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Accessories Council Unveils First Round of Honorees

For the first time, the ACE Designer of the Year Award will be presented to three designers at one brand, Calvin Klein Collection.

The Accessories Council has unveiled its first round of honorees for the Accessories Council Excellence Awards gala, which will be held on Nov. 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.

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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.

Sponsored by Swarovski, this year’s show will honor Constance White with the Mary Lou Luther Journalism Award, Theodora & Callum with the Brand Launch Award, C. Wonder with the Specialty Retailer Award, 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.

“These brands and the people behind them have been industry leaders and set the tone for the growth of accessories as a whole,” said Accessories Council president Karen Giberson.

Additional honorees will be announced closer to the ceremony date.