ACES HIGH: The Accessories Council has revealed the honorees of the 15th annual 2009 ACE Awards Gala, which takes place Nov. 2 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier will be given Designer of the Year; In Style’s Hal Rubenstein will receive the Marylou Luther Journalism Award; Burberry will be named Brand of the Year; Nine West’s Fred Allard will be given Influencer of the Year; V Magazine will receive Magazine of the Year; Zappos will be given Retailer of the Year; Gilt Group will get the award for Retail Innovation, and Tom’s Shoes’ Blake Mycoskie will receive the Humanitarian Award. The ACE Awards fete brands and people who have had a positive impact on the accessories industry.

“Though times have been tough economically, we are dedicated to honoring these companies and individuals who have pushed through barriers and lead the way in promoting our industry throughout the years,” said Accessories Council president Karen Giberson.

SAY EYE: French fashion chain Zadig & Voltaire is branching out into eyewear.

Best known for its luxury streetwear look, Zadig is teaming up with Lunettes Grasset Associés to launch an eyewear collection, set to reach optical stores in the second half of 2010. It will comprise men’s and women’s frames, including sunglasses and prescription eyewear. Lunettes Grasset Associés already manufactures eyewear under license for Levi’s, Eden Park, DDP and agnès b.

Zadig also carries watches, jewelry and leather goods collections.

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