Theory, STORY and Tracee Ellis Ross Among Honorees at the 2018 ACE Awards

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

ACE Awards. Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council

Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council, presenting at the 2017 ACE Awards

The Accessories Council has lined up industry A-Listers for its 22nd Annual ACE Awards, honoring individuals and companies who have furthered the awareness and use of accessories. The event will be held at Cipriani New York on Monday, June 11, 2018.

The 2018 Honorees: 

  • American Heritage Award – Brooks Brothers
  • Breakthrough Award – Allbirds
  • Business Excellence Award – The Jewelry Group
  • Business Leadership Award – Andrew Rosen of Theory
  • Hall of Fame Award – Sam & Libby Edelman
  • Legacy Award – Longchamp
  • Retail Influencer Award – KITH
  • Retail Innovation Award – Westfield Corp
  • Specialty Retailer Award – STORY, accepted by Founder, Rachel Shechtman
  • Style Ambassador Award – Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Style Influencer Award – Micaela Erlanger

The ACE Awards were created in 1997 to pay homage to those that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry. Over the past 22 years, the Accessories Council has honored and recognized global brands and pioneers, positioning them in the forefront of the fashion industry. The ACE Awards are presented to designers, brands, retailers, celebrities and media who have helped to enhance sales and promote accessories. Sponsors of the event include UBM, Marchon, Swarovski, LIM College, Signal Brands, Caleres and Judith Leiber.


The 2018 honorees are in good company. Past award recipients and guests have included: Alber Elbaz, Alexander Wang, Bergdorf Goodman, Bulgari, Coach, Coco Rocha, Dakota Fanning, Debra Messing, Diane Von Furstenberg, Flo Rida, Heidi Klum, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lopez, John Demsey, Julianna Margulies & Daniel Lawson, Kanye West, Kate Spade New York, Kendra Scott, Kenneth Cole, Kerry Washington & Lyn Paolo, Lady Gaga, Lorraine Schwartz, Naomi Campbell, Nicholas Ghesquire, Nina Garcia, Philip Lim, Priyanka Chopra, Proenza Schouler, Rachel Zoe, Ray-Ban, Sarah Jessica Parker, Shinola, Betsey Johnson, Stella McCartney, Taraji P. Henson and more.

The Accessories Council, a not-for-profit international trade association established in 1994. Its mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. The Accessories Council serves the industry globally, which generates over $54 billion dollars annually in the United States alone. Membership is represented internationally by the world’s leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.

For more information on tickets, tables, sponsorships or the ACE Awards Journal ad please contact the Accessories Council at 212-947-1135 or For updates on the night of the Awards, follow the Accessories Council on Twitter @AccessoryNews Instagram @accessoriescouncil and include hashtag  #ACEAWARDS.

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