CHICAGO — Mon Cheri Bridals was named manufacturer of the year for bridal gowns at the 13th annual Debi awards gala during the National Bridal Market.
The Debi (Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry) award winners are chosen by vote of bridal retailers around the country.
The Debi winners of manufacturer of the year in other categories were: After Six for Her for bridesmaid gowns, AA Bridal for headpieces, Dyeables for footwear, Alyce Designs for prom gowns, Le Gala by Mon Cheri for special occasion gowns and eveningwear, Mon Cheri Flowergirls for flowergirls, Jovani Fashions for mother-of-the-bride, and Bridal Potpourri for accessories and gloves.
The Style Innovator award for design achievement, fashion leadership and craftsmanship went to Randy Fenoli of The Diamond Collection. The Rising Star award was presented to Maggie Sottero.
Jim Hjelm of Jim Hjelm International, a bridal and bridesmaid gown manufacturer, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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