NEW YORK — The night before the votes are cast for the next U.S. president, the accessories world will honor its own leaders and stars. On Nov. 1, the Accessories Council is holding its eighth ACE Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street here.
ACE, or Accessories Council Excellence, awards will be given to those in the business who have helped build consumer recognition for everything from handbags to shoes, jewelry, hats and scarves. In recent years, honorees have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Debra Messing and musical trio Destiny’s Child alongside established accessories heavyweights such as Coach’s Reed Krakoff, Judith Leiber and Kenneth Jay Lane.
This year’s sponsors are Avon, In Style, QVC, Ghurka, Lord & Taylor, Porsche Design, Safilo and WWD.
Here, a roundup of the nominees, as well as the special Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement and Retailer of the Year awards.
— Marc Karimzadeh and Emily Holt
Cole Haan, Target, Kors and Ferragamo photos by Robert Mitra.