New York—As part of the festivities during the 22nd annual FABB (Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball), Accessories magazine honored the first 13 inductees into the 2011 Merchants Hall of Fame.
“What is so impressive about Accessories magazine’s Merchants Hall of Fame awards is that all of these amazing professionals have been voted in by their peers and the vendors they do business with,” Lorrie Frost, Accessories magazine’s publisher, told the more than 600-member audience at FABB on Tuesday.
Selected by Peers, Vendors
“All of them have distinguished themselves through: a keen sense of who their customer is, by developing strategic partnerships, and by having the ability to take risks by bringing in innovative and progressive accessories to their selling floors,” Frost said. “And they all have a strong sense of trend/fashion direction combined with timing on when to deliver merchandise to their customers.”
The Merchants Hall of Fame, which will be added to annually, welcomed the following as initial inductees:
Ginny Johnson, vice president, DMM, Belk Stores
Gretchen Deutmeyer, buyer, handbags and small leathergoods, Von Maur
Helen Cain, buyer, designer and trend jewelry, Lord & Taylor
Joyce Packman, vice president, DMM, handbags, small leathergoods, jewelry and watches, Bloomingdale’s
June Ley, accessories buyer, Bealls/Burkes Outlet
Laura C. Martinez, buyer, fashion jewelry, JCPenney
Lori Milligan Cassidy, buyer, costume and sterling jewelry, Stein Mart
Lynne Lindley, accessories director, rue21
Marnie Newkirk, senior buyer, soft accessories, Saks Fifth Avenue
Nancy Behrendt, vice president merchandising, eBags.com/Handbags.com
Risa Alper, buyer, footwear and handbags, Marmi
Stacey Manary, buyer, jewelry, hair accessories, sunglasses, watches, Buckle Inc.
Stephanie Mourao, product coordinator/buyer, Dillard’s
The Hall of Fame merchants each received a plaque commemorating the honor, which includes their respective full-page profile published in Accessories’ January 2011 issue.
Special note: Accessories magazine offers its sincerest apologies to Lori Milligan Cassidy of Stein Mart, whose name was inadvertently left out when the inductees were announced at FABB.