The Accessories Council announced the winners of its second annual Design Excellence Awards on Thursday, via Zoom.
The Fine Jewelry Design Award went to Marina B for its luxe coiled Trisolina bracelet (pictured). While the Fashion Jewelry Award was given to BaubleBar for its beaded BaubleBar bracelet (below).
Moissanite jewelry brand Charles & Colvard won the Sustainability Award, a category that included shoes and handbags, for its Forever One moissanite emerald-cut ring (see it below).
Fourteen thousand people voted on designs for the awards, which were created by the Accessories Council in 2019 to expand the recognition of outstanding products across categories as determined by vote.
This year’s Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes one single iconic product that’s stood the test of time as determined by the Accessories Council Board, went to the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoe.
The NPD Growth Driver Award, a statistically driven item identified by the team at retail analytics firm NPD Group, was given to the Adidas Prime V backpack, and the first-ever Saga Furs: Best Runway Fur Accessory Award went to the Saga Fur handbag by LaQuan Smith.
Design Excellence Award–winning items are available for purchase in the United States via retail stores, e-commerce, TV retail, or direct marketing between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. And category finalists and winners receive promotional tools from the council that they can use to market their products to consumers.
The Accessories Council, which was established in 1994, is a nonprofit international trade association with members representing the spectrum of accessories categories. Its mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products.
Top: The Marina B Trisolina diamond 10-row bangle, $27,500, won the award for Best Fine Jewelry Design (all photos courtesy of the Accessories Council).
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