NEW YORK — On Nov. 1, the Accessories Council will hand out eight awards to accessories makers at a glittering black-tie gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street here.

Gordon Thompson III, executive vice president and creative director at Cole Haan, will receive the Accessory Designer of the Year award. The Accessory Rising Star accolade will go to jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, while the Ugg Australia Classic boot has been crowned with this year’s “It” Accessory award.

As reported, awards that evening will also go to Kimora Lee Simmons (Fashion Influencer), Hermès (Hall of Fame), Carlos Falchi (Lifetime Achievement), Bloomingdale’s (Retailer of the Year) and Marylou Luther (Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism).

— Marc Karimzadeh

This story first appeared in the September 27, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.