The Accessories Council Excellence Awards (ACE Awards) were created in 1997 to pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry. The purpose of the awards gala is to celebrate those who have had a positive impact on accessory consumption during the prior year.
The event garners major multi-media attention among consumers as well as within the fashion and accessory industries. Awards are given to designers, retailers, journalists, celebrities and emerging companies. The ACE Awards also celebrates the contributions of designers and design houses that have made outstanding achievements in accessories design with Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement and Designer of the Year awards. Recognition is also given to honor the accomplishments of journalists and publications with the aptly named Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism and Magazine of the Year awards. Additionally, ACE honors individuals from the entertainment arena for their personal style and influence on fashion with the illustrious Influencer of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards.
Honorees are nominated and voted upon by their peers in the accessory industry, retailers, the Accessories Council Board of Directors and the fashion press. Honorees are announced in advance of the event which takes place annually.