LIM College Students Win Accessories Council Competition and Scholarships

In What's New, Industry News by Accessories Staff

The accessories industry just found two new designers.

LIM College  students Rebecca Wieselberg and Natalia Salinas won an Accessories Council competition and scholarships for their presentations of a full-scale project concept, design and launch of an accessory brand/product.

The New York-based LIM College focused on business and fashion partnered with the Accessories Council to introduce a new course that taught students about launching an accessory brand/product. It was also a scholarship competition. During the term, the class learned elements needed to start a successful accessory brand, including product development, marketing, public relations and social media. For their final project, students created a full-scale product plan which they could submit for scholarship consideration.

Rebecca Wieselberg

Rebecca Wieselberg, a junior majoring in Fashion Merchandising, won the Accessories Council competition and a $3,000 scholarship for her concept and design of Changeover Eyewear – a transition lens that controls the tint of eyeglasses. The eyewear comes in stylish designs that are customizable.  A 2015 graduate of Neshaminy High School in Pennsylvania, Rebecca is currently a sales intern at LoveShackFancy and plans to pursue a career in buying, planning, or wholesale.

Natalia Salinas

Natalia Salinas, a senior majoring in Fashion Merchandising, won the Accessories Council competition and a $2,000 scholarship for her concept and design of the Care Bracelet, stylish medical ID bracelets for patients with conditions such as epilepsy, cardiac conditions, and allergies. A 2015 graduate of Centro Universitario Anglo Mexicano in Cancun, Natalia has completed internships at Dolce & Gabbana and the Ven Agency.  She expects to pursue a career in buying.

Seven students presented their projects to a panel of industry professionals, including Ed Jankowski, CEO, XpresSpa, Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council. Rachel Rowberry, Creative Director, Collection 18, Leena Gurevich, Director Marketing & Events, Accessories Council. Desmond Lam, Design Director, Marchon Eyewear and Susan Moniello, Vice President – Design & Product Development, Marchon Eyewear. The criteria for winning the competition were innovation, entrepreneurialism, and creativity.

Accessories Council / LIM Scholarship

Licensing: Marchon Eyewear and Karl Lagerfeld Eyewear Renew Global Agreement