The Accessories Council AIC Program is a brand mentorship program designed to empower emerging talent in accessories innovation. The mission is to help participating brands amplify their business over a period of five months. Finalists will benefit from the Accessories Council’s network of industry leaders, mentorship based knowledge, educational seminars, networking opportunities, experience and exposure.

The Accessories Innovation Committee is a collective group of Industry experts with experience and influence in today’s fashion community. AIC believes in a “brands for brands” mentality that benefit not only each other, but the future of the Accessories Industry. The AIC Mentorship Program is designed to empower the next generation of accessory brands by providing a shared network of resources with the necessary tools needed to launch, sustain and grow a successful business. Candidates are carefully selected by the Committee on qualities of innovation, business potential and design.


Jay Lakhani, Founder and Designer of Deepa Gurnani

Committee Members

Florence Shin, Co-Founder of Covry Sunwear

Charlie Roberts, Product Director at Echo Design

Carrie Sporer, Brand Strategist and Founder at CS Consulting

Freida Rothman, Creative Director of Freida Rothman

Kimberly Lai, Founder and Designer of JAUNT

Liz Anthony, Founder of Mariposa Communications

Heather Hubbard, Creative Director of MR.

Jonathan Meizler, Founder and Creative Director of Title of Work

Kate Falchi, Co-Creator of Lovard

For more information on the AIC Program email jay@deepagurnani.com