2024 Design Excellence Awards

This years Design Excellence Awards application is now open!

Entry Period: June 24 - August 30
Finalists Announced: September 10
Awards Ceremony: November 4

The Design Excellence Awards highlight outstanding new and innovative products offering finalists and winners an exciting platform to celebrate their products.

BENEFITS OF ENTERING:
* Finalists and winners will receive recognition for their product and brand
* Each finalist and winner will receive an “AC Seal” that can be used on the product for the life of the item
* Last year, we had over 10,000 votes for products
* Finalists featured in the Fall issue of Ac Magazine (out the first week of October)
* Winners will be featured in the Winter issue of Ac Magazine (out the first week of January)

CATEGORIES INCLUDE:
Brand Collaborations
Eyewear (Optical) Independent (1-2 brands)
Eyewear (Optical) Multi-Brand (3 or more brands)
Eyewear (Sun) Independent (1-2 brands)
Eyewear (Sun) Multi-Brand (3 or more brands)
Fashion Jewelry under $100
Fashion Jewelry over $100
Fine Jewelry under $1000
Fine Jewelry over $1000
Footwear over $250
Footwear under $250
General Accessories (Soft accessories, scarves, SLG's, Gloves, Belts, Hats, and Umbrellas)
Handbags over $1000
Handbags under $1000
Social Impact (Charity, Diversity, Inclusion)
Sustainability
Tech & Innovation (luxury & fashion watches)

Thank you to our sponsors Marchon, FashionGo, and Fashionphile.

More information on sponsorship opportunities HERE.

APPLY HERE

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2023 Year's Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Design Excellence Awards Winners!
Thank you to our sponsors: Marchon Eyewear, FashionGo, FASHIONPHILE, and LIM College.

HALL OF FAME: LUCCHESE
CIRCANA TOP ITEM AWARD: THE TOTE BAG
FASHIONGO BUYERS CHOICE AWARD: BRUNNACO
BRAND COLLABORATION: STUART WEITZMAN X AKNVAS - RUFFLE BOOTIE
EYEWEAR (OPTICAL): EYEWEAR BY DAVID BECKHAM - DB 7116 and VOGUE - VO5527
EYEWEAR (SUN): LANVIN - LNV664S
FASHION JEWELRY: BROSWAY ITALIA - BRACELET CHAKRA MYSTIC and NADRI - “ROCK STARS” OMBRE BLUE CHANDELIER EARRINGS
FINE JEWELRY: LAGOS - SMART CAVIAR LUX
FOOTWEAR (OVER $250): VERONICA BEARD - VESPER TALL SHAFT BOOT WIDE CALF
FOOTWEAR (UNDER $250): MERRELL - MTL MQM X REESE COOPER
GENERAL ACCESSORIES: WALLAROO HAT COMPANY - TULUM ARTISANAL HAT
HANDBAGS (OVER $1,000): SHINOLA DETROIT - OVERNIGHT SATCHEL
HANDBAGS (UNDER $1,000): BRAHMIN - CAROLINE IN BLACK NERINA
SOCIAL IMPACT: FREIDA ROTHMAN - WOMEN OF STRENGTH
SUSTAINABILITY: PIPER & SKYE - LOLA CROSSBODY
TECH AND INNOVATION: SHED RAIN - VORTEX V2

2022 Winners

Thank you to our sponsors: Marchon, Saga Furs, Fashionphile, Market, LIM College, Straub Collaborative, Insider Creations, FashionGo and Philmar Fabrics

HALL OF FAME: MR. LANFRANCO BELEGGIA, NPD GROWTH DRIVER: TRAVELPRO - PLATINUM ELITE 21" EXPANDABLE CARRY-ON SPINNER ACCEPTED BY OFELIA SILVA, SAGA FURS, BLACKGLAMA: POLOGEORGIS - WEEKENDER BAG, FASHIONGO BEST OF THE BEST: EVERINA - SUNNY, EYEWEAR (OPTICAL): CAROLINA HERRERA (SAFILO GROUP) - CAROLINA HERRERA 0080, EYEWEAR (SUN): AMERICAN OPTICAL - OXFORD, FASHION JEWELRY:ANNA ZUCKERMAN LUXURY - GRACE 40 EARRINGS and COLETTE MALOUF - JEWELED GALAXY BARRETTE, FINE JEWELRY: SHAHLA KARIMI - CLUSTER GAP RING NO. 2, FOOTWEAR (OVER $250): MIA BECAR - ALLIE SATIN LACE-UP SANDAL, FOOTWEAR (UNDER $250): FRANCO SARTO (CALERES) - L-DIZZY (ECO-CONSCIOUS HIKING BOOT), HANDBAGS (OVER $1,000): KIMBERLY PUCCI - THE NICCOLO, HANDBAGS (UNDER $1,000): HAMMITT - THE ALLEN, SOCIAL IMPACT: R. RIVETER - THE CORBIN | CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK, SOFT ACCESSORIES, BELTS, SLG’S: GIGI BURRIS MILLINERY - IDA RAFFIA CROCHET, SUSTAINABILITY: KBH JEWELS - MAGNUM WAVE WRAP RING, TECH AND INNOVATION: MONICA RICH KOSANN - DESIGN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE

2021 Winners

Watch the 2021 awards here: Watch

HALL OF FAME: COACH - THE ROGUE BAG, NPD GROWTH DRIVER: SAMSONITE- 28” FREEFORM SPINNER SUITCASE, TECH AND INNOVATION: THE NO. 2 EYEWEAR - THE NO. 2 EYEWEAR, SAGA FURS, BLACKGLAMA: ROMEO HUNTE, EYEWEAR (OPTICAL): BURBERRY (LUXOTTICA) - BE2332, EYEWEAR (SUN): PRADA (LUXOTTICA) - PR16WS and STATE OPTICAL CO. - REUNION BY STATE X MAXWELL, FASHION JEWELRY: DEEPA GURNANI - POPCORN EARRINGS, FINE JEWELRY: DARIA DE KONING - GREEN/NAVY NO. 3, FOOTWEAR (OVER $250): LORI SILVERMAN® SHOES- CHASE HIGH-TOP SNEAKER WITH CRYSTAL SOLE®, FOOTWEAR (UNDER $250): DR. SCHOLL’S SHOES (CALERES) - HUNTER, HANDBAGS (OVER $1,000): ETOILE - ALESSIA LARGE BOA TOTE WITH INSERT, HANDBAGS (UNDER $1,000): POP BAG USA - CLASSIC TOTE BAG BUNDLE, PERSONAL ACCESSORIES: KELLY WYNNE - ROUND TRIP TOILETRY CASE, SOCIAL IMPACT: AKOLA - UNLOCK-IT BRACELET, SUSTAINABILITY: THE OCEAN CLEANUP (SAFILO) - THE OCEAN CLEANUP SUNGLASSES