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, 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, 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.