $10,000 for a table of ten for Accessories Council members ($1,200 pp and $12,000 per table for non-members).  Tickets can be purchased by calling 212.947.1135 Accessories Council or info@accessoriescouncil.org

About the Accessories Council
The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, national advocacy organization established in 1995. Our mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. We serve the industry globally which generates over $30 billion dollars annually in the United States alone. 

Over the past 5 years, membership has grown to include over 150 corporations representing the world's leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.