Accessories Magazine and FABB Honor Industry’s Best

In Retail News, Paparazzi, What's New, Industry News, People, Merchants Hall of Fame by Lauren Parker

Accessories Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Lauren Parker and Publisher Sherie Dolinoy fete the inductees into the 2016 Merchants Hall of Fame, awarded at FABB

Accessories Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Lauren Parker and Publisher Sherie Dolinoy fete the inductees into the 2016 Merchants Hall of Fame, awarded at FABB

Everyone was feelin’ FABB at the 27th Annual Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball, held Monday, May 4th at Chelsea Piers’ Pier 60. The event honored Ivanka Trump, Kohl’s Accessories & Jewelry Team and Accessories Magazine’s Merchant’s Hall of Fame. Stay tuned for party photos in another post!

The event was attended by over 850 of the top industry powerhouses, retail management and buyers from all the major stores and manufacturers in accessories.

FABB has raised over $15 million dollars for charities over the past 27 years.  All proceeds from the event will benefit our charities, which are chosen in part by our honorees (2016 recipients include The Eric Trump Foundation for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, who has had a partnership with Kohl’s Cares for the past 16 years, and The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America).


A major draw at FABB continues to be Accessories Magazine’s Merchants Hall of Fame, now in its sixth year. Both vendors and retailers nominate merchants for this prestigious award, and each winner is profiled in the January issue of Accessories. The inductees of the 2016 Accessories Magazine’s Merchant’s Hall of Fame this year are:

David Law, Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor

David Law, SVP/GMM Center Core & Intimate Apparel, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor

David Neri, Belk

David Neri, EVP/GMM Center Core, Belk

Lori Marten, Nordstrom

Lori Marten, VP/DMM Accessories & At Home, Nordstrom

Teri Gakos, Saks Off Fifth

Teri Gakos, VP/DMM Center Core, Saks Off Fifth

John Ruggieri, Charming Charlie

John Ruggieri, VP/DMM Fashion Accessories and Gifts, Charming Charlie

Christine Merrick, Lord & Taylor

Christine Merrick, VP/DMM Ladies’ Shoes and Handbags, Lord & Taylor

Jacquelyne Maddox, Francesca's

Jacquelyne Maddox, Divisional VP for Jewelry and Gift, Francesca’s

Kristy Luerkens, Von Maur

Kristy Luerkens, DMM Jewelry, Von Maur

Megan Seitz, Kohl's

Megan Seitz, Senior Buyer for Handbags and SLGS, Kohl’s

JoAn Velasco-Pineda, JCPenney

JoAn Velasco-Pineda, Senior Buyer for Fashion Jewelry, JCPenney

Anna Thompson-Sexe, Target

Anna Thompson-Sexe, Buyer for Fashion Jewelry, Target

Nanette Saha, Stage Stores

Nanette Saha, Buyer for Fine Jewelry, Stage Stores

Katie Huffnagle, Burlington Stores

Katie Huffnagle, Buyer for Costume Jewelry, Burlington Stores

Patti Hall, Gordmans

Patti Hall, Buyer for Handbags, Footwear, Legwear, Gordmans

Jeanie Nguyen, Kroger/Fred Meyer

Jeanie Nguyen, Buyer for Ladies Socks & Hosiery, Backpacks, Watches & Sunglasses, Kroger Co./Fred Meyer Inc.

Katie Shields, Boscov's

Katie Shields, Buyer for Handbags and Small Purse Accessories, Boscov’s


EVP, GMM Accessories, Jewelry, Children's & Juniors, Kohl's

Amy Kocourek, EVP, GMM Accessories, Jewelry, Children’s & Juniors, Kohl’s

Kohl’s Accessories and Jewelry Team was awarded the FABB FAME (Fashion Accessories Merchandising Excellence) Award for its outstanding work in accessories retailing.

“I want to thank our team at Kohl’s for stepping out on new ideas and taking risks to show up in unexpected and innovative ways,” said Amy Kocourek, EVP/GMM Accessories, Jewelry, Children’s & Juniors, Kohl’s. “It takes a lot to stand out in retail today. It’s not enough to just put great product in the store, you have to tell stories. We are on a mission at Kohl’s to tell stories for some of the most loved brands in unexpected ways.

“Last month we launched REED and we told the story of REED across handbags and apparel in the front of all of our stores. This is one of the biggest handbag launches we have ever done partnering with Global Brands. It’s a FIRST and we love first.  It’s a first for Reed himself to work with a retailer on a collaboration of this size and a first for Kohl’s to launch a limited time accessories collaboration.”


Liz Rodbell, President of Hudson's Bay, presented Ivanka Trump with the FABB Achievement Award.

Liz Rodbell, President of Hudson’s Bay, presented Ivanka Trump with the FABB Achievement Award.

Ivanka Trump was awarded the FABB Achievement Award for her outstanding achievement for her apparel, shoes, handbags and jewelry lines. Liz Rodbell, president of Hudson’s Bay Company presented the award.

“We are very successful with her brand,” says Rodbell. “What Ivanka has done is pretty fantastic. She’s very involved, engaged and doesn’t ‘loan her name out’ at all. She handles so much–she’s built a global lifestyle brand, not to mention that she’s executive vice president of the whole real estate business working on acquisitions, she’s the epitome of women who work and has done tremendous work with the #womenwhowork initiative. AND she’s a mother of three! When she was expanding her brand, we got to know each other and she was kind enough a few years to introduce me at FABB. It’s an honor to do it for her.”

Ivanka Trump was thrilled for her award as well, especially since her brother Eric was also recognized and in the FABB audience.

“I’m honored and excited about this FABB Achievement Award,” said Ivanka. “This is particularly an amazing night as my brother is also receiving an award for the work done helping the children of Saint Jude. I also feel deeply passionate about my fashion brand, and this award is a tremendous validation of all my hard work and the response of the customers to our designs.”

Further information about the event and information about the activities of the organization can be found at


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